Objectives

Exchange knowledge

Develop and maintain a network to exchange knowledge

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Facilitate cooperation

Develop and maintain a network to facilitate cooperation worldwide

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Team work & research

Develop and maintain a network to facilitate the creation of dedicated teams and groups to perform specific (research or other) activities

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Funding and promoting support

Develop and maintain a network to enhance research and development activities through combining of national, European and international funding and support

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Fostering innovation

Promote safety and security by fostering innovation

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Raising awareness

Promote safety and security by raising awareness of current and newly-developed safety and security issues amongst decision makers, professional end-users, financers, risk managers, international forums and other stakeholders

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Supporting development

Promote safety and security by supporting the development of improved regulations and standards regarding safety and security of underground facilities in operation

Activity group 1

INTERACTION WITH EUROPEAN & INTERNATIONAL ACTIVITIES. Keeps contact with other external institutions, groups and projects in order to receive relevant information, to cooperate and give information about activities.

Activity Group 2

REGULATIONS & BEST PRACTICE. Covers regulations, the state-of-the-art and best-practices internationally. This includes discussion and comparison of regulations, norms, standards and best-practice procedures from different owners, networks, projects and the experience gained by them.

Activity Group 3

RESEARCH & NEW FINDINGS. Provide a platform for the exchange of knowledge in the scope of underground safety and security by bringing together the key stakeholders from academia, authorities and industry. Topics include the discussion on the research results, new findings, innovations and potential new research topics.

Activity Group 4

ROAD TUNNEL SAFETY OFFICERS. Aims to be the Platform for European tunnel safety Officers for Exchange of experiences through its biannual Forum and Development of best practices.

ITA COSUF Workshop in Paris 14 November 2017

The Palais des Congrès in Paris was the wonderful setting for an ITA COSUF/AFTES Technical Session on “Operational issues” and an ITA COSUF Round Table on the topic of “Designing, Operating and Upgrading Complex Underground Hubs”. In the technical session among others the PIARC expertise in the field of tunnel safety was presented and the refurbishment program of all the tunnels in the Paris road network was explained. The use of BIM during refurbishment of road tunnels appeared to be a very powerful tool. Another interesting presentation was on feedback from the first equipment inspections on the French national road network.

The Round Table succeeded in triggering discussions about complex underground hubs. Different perspectives on safe operation were illustrated by several case studies such as the owner of the Grand Paris Metro Network, the operator of La Defense Complex, the contractor of the Victoria Station Upgrade and the fire brigade’s perspective of the Amsterdam Central Station Area. Interesting knowledge was exchanged between the speakers and the audience filled with all tunnel professionals: the asset owners, operators, rescue services, engineers, managers and consultants. Good practices, lessons learnt, needs for improvement and new solutions for these complex underground hubs were addressed.

Many people, among which approximately 35 COSUF members, participated in the event.

What is ITA COSUF?

ITA COSUF is the Centre of Excellence for world-wide exchange of information and know-how regarding operational safety and security of underground facilities.

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Scope

ITA COSUF can play an important role in the underground safety community as it covers all underground facilities and is not focusing on a particular type: it can deal with overlaps and differences (cross-fertilization) and draw general views/lessons.

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Membership

PIARC is dedicated to public bodies, UIC to railway organisations, UITP mainly to transport authorities and operators, while ITA COSUF is open to all kinds of members (authorities, consultants, research, industry, contractors, safety officers, etc.): it can gather a variety of views.

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The platform for communication

IITA COSUF is the platform for communication on operational safety and security in underground facilities, i.e. the network to make all players meet, exchange their views and share their experience.

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