International VDI Conference - Tunnel Construction

  • Discuss international projects and current developments in the tunneling industry with international colleagues and experts.
  • See how Building Information Modeling shapes the future of planning and designing tunnel projects
  • Learn more about construction techniques from tunneling projects all over the world
  • See how the digitized tunnel construction site impacts the industry today and in the future
  • Make valuable new contacts in the networking sessions and visit the parallel 2nd Smart Construction Equipment conference, for free!
Tunnel Construction | VDI conference

The VDI Tunnel Construction conference will bring together international experts and key players from the industry to discuss important issues such as building information modeling, excavation and construction methods, challenging inner-city projects, maintenance and retrofitting as well as digitalization and innovative new technologies. Listen to our speakers from companies such as Herrenknecht, Laing O'Rourke, PORR Bau GmbH, Bouygues Construction, Bane NOR, ADSSC, Ferrovial-Agroman, Implenia, WSP Sverige, Amberg Engineering, Babendererde, Bekaert Maccaferri Underground Solution, GEODATA and many more!Find out about the challenges and opportunities for tunnel construction and how new and creative ideas will keep you ahead in the marketplace.

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Drone Based Deformation Monitoring at the Tunnel Project Zentrum am Berg
Author: Dr. Klaus Chmelina, Geodata Ziviltechnikergesellschaft m.b.H

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Stay on top of important developments underground

Working and building underground is one of the most demanding challenges the building industry faces. The underground space offers many possibilities, but using it to its full capacity still proves to be a world-wide challenge. The increasing digitalization of the construction site and an expanding urban population mean that underground construction needs to move at a more rapid pace. Thus, it’s important to stay on top of new developments in tunnel technology, safety and planning. The VDI Tunnel Construction conference is the ideal venue to meet with tunnel-business experts and colleagues to discuss the future of this fast-moving and growing industry.

A truly international event, this conference brings together specialists from all over Europe, to engage in discussions, exchange experiences and network. With a conference program developed in cooperation with Dr. Martin Herrenknecht, you will have the opportunity to learn about practical examples of tunneling practice around the world as well as new innovations, technologies and methods.

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Tuesday, December 4, 2018


Registration & welcome coffee


Chair’s welcome & opening address

Conference chair: Dr.-Ing. E.H. Martin Herrenknecht, Chairman of the Board of Management, Herrenknecht AG, Germany

I. Planning a Tunnel Project


The Amsterdam Metro - Planning and Building the new North/South Line

  • The importance of communication
  • Integrating and implementing the planned system
  • How do the surroundings react to the construction work? – Lessons learned

Dr. Hoite Detmar, Managing Director Project North/South Line, Metro & Tram Amsterdam, The Netherlands


BIM for Hard Rock Tunnelling – A Practical Example from Scandinavia

  • Geotechnical Data Delivery – the BIM approach
  • Design of the new Stockholm Metro Yellow Line
  • Lessons learned when integrating data into 3D models

Miriam Cegrell, Project Manager, WSP, Sweden


Planning and Construction of Abu Dhabi Deep Gravity Sewerage System (STEP) – A Case Study

  • Operational Challenges – 2005 onwards
  • Optioneering and Master Planning
  • Tender strategy and awards
  • Construction Management & Lessons learned

Alan Thomson, Former Managing Director of ADSSC, United Arabic Emirates

II. Innovation & Digitalisation on the Tunnel Construction Site


State & Future of Tunnel Monitoring and Tunnel Data Management

  • Tunnel information systems and Building Information Modelling
  • Tunnel monitoring by drones and robots
  • VR/MR/AR tunnel applications

Dr. Klaus Chmelina, Area Manager R&D, Geodata Ziviltechnikergesellschaft m.b.H., Austria




Data Management in TBM Tunnelling - From Table Lists to Big Data

  • SWOT analysis of Big Data in tunnelling
  • Economic data captured from various data sources
  • Co-operations with other software systems like BIM
  • Example of Analysis

Frank Stahl, Technical Director Tunnelsoft, Babendererde Engineers, Germany


The Crossrail Project – Innovation & Technology used in a Tunnel Environment

  • The use of AR to help the engineering function during the construction of the Crossrail Liverpool Street Project
  • Constructing the platforms underground using DfMA (Design for Manufacturing and Assembly)
  • Using AR to help the engineering function during construction
  • Working with AUV technologies underground for scanning and process reporting

Ravintheran Kugananthan, Project Engineer, Laing O‘Rourke, UK


World Cafés

Logistic Management of deep Tunnels with long and multiple Drives Michele Janutolo Barlet, PHD., Project Manager, BG Ingénieurs Conseils, France

CDE and BIM in tunnel construction Jules van der Weide, Managing Director, think project! BeNeLux, The Netherlands


Networking & coffee break


A new Generation of Fiber -  Innovative FRC Design based on Model Code 2010 for Underground Application

  • Fibre reinforced concrete – Innovative design (inner lining, shaft, CIP)
  • Precast tunnel segments  - Higher impact resistance and durability advantages
  • Cracking control during construction phases

Benoit De Rivaz, CivEng, Global Technical Manager, Bekaert Maccaferri Underground Solution, Belgium

