International Seminar "Sustainable Road Tunnel Operations"

 Da Nang (Viet Nam), 23-25 October

The Viet Nam Road and Bridge Association (VIBRA) and the Technical Committee 3.3 "Road Tunnels Operations" of the World Road Association (PIARC) co-organized this International Seminar with the support of governmental authorities.

Preparatory Documents for the International Seminar

The Seminar had been preceded, on 22nd and 23st October 2013, by the meeting of World Road Association Technical Committee 3.3 on Road Tunnel Operation in Da Nang City, where attendees listened to presentations on tunnel management and operation and participated to a technical visit at Hai Van tunnel.

The seminar itself welcomed 30 foreign experts from 10 countries, including PIARC members, senior officials from Cambodia and Lao PDR, and more than 60 Vietnamese top officials and experts from various national and regional bodies.

While welcoming participants, Mr Van Huu Chien, Chairman of Da Nang People's Committee, pointed out that after two successive storms the City overcame consequences and could still present the aspect of a dynamic, developed and hospitable city. On behalf of two organizing agencies, Mr Ngo Thinh Duc, Chairman of VIBRA, expressed their honour to host World Road Association Seminar on road tunnels, stressing the complex technique it requires and its high significance for developing countries like Viet Nam.

The Chairman of Technical Committee 3.3, Mr Ignacio Del Rey (Spain) thanked Viet Nam organizing agencies and started with presentation on The World Road Association and its Road Tunnel Operations Technical Committee.

During the seminar itself, co-chaired by VIBRA, the Directorate for roads of Viet Nam (DRVN) and the World Road Association, 16 presentations dealt with several examples and challenges recently faced by Viet Nam as well as with recent developments in various countries (Belgium, China, Denmark, France, Norway, Switzerland, UK), displaying a wide range of topics from both local and international experience. They were enriched by numerous and frank questions and comments from all participants.

In the closing session, Mr Ngo Thinh Duc and chairman Ignacio del Rey sincerely thanked the Chairman of Da Nang People's Committee and related agencies of the City for creating favourable conditions for the seminar.

International Seminar Program - 23-25 October 2013
"Sustainable Road Tunnel Operations"

First day of the Seminar (23 October)

Hour

Technical visit to Hai Van tunnel

09:00
14:00

Departure from Pullman Da Nang Beach Resort

- Briefing on Hai Van Tunnel Operation then visit to Hai Van Tunnel from the South to the North
- Lunch at Lang Co Beach (the North side)
- Return to the Pullman

Afternoon : Free time

Second day of the Seminar (24 October)

Hour

Conferences

09:00
09:30

Registration

09:30
10:30

Opening session

Welcome and seminar opening by the Vietnamese and PIARC Authorities
- Mr Ignacio Del Rey, hairman of PIARC Technical Committee 3.3
- Mr Van Huu Chien, Chairman of Da Nang People's Committee
- Mr Ngo Thinh Duc, Chairman of the Vietnam Bridge and Road Association

PIARC and its Road Tunnel Operations Technical Committee
Mr Ignacio Del Rey
, PIARC Technical Committee 3.3 Chairman, UPM (Spain)

10:30
11:00

Coffee break

11:00
12:30

Session I - Environmental issues during operation

Environmental issues during road tunnel operation in Viet Nam
Mr Nguyen Huu Tien, Deputy Director General, Environment Department, Ministry of Transport of Viet Nam

Norway Airborne dust and particle cleaning in road tunnels
Mr Harald Buvik, Norwegian Public Roads Administration

Questions and answers

12:30
13:30

Lunch

13:30
15:00

Session II - Design and construction method for sustainable operation Part 1 : Road tunnels in General

Design and construction methods on Deo Ngang under mountain tunnel
Transport Engineering Design Institute, Ministry of Transport of Viet Nam

Strategic issues and construction methods
Mr Bernard Falconnat and Mr Frédéric Walet, Egis Tunnels (France)

Questions and answers

15:00
15:30

Coffee break

15:30
17:00

Session II - Design and construction method for sustainable operation Part 2 : Under-river and urban tunnels

Design and construction methods on Thu Thiem under-river tunnel
Mr Pham Anh Quan, Deputy Team Leader, East-West Expressway Project management Unit, Ho Chi Minh People's Committee

Enlightenment for Under-river Overpass Tunnel Project across Xiangjiang River in China
Mr Hao Ding, National Engineering Laboratory for Highway Tunnel Construction Technology of China (China)

Concept and issues of Urban Tunnels
Mr Bernard Falconnat and Mr Frédéric Walet, Egis Tunnel (France)

Questions and answers

19:00

Official seminar dinner sponsored by Da Nang People Committee

Third day of the Seminar (25 October)

Hour

Conferences

09:00
10:35

 Session III - Road tunnel operation

Operation issues on Hai Van Tunnel
Mr Nguyen Dinh Bach, General Director, Hai Van Maintenance and Operation Company

Operational resilience of road tunnels
Mr Marc Tesson, CETU (France)

Optimization of Operation and Maintenance Activities and Costs for Road Tunnels based on Experience
Mr Jorgen Holst, COWI A/S (Denmark)

Questions and answers

10:30
11:00 

Coffee break

11:00 12h30

Session IV - Road tunnel maintenance

Road tunnel maintenance issues in Viet Nam
Mr Pham Quang Vinh, Deputy Director General, Directorate for Roads of Viet Nam

Principles and rules for equipment maintenance in French state owned road tunnels
Mr Jean-Claude Martin, CETU (France)

Life Cycle Management for Tunnel Equipment
Mr Urs Welte, Amstein + Walthert AG (Switzerland)

Questions and answers

12:30
13:30

Lunch

13:30
15:00

Session V - Incidents response

Case studies of Hai Van tunnel emergency response plans and Hindhead Tunnel (UK)
Mr Leslie Fielding, London Bridge Associates (UK)

Questions and answers

15:00
15:30

Coffee break

15:30
16:30

Session VI - Establishment of a Manual for sustainable operation

Establishment of road tunnel operation: some practical outputs of Viet Nam experience
Mr Do Huu Thang, Deputy Director General, Science Technology Research Institute; Ministry of Transport of Viet Nam

The PIARC Road Tunnel Manual: best practices over the world and references
Mr Pierre Schmitz, PIARC TC 3.3 Vice-Chairman, Brussels Mobility (Belgium)

Questions and answers

16:30
17:00

Closing session

Mr Ngo Thinh Duc, Chairman of Viet Nam Road and Bridge Association

Mr Ignacio Del Rey, PIARC Technical Committee 3.3 Chairman

17:00
17:30 

Friendship glass

Slideshow of the International Seminar in Da Nang

The seminar

International Seminar - Da Nang 2013 - World Road Association