Internationaal

Although the COB focusses on subterranean construction in Dutch soil, some of our projects are also interesting for other countries. We have had several international visitors (China, Singapore, Belgium…) and we are keen to participate in events as the World Tunnel Congress. On this page you will find some general information about the COB and more details about our international projects.

The COB

The COB is a network organisation, a foundation with more than sixty affiliates, all involved in subterranean construction and the use of subterranean space. The network includes consulting engineers, construction companies, public authorities and knowledge institutions.

Why

The COB’s philosophy is that the use of subterranean space provides an essential contribution to making the Netherlands attractive, sustainable and a pleasant place to live. Subterranean construction creates value. The COB therefore wants to create a positive development climate for the use of subterranean space, so that the exploitation of the underground becomes a logical part of spatial planning. The costs of subterranean construction are often off-putting, but there are great returns to be achieved in terms of sustainability, space and quality enhancement.

The square in front of Rotterdam Central Station is an enjoyable environment due to the underground parkings (car and bicycles) and tunnels (car and subway).

What and how

The COB collects, develops and provides access to knowledge about the subterranean use of space. This is done by constantly surveying what issues are current within the network and within Dutch society. The COB then initiates and supervises projects which help to solve the problem which has jointly been identified. The broad composition of working groups means that all relevant aspects of a problem are considered. The knowledge that is acquired belongs to everyone and can be used by everyone. The participants within the COB are not competitors, but work together on a solution. The result is shared across the network, by recording it in publications and presenting it at meetings, within training courses, on the website and in the magazine De Onderbouwing. However, participation itself is already one of the most powerful ways of developing and embedding knowledge.

At the World Tunnel Congress 2018 in Dubai

Three research projects of the COB-network were presented at the WTC2018 in Dubai:

  • Tuesday 24th, Sheikh Maktoum A, 2:20-2:40 PM – Karin de Haas, Long-term vision and working program on tunnels in the Netherlands
    >> Download the presentation (pdf, 3.4 MB)
  • Tuesday 24th, Sheikh Maktoum B, 2:40-3:00 PM – Paul Janssen, Working towards a zero-energy tunnel – technical, contractual and process solutions
  • Each conference day from 3 PM you could visit the poster presentation of Hans de Man about the digital tunnel twin

In collaboration with BESIX and KIVI, the COB hosted a small network event at the WTC in Dubai on Tuesday 24th from 5 to 7 PM. At this gathering the guests talked some more about the topics of our presentations: digital tunnel twins, tunnel renovations, energy reduction and long term visions on tunnels.

International projects

Future perspective on tunnels

The position of tunnels in their immediate environment and their network is changing, the issue of sustainability is coming to the fore and increasingly higher demands are placed on the reliability, availability and noise levels of tunnels throughout their entire life cycle. In 2016 the COB-network developed a long-term vision as a guideline for clients and contractors. In the period from January to September 2017, the COB network, together with external experts, translated that vision on tunnels into concrete goals and an integrated programme.
>> Download the long-term vision on tunnels in the Netherlands (pdf, 660KB)
>> Download the tunnel programme (pdf, 1.5 MB)

Click on a logo to see the people that participate:

Amberg Group

Amberg Engineering AB

Locatie: Regensdorf-watt, Trockenloostrasse 21
Antonia Cornaro, rol: Lid

Amberg Group

Locatie: Sargans, Rheinstrasse 4, Postfach 64
Felix Amberg, rol: Lid
Australian Tunneling Society

Australian Tunneling Society

Locatie: Bowral, Nsw, P.O. Box 1234
Simon Knight, rol: Lid
Babendererde Engineers GmbH

Babendererde Engineers GmbH

Locatie: Bad Schwartau, Markt 2
Lars Babendererde, rol: Lid
CETU (Centre d' Etudes des Tunnels)

CETU (Centre d' Etudes des Tunnels)