III. Tunnelling Methods


Mechanized Cross-Passages under High Pressure – the Tuen Mun Chek Lap Kok Experience

  • Design concept and site implementation
  • Using mechanized excavation on cross-passages in soft ground
  • The challenge of high water pressure

Thibaut Lockhart, M.Sc., M.Eng., Engineering Manager, Bouygues Travaux Publics, France; co-authors: Estelle Cagnat, M.Eng, Methods Manager of TMCLK project, Morgan Oleron, M.Eng, Construction Manager (CPs of TMCLK project), both: Dragages HK, China


Summary of the first conference day

Get Together in the name of Saint Barbara

At the end of the first conference day we kindly invite you to use the relaxed and informal atmosphere for in-depth conversations with other participants and speakers.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

III. Tunnelling Methods


New Developments of TBM : Variable Density

  • History of multi-modes TBM
  • Evolution and main principles of Variable Density TBM
  • Project references and lessons learned

Frédéric Battistoni, Mechanical Engineer, Project Manager, Herrenknecht AG, Germany


The Follo Line - Different Excavations Methods for one Project

  • Consideration of geological conditions and decision-making for the excavation methods for the different parts of the 20km tunnel
  • Experiences with excavation by Drill and Split in the northern part of the tunnel
  • Lessons Learned from operating four TBMs from one single access point
  • Interface with other sensitive infrastructure and tailor-made machines for hard-rock excavation

Anne Kathrine Kalager, Project Manager Follo Line, Bane Nor, Norway


Microtunnelling - Status & Outreach of Technology

  • Current status of technology and achievements
  • Comparison with other methods
  • Lessons Learned; working and drilling under a riverbed and launching seal replacements under water

Juan Hoyo Rodriguez, Microtunnelling Construction Manager, BESSAC, France


Networking & Coffee break

IV. Inner-City Projects & Urban Tunnelling


The Role of Monitoring and Modelling to control the EPB Operation in Settlement Sensitive Areas

  • Analytical and numerical tools for settlement prediction
  • Calibration procedures of the models
  • TBM operational factors
  • Building structural factors & case histories

Davor Simic, Ph.D. Civil Engineer, Head of Geotechnical Area, Ferrovial- Agroman, Spain


Metro Doha Green Line - Experiences from Execution of a large Urban Tunnelling Project under Challenging Conditions

  • Design and build contract
  • Large scale urban tunneling
  • Logistics for serving 6 TBM‘s at the same time

Dipl. Ing. Hans Köhler, Director of Tunneling Department, PORR Bau GmbH, Austria


Project Eiganes - Building a Highway Junction under the City of Stavanger/Norway

  • Tackling the challenges of excavation
  • Noise and vibration control
  • Drill and Blast near existing structures

Dipl.-Ing. Jens Classen, Managing Director, Implenia Construction GmbH, Germany




Brussels Metro North: Design and Technical Challenges

  • An overview of Brussels Metro North Project
  • Design concept: comparison of different tunneling layouts
  • Technical challenges: TBM recommendation, settlement analysis & interfaces tunnel/station

Dipl. Ing. EPFL Laurence Delplace, Deputy Program Manager Brussels Metro North, Amberg Engineering AG, Switzerland; co-authors: Dipl. Ing. Jordi Illa, Project Manager, Amberg Engineering, Dipl. Ing. Catherine Fabry, Project Manager, Sweco, Belgium

V. Safety and Tunnel Maintenance


Compliance with actual Safety Regulations - a Heavy Task for Retrofitting and Maintaining Tunnels

  • Situation of the building stock in Europe
  • Safety regulations and compliance
  • Concepts and measures for retrofitting

Dr.-Ing. Goetz Vollmann, Assistant Professor, Institute for Tunneling and Construction Management, Ruhr University Bochum, Germany


Emergency Planning & Management for Road Tunnels

  • The importance of tunnel safety
  • The emergency response plan as a key to collaboration
  • Being a partner in incident command - The tunnel operator

Han Admiraal, CivEng, Managing Director, Enprodes Management Consultancy BV, the Netherlands


Conference chair‘s closing remarks


End of conference

If you have any questions regarding the conference, please contact Maria Baumeister.

Who is the VDI Tunnel Construction conference for?

This VDI conference is ideal for senior engineers, managers and senior executives working in construction companies, engineering and planning, third party supply companies, contractors as well as national and regional authorities responsible for tunnel projects.

Expand your network and connect with international experts

As a participant of the Tunnel Construction conference, you will be able to attend the parallel international VDI conference on Smart Construction Equipment at no additional cost. The joint evening event on the first day of the conference is a perfect opportunity to establish new contacts and offers excellent networking opportunities. Network with speakers from Vinci Construction, Hochtief Vicon, Strabag, Caterpillar, Volvo Zeppelin Baumaschinen, the Fraunhofer Institute IPM, BuroHappold Engineering, Google and many more. Attendants and presenters from both conferences will come together in a relaxed environment with food and drinks.

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You’d like to stay on top of the international developments in the tunneling industry? You’re interested in networking and engaging with international experts and specialists in tunneling, construction and innovation? Then book your space at the VDI Tunnel Construction conference now!
If you are a startup or public funded / state owned enterprise you might qualify for a special discounted rate. Please contact us directly.

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