International Tunnelling Association
Committee on Operational Safety of Underground Facilities
Centre of Excellence for world-wide exchange of information and know-how regarding operational safety and security of underground facilities
We develop & maintain a network to exchange knowledge
We facilitate cooperation worldwide through network activities
We foster innovation & bring new knowledge into the industry
We support the development of improved regulations & standards
ITA COSUF create an ecosystem for learning, which benefits both clients and suppliers in the entire underground industry.
We invite all actors and stakeholders (authorities, consultants, academia, research, industry suppliers, contractors, safety officers) to be members.
We serve both road-, rail- and metro infrastructure industry, but also all underground structures and tunnel projects in general, including mining, underground industri, caverns and city services developments.
EUROPEAN & INTERNATIONAL ACTIVITIES
Keeping an oversight of activities worldwide and keep contact with organizations, networks and projects in order to exchange relevant information, to cooperate and exchange information.
Ben Van Den Horn
Activity Group 1
Follow up regulations and the state-of-the-art and best-practices internationally.
This includes discussion and comparison of regulations, norms, standards and procedures.
Severin Wächli & Marco Bettelini
Activity Group 2
Provide a platform for exchange of knowledge by bringing together key stakeholders from academia, authorities and industry.
Activity Group 3
Aims to be the platform for European tunnel safety officers for exchange of experiences through its biannual Tunnel Safety Forum and development of best practices.
Bianca Janssen & John Aldrige
Activity Group 4
World Tunnel Congress 2024 in Shenzhen
China is the official host of the ITA-AITES World Tunnel Congress 2024 and 50th General Assembly.
ITA COSUF Workshop, 6 December 2023, Digitalization of tunnels, Towards BIM-based operation and maintenance
Tunnels represents the most challenging part of a road infrastructure when it comes to the complexity of construction, technical infrastructure and technical facilities. But how should the road owner design, build, operate and manage the infrastructure to make sure that vulnerable parts of the road network remain reliable, available at all time, maintenance friendly for the operators and safe for the road users. Issues concerning Building Information Models (BIM) and the latest developments, will be on the agenda on this workshop. Find out more.
Tunnel Safety Officer Forum 2024 (TSO7)
Every biannual year, ITA COSUF gather the entire Tunnel Safety Officer (TSO) community to a joint workshop, supported by EU and the World Roads Association (PIARC). Bringing relevant issues to the table, discussing them with experts from all over the world. Find out more.
An important part of the work in ITA COSUF, is to support other initiatives and bring in underground safety experts, highlighting relevant issues for today.