ITA Awards 2015: the Oscars of Tunnelling


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Hagerbach gallery, Switzerland

The ceremony of the Oscars of the underground took place last night in the charming and fascinating Hagerbach test gallery in Switzerland. The first night of the ITA awards ended with a huge audience and was followed on the internet through social networks.

Perhaps the most coveted prize for the major project of the year goes to the Eurasia Tunnel in Turkey.

However, the first night of the awards speaks mainly Italian with two awards that go to the station “Toledo” in Naples and to the enterprise “Salini-Impregilo” and the addition of a well-deserved lifetime achievement award for Prof. Eng. Pelizza of the Turin Polytechnic.

Sweden also imposes itself in the conquest of some coveted awards including one for the outstanding project of the year and that for the tunneling project of the year (along with Finland).

Generally, however, the prizes have been awarded in various parts of the world, in full harmony with the international role of the evening.

Europe is still the leader of the tunneling but the rest of the world is not watching.

Here are the winners who triumphed last night, in nine categories:

  • MAJOR PROJECT OF THE YEAR (OVER €500M)
    Eurasia Tunnel Project: 
    The Eurasia Tunnel Project (Istanbul Strait Road Tube Crossing Project) will connect the Asian and European sides via a highway tunnel going underneath the Bosphorus.

Eurasia Tunnel Project

  • TUNNELLING PROJECT OF THE YEAR (BETWEEN €50M AND €500M)
    1st Phase of Low and Intermediate Level Radioactive Waste Disposal Facility Construction:
    a deep underground space for a disposal facility of LILW was constructed in Finland and Sweden where the geotechnical condition is relatively good compared to Korea’s. The shape of a dome and a cylinder was chosen to ensure both the mechanical stability and the maximum storage space with less excavation.Korean LLW-ILW disposal facility 460 (KORAD)
  • OUTSTANDING PROJECT OF THE YEAR (UP TO €50M)
    Norsborg Metro Depot:
    is an important part of the development of the Stockholm metro system. The depot will provide storage, train wash and service areas for 17 trains and will also be a working place for 100 employees.Norsborg Metro Depot
  • TECHNICAL INNOVATION OF THE YEAR
    Innovative Vehicle-mounted GPR Technique for Fast and Efficient Monitoring of Tunnel Lining Structure Conditions: 
    A noncontact nondestructive testing technique in the field of operation tunnel health status evaluation. This technique solves the major problems on national railway network tunnel safety inspection and has obvious social benefits.161
  • ENVIRONMENTAL INITIATIVE OF THE YEAR
    The Corribtunnel Project: 
    Construction of 4.9km TBM tunnel incl. the fit-out with a gas pipeline and the backfilling of the tunnel. The key criterion in the identification of the modified route, underpassing the Sruwaddacon Bay between Glengad and Aughoose, was the trenchless underground construction of a 4.9 km long section due to the environmental impact of its location.161 (1)
  • SAFETY INITIATIVE OF THE YEAR
    MineARC Systems Compressed Air Management Solution: 
    Emergency refuge forms an integral part of a tunnelling project’s wider Emergency Response Plan (ERP). MineARC’s engineering team developed a breathable air system offering a range of new features aimed at reducing running costs and improving operational safety during an emergency. This system is called the Compressed Air Management System or CAMS.262.jpg
  • INNOVATIVE USE OF UNDERGROUND SPACE
    Toledo Metro Station on Line 1 in Naples: 
    “a masterpiece of engineering and architecture”. The Toledo Station is a unique example of a decentralised museum, offering dynamic fruition of the artists’ creations, as the citizens have the possibility to travel an open artistic itinerary.

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    Toledo Metro Station, Naples (Italy)

  • YOUNG TUNNELLER OF THE YEAR
    Karlovsek Jurij: 
    Jurij is a Civil Engineer, specialising in Geotechnical 299Enginee
    ring, and Tunnelling in particular. He currently works as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at The University of Queensland, Australia where he recently obtained his PhD in the field of TBM segmental lining integrity detection.
  • CONTRACTOR OF THE YEAR335Salini-Impregilo:is operative in over 50 countries with roughly 34,400 employees and a turnover of about € 4.2 billion (as at 31-12-2014). The Group is a pure player in the construction sector, with 110 years of experience.
  • ENGINEERING OF THE YEAR
    PARSONS BRINCKERHOFF-WSP:
     WSP and Parsons Brinckerhoff have combined and are now one of the world’s leading engineering professional services consulting firms.339
  • LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT
    Prof. Dr. Eng. Sebastiano PELIZZA:
    Prof. Sebastiano PelizzaDegree in Mining Engineering, 1961 Politecnico di Torino (University of Technology)Full Professor at the University of Technology of Turin on “Tunnel Construction”
    Head of TUSC – Tunneling and Underground-Space Center, Turin University of Technology
    Scientific Director and teacher of the one year post-graduate Master Course on “Tunnelling and Tunnel Boring Machines”, Turin University of Technology
    Coordinator of 2 PhD works (2003-2005) to study EPB machines face stability and ground conditioning.
    Since 2010 – Member of the Committee of Surayors of ITA/AITES

Main source: awards.ita-aites.org

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