Exchange knowledge

Develop and maintain a network to exchange knowledge


Facilitate cooperation

Develop and maintain a network to facilitate cooperation worldwide


Team work & research

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


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


Fostering innovation

Promote safety and security by fostering innovation


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


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.

On the 14-15 November the ITA-COSUF Internal Workshop in Innsbruck took place. This workshop was organised by the ILF Consulting Engineers, ASFINAG and AQUASYS, which was appreciated by the 30 participants. The workshop started with the General Assembly 2019 on day 1. On day 2 we met at ILF and enjoyed the lectures on the global work of ILF, the refurbishment project of the Arlbergtunnel, applications of water mist systems in Austrian road tunnels and Education, training and exercise as part of tunnel safety in Austria. Part of the event was a site visit to the 15 km long bi-directional Arlberg tunnel which is provided with a watermist system and a special evacuation concept from the bore to the fresh air duct of the transverse ventilation system. Also the massive assembly areas for the evacuees while waiting for the emergency services (see picture below) were impressive. It was a fruitful meeting with good networking opportunities and exchange of information with other experts in the field of operational safety of underground facilities. The presentations of the Workshop can be downloaded here.

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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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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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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Recent activities

On 6 March 2020 ITA COSUF and the organizing team have decided to postpone the 6th TSO Forum until the situation with the outbreak of Covid-19 has become more stable.

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