Tunnelling Conference delegates

Set to take place on 14-15 October 2019 at the Aerial UTS Function Centre in Sydney, the highly anticipated 16th Australian Tunnelling Conference will bring together tunnelling leaders, engineers and industry experts to share best practice ideas in tunnelling design, construction, safety and maintenance.

Supported by the Australian Tunnelling Society, the Conference will overview current and future tunnelling projects, discuss the latest industry developments, and hear from those at the forefront of the most recent Australasian and global tunnelling projects in a comprehensive two-day agenda.

A presentation on Tunnelling in South East Asia by Dr. Sofren Leo Suhaendi, Associate/Tunnel Design Manager at Arup Singapore, will give insight into the design and construction aspects of several challenging major underground infrastructure projects that have been completed and are still on-going in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Indonesia. 

With vast infrastructure development in the South East Asia Region, future planning and design will require innovative solutions and technologies to overcome the challenges of sustainability and productivity. 

Dr. Suhaendi will share lessons learnt from tunnelling projects employing technical innovations and discuss the further application of these technics to the upcoming South East Asia Tunnel Projects.

Other international case studies will include a presentation on the Gripper TBM used for the Tulfes-Pfons exploratory tunnel at the Brenner in complex geology by Dr. Karin Bäppler, Head of Business Development and Geotechnics & Consulting, Traffic Tunnelling Group at Herrenknecht AG, Germany; and a presentation by Hans de Wit, Managing Director/Senior Consultant at Tunnel Engineering Consultants, on The Immersed Tunnel of Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge. 

Zhiguo Zhang, Deputy General Manager of China Railway Engineering Equipment Group, will also present a case study on CREG’s 8.03m Gripper TBM for a 20km Drive in Jilin Province, China. 

Discussions of future and current projects will include a presentation from Doug Parris of Transport NSW on the Western Harbour Tunnel and Beaches Link program he directs, as well as a case study on the Melbourne Metro Tunnel Project, presented by Paul Thomas, Deputy Director, Tunnelling & Underground Stations at Rail Projects Victoria. 

Project Manager of the M4 East & M4-M5 Link Projects at WestConnex Transurban Matt Morgan will present on Delivering Australia’s Largest Road Infrastructure Project, covering the Parramatta Rd Ventilation Facility, BIM, in-tunnel wayfinding and a construction overview.

Another key session will be a presentation by Dave Evans, Director of Engineering of Snowy 2.0 at Snowy Hydro Limited, who will speak on Expanding the Legacy of the Snowy Hydro Electric Scheme, including its current status, contracting strategy, technical challenges and world firsts.

Both days of the Conference will close with panel discussions. The first will focus on what an infrastructure spending spree combined with a shortfall of skilled engineers means for the industry and what is being done to solve this issue. 

The second panel will look at the need for a more collaborative approach to tunnel construction including the need for Government support in project timelines, and determining the ingredients for successful collaboration on tunnelling projects.

The Conference is sponsored by Herrenknecht, DSI Underground, Ampcontrol, China Railway Engineering Equipment (Australia) Pty Ltd (CREGA), Normet, The Robbins Company and Hydroflux, and will feature a variety of exhibitors including Datwyler, HMI, Vermeer, GLS Monitoring and Grydale.

This partner content is brought to you by Informa. The 16th Australian Tunnelling Conference will be held 14–15 October at the Aerial UTS Function Centre in Sydney. Visit the event website to view the full agenda or click here to register.

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