Educational programme

Education in the field of underground construction is one of the main missions and targets of current ITA-AITES activities that are in the process of implementation.

As early as on September 11, 2006, the one-day initial educational workshop “Fundamentals of Urban Tunnelling” has been organized.

Within the main pre-congress educational workshop “Tunnelling in Urban Areas” on May 4 and May 5, 2007, experts of ITA-AITES from all over the world will give lectures to postgraduate students and young engineers under the auspices of the Czech technical universities. Registration form for this workshop available on the web page


Date: Friday, May 4 – Saturday, May 5
Venue: The Czech Technical University,
Masaryk’s Campus
Thákurova 1, Prague 6 - Dejvice
Topic: Tunnelling in urban areas
Official language:     English


Topic Lecturer/s Country
Specific Conditions and Requirements for Tunnelling in Urban Areas: General and Environmental Aspects A. Assis Brasil
Conventional Tunneling in Urban Areas - General M. Frankovsky & P. Stefko Slovakia
Mechanized Tunnelling in Urban Areas - General M. Thewes & F.Gruebl Germany
Face Stability in Conventional Tunnelling and EPB Soil Conditioning D. Peila & C. Oggeri Italy
Risk Management M. Knights UK
Conventional Tunnelling – Case Histories with Ground Reinforcing  Part 1, Part 2 H.Wagner Austria
Urban Tunnelling in Hard Rock E. Grov Norway
Settlements Induced by Tunneling in Soft Ground E. Leca France
Health and Safety in Tunnel Construction D. Lamont UK
Monitoring of Tunnel in Urban Areas F. Amberg Switzerland
Numerical modelling in tunnels R.Bucek Czech Rep.
Mechanized Tunnelling in Urban Areas – Case History K. Bäppler Germany
Mechanized Tunnelling in Urban Areas - Case History T. Tersigni Canada
Tunnelling in Urban Area by Slurry Type TBM (Railway Bosphorus Tube Crossing Tunnels and Stations) I. Takashi Japan
Epping to Chatswood Rail Link O. G. Askilsrud USA
Conventional Tunneling in Urban Area – Case History and Future Prospect in Japan K. Fukumoto Japan

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Technical Excursions

New Connection Tunnels
Date: Sunday, May 6, 2007
Time: 09:00- 12:00

Visit to the New Connection Tunnels under construction, part of the Prague renewed railway net project.
The 1316m and 1365m long double-rail tunnels, which are being built on the New Connection railway lines passing under Vítkov Hill, will remove the negative impact of railway traffic on residents of the adjacent districts of the city. The parts of the city where the construction is located are architecturally exposed, therefore the solution to technical issues and the architectural solution had to be matched up, both in terms of visual complexes and the design of details. The tunnels, which are driven using the New Austrian Tunnelling Method, pass under the preserved building of National Monument with the great equestrian monument of Jan Žižka of Trocnov. Stringent limits of deformation of the ground surface above the mined tunnels were maintained, therefore the above-mentioned structures suffered no damage.

Competition to young geotechnical engineers

The competition sponsored by Czech Tunnelling Committee ITA/AITES and FINE Ltd. is open to young geotechnical engineers who produce a poster presentation of their work. Please note that participation in the competition must be filled out in the on-line Registration Form. The posters will be exhibited during the educational workshop and will be judged by committee constituted from ITA/AITES members in the last day of the training course. The first three best poster presentations will be awarded (by the full version of GEO 4 FEM software, the Proceedings of ITA-AITES World tunnel congress 2007 “Underground Space – the 4th Dimension of Metropolises”, the new book “Tunnelling in the Czech Republic”).


The exhibition (in the form of posters) will be installed in the lounge close to the meeting room. It provides a chance of the firm activities presentation to young engineers. Companies can rent there a board in size 1 x 1m, surface carpet. The price of a board is CZK 4.000.