Locatie: Bron Cedex, 25 Avenue François Mitterrand, Case
Emmanuel Humbert, rol: Lid
Eric Premat, rol: Lid
Laetitia D'aloia Schwartzentruber, rol: Lid
Michel Deffayet, rol: Lid

COB

Locatie: Delft, Van der Burghweg 1
, rol: Opdrachtgever
Colorado Shool of mines

Colorado Shool of mines

Locatie: Colorado, 1500 Illinois Street Golden
Mike Mooney, rol: Lid
CSD Ingenieurs SA

CSD Ingenieurs SA

Locatie: Lausanne 20, Chemin de Montelly 78
Andrew Bourget, rol: Lid
INCAS Partners In ground consulting and strategy

INCAS Partners In ground consulting and strategy

Locatie: Paris, 54 rue Lamarck
Elena Chiriotti, rol: Lid
Inec

Inec

Locatie: ,
Joao Serra, rol: Lid
Louisiana Tech. University CETF Professor of Civil Engineering

Louisiana Tech. University CETF Professor of Civil Engineering

Locatie: 0046 Ruston,
Ray Sterling, rol: Lid
Norwegian Public Roads Admin.

Norwegian Public Roads Admin.

Locatie: Oslo, Statens vegvesen Vegdirektoratet
Arild Petter Sovik, rol: Lid
Rock Soil

Rock Soil

Locatie: Milan, P.zza S.Marco 1
Giuseppe Lunardi, rol: Lid
Ruhr University Bochum

Ruhr University Bochum

Locatie: Bochum, Universitatsstrasse 150
Britta Schoesser, rol: Lid
Markus Thewes, rol: Lid
STUVA e.v. Studiengesellschaft für unterirdische verkehrsanlagen

STUVA e.v. Studiengesellschaft für unterirdische verkehrsanlagen

Locatie: KÖln, Mathias-Brüggen-Str. 41
Roland Leucker, rol: Lid
VeresuchsStollen Hagerback AG

VeresuchsStollen Hagerback AG

Locatie: Flums-hochweise, Polistrasse 1
Michael Kompatscher, rol: Lid

CSI for tunnels

Worldwide, renovation of tunnels is becoming a huge challenge. Due to the large costs and the need for accessible infrastructure, choices need to be made as to which tunnels will be renovated first, which renovations can be postponed and what should be the scope. Unfortunately, we lack the knowledge to develop a proper asset management strategy for tunnels. The ambition of the COB is to make a first step by establishing an overview of the ten key risk areas and the extent to which we currently have control over those risks. This project will be part of the tunnel programme (see above).

Presented at the WTC2017 in Bergen, Norway:
>> Position paper (pdf, 980 KB)
>> Discussion notes (pdf, 440 KB)

Click on a logo to see the people that participate:

Amberg Engineering AB

Amberg Engineering AB

Locatie: Regensdorf-watt, Trockenloostrasse 21
Antonia Cornaro, rol: Lid
Babendererde Engineers GmbH

Babendererde Engineers GmbH

Locatie: Bad Schwartau, Markt 2
Lars Babendererde, rol: Lid
Tim Babendererde, rol: Lid
BASF

BASF

Locatie: Krieglach, Roseggerstrasse 101
Wolfgang Aldrian, rol: Lid
Basf Construction Chemicals Nederland B.V.

Basf Construction Chemicals Nederland B.V.

Locatie: Ham, Nijverheidsweg 89
Frank Clement, rol: Lid
CETU (Centre d' Etudes des Tunnels)

CETU (Centre d' Etudes des Tunnels)

Locatie: Bron Cedex, 25 Avenue François Mitterrand, Case
Emmanuel Humbert, rol: Lid
Eric Premat, rol: Lid
Laetitia D'aloia Schwartzentruber, rol: Lid
Michel Deffayet, rol: Lid

COB

Locatie: Delft, Van der Burghweg 1
, rol: Opdrachtgever
Ellen van Eijk, rol: Begeleider/Facilitator
Karin de Haas, rol: Projectleider
Colorado Shool of mines

Colorado Shool of mines

Locatie: Colorado, 1500 Illinois Street Golden
Mike Mooney, rol: Lid
Croatian Tunnelling Association

Croatian Tunnelling Association

Locatie: Zagreb, Trnjanska 140
Davorin Kolic, rol: Lid
Femern A/S

Femern A/S

Locatie: Kopenhagen, Vester Sogade 10
Henrik Schjoler Dahl, rol: Lid
Hemera Technologies Inc.

