4.4 Tunnels

As with the Technical Committees mentioned above, the subject of resilience will also be dealt with in a separate issue in Technical Committee 4.4 "Tunnels", where both the construction and maintenance as well as the future use of data-driven approaches for preventive and/or predictive maintenance are addressed. Operating and ensuring the safety of users is a major challenge for owners and operators of road tunnels. Therefore, best practice approaches and successful solutions for the safe operation of heavily traffic urban tunnels as well as the impact of new propulsion technologies on tunnel operation and safety will be investigated. Further work of Technical Committee will address ITS applications for tunnels including the identification of the potential of big data and data analytics applications for the operation of road tunnels as well as the update and improvement of the DG-QRAM risk assessment software for the transport of dangerous goods in tunnels. The results of the work will then also be incorporated into the further development of the Road Tunnels Manual. (extract from the Strategic Plan)

Issues

  • 4.4.1 Measures for increasing resilience of tunnels
  • 4.4.2 Best practices in management (maintenance and traffic operation) particularly of urban and heavily trafficked tunnels traffic tunnels
  • 4.4.3 Impact of new propulsion technologies on road tunnel operations and safety
  • 4.4.4 Intelligent Transportation Systems in tunnels
  • 4.4.5 Update of the Tunnels Manual
  • 4.4.6 Preparation of the 2nd International Conference on Tunnels
  • 4.4.7 Support for updating and improving of DG-QRAM

Chair and Secretariat

  • Chair: Ingo KAUNDINYA (Germany)
  • English-speaking Secretary: Tiago MASSINGUE (South Africa)
  • French-speaking Secretary: Jean-Claude MARTIN (France)
  • Spanish-speaking Secretary: Rafael LOPEZ GUARGA (Spain)

Interview with Ingo Kaundinya

Technical committee 4.4 "Tunnels" Chair

With more than 21 years of experience in the field of tunnels, Ingo Kaundinya (Germany), head of section at the German Federal Highway Research Institute (BASt), is very involved in the Association. He was a member of the PIARC Technical Committee "Road Tunnel Operations" during the 2016-2019 cycle. Ingo has been appointed Chairman of the "Tunnels"Committee for the 2020-2023 cycle.

Interviewed during the meetings to launch this cycle in February 2020 in Marne-la-Vallée (France), Ingo explains the objectives of the 4.4 "Tunnels" committee.


PIARC recommendations for taking into account the objectives of Directive 2008/96/EC on road infrastructure safety management, in the context of road tunnels, when implementing Directive 2004/54/EC on minimum safety requirements for tunnels in the trans-European road network: click here!

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