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Publications Routes/Roads Road tunnel operations

This page lists Routes/Roads articles of PIARC in the field of road tunnel operations. These publications are classified chronologically.

  • Introduction to the Routes / Roads special edition on tunnels 2023

    The 2 nd PIARC International Conference on Road Tunnel Safety and Operation was celebrated from 25 to 28 October 2022 in Granada / Spain. The conference was organized in close cooperation between PIARC and ATC, the Spanish Technical Road Association. The conference was hold together with the very well-established Spanish Tunnel Symposium (8 th edition), which proofed to be a very fruitful and successful concept. More than 700 delegates from 35 different countries around the world attended the [...]

  • Enhancing Resilience of Tunnels with the Integration of Monitoring Data into the BIM Platform

    In recent years, infrastructure monitoring has benefited greatly from rapid advances in sensor and data processing technology, as well as from advances emanating from sophisticated computer aided construction management tools (BIM). Such advances have made it possible to install extensive monitoring systems on critical infrastructure segments such as road tunnels and to obtain vast amounts of quantitative data. These recent technological developments have given the civil engineering profession new [...]

  • XXVI World Road Congress – Abu Dhabi, October 2019 Connecting Cultures, Enabling Economies - General Report

    The General Report of the XXVI World Road Congress has been prepared by GHD under contract with the Abu Dhabi Department of Transport, on behalf of the United Arab Emirates. It has not been possible to include the conclusions of all sessions in this report. They will be available from PIARC’s website.

  • The RAMS-Approach for Road Tunnel Operations

    There are several ways to optimize life cycle performance whilst maintaining the required level of road tunnel safety. One possible approach is based on monitoring the Reliability, Availability, Maintainability and Safety (RAMS) of systems, based on pre-defined requirements. This methodology has been extensively used in many industries (Military, Aerospace, Chemical, etc,). In the transport sector, it was first used in the railway industry, but can easily be adapted to road transport, including [...]

  • ROAD STORIES - A Brief History of Tunnels

    It has always been harder to build a structure underground than in the open air. Despite that, people have created underground structures for a very long time, achieving great feats. This was particularly true in ancient times, when there were no pumps to drain the water which would seep into the tunnels, swamping them. There were no fans either to artificially refresh the air, nor powerful lighting or boring equipment. Above all, the biggest challenge was following the right direction without topographic [...]