Hemera Technologies Inc.

Locatie: Quebec, 109 St-Vallier Est, suite 100
David Longtin, rol: Lid
Santiago Forteza Zanetti, rol: Lid
Herrenknecht AG

Herrenknecht AG

Locatie: Schwanau-allmannsweier, Schlehenweg 2
Thomas Edelmann, rol: Lid
Werner Burger, rol: Lid
INCAS Partners In ground consulting and strategy

INCAS Partners In ground consulting and strategy

Locatie: Paris, 54 rue Lamarck
Elena Chiriotti, rol: Lid
Inec

Inec

Locatie: ,
Joao Serra, rol: Lid
Japan Tunnelling Association (JTA)

Japan Tunnelling Association (JTA)

Locatie: Tokyo 104-0045, Tsukiji MK Bldg., 6th Floor
Nobuharu Isago, rol: Lid
Noriko Seki, rol: Lid
Louisiana Tech. University CETF Professor of Civil Engineering

Louisiana Tech. University CETF Professor of Civil Engineering

Locatie: 0046 Ruston,
Ray Sterling, rol: Lid
Rock Soil

Rock Soil

Locatie: Milan, P.zza S.Marco 1
Giuseppe Lunardi, rol: Lid
Ruhr University Bochum

Ruhr University Bochum

Locatie: Bochum, Universitatsstrasse 150
Britta Schoesser, rol: Lid
Götz Vollmann, rol: Lid
Markus Thewes, rol: Lid
STUVA e.v. Studiengesellschaft für unterirdische verkehrsanlagen

STUVA e.v. Studiengesellschaft für unterirdische verkehrsanlagen

Locatie: KÖln, Mathias-Brüggen-Str. 41
Roland Leucker, rol: Lid
ÖBB-Infrastruktur AG

ÖBB-Infrastruktur AG

Locatie: Wien, Praterstern 3
Martin Muncke, rol: Lid

Energy reduction in tunnels

In 2016, experts within the COB-network have developed a (Dutch) catalogue with technical, contractual and process measures to reduce the amount of energy consumption in tunnels. The results are summarized in an English paper and discussed with international experts at the World Tunnel Congress in Bergen, Norway in 2017. The paper was also presented at the STUVA Conference 2017 in Stuttgart, Germany.
>> English paper (pdf, 580 KB)
>> Discussion notes (pdf, 480 KB)

Click on a logo to see the people that participate:

Amberg Engineering AB

Amberg Engineering AB

Locatie: Regensdorf-watt, Trockenloostrasse 21
Antonia Cornaro, rol: Lid
ASFiNAG Bau Management GmbH

ASFiNAG Bau Management GmbH

Locatie: Wien, Modecenterstraße 16
Rene List, rol: Lid
Babendererde Engineers GmbH

Babendererde Engineers GmbH

Locatie: Bad Schwartau, Markt 2
Lars Babendererde, rol: Lid
CETU (Centre d' Etudes des Tunnels)

CETU (Centre d' Etudes des Tunnels)

Locatie: Bron Cedex, 25 Avenue François Mitterrand, Case
Emmanuel Humbert, rol: Lid
Eric Premat, rol: Lid
Laetitia D'aloia Schwartzentruber, rol: Lid
Michel Deffayet, rol: Lid

COB

Locatie: Delft, Van der Burghweg 1
Ellen van Eijk, rol: Begeleider/Facilitator
, rol: Opdrachtgever
Karin de Haas, rol: Projectleider
Colorado Shool of mines

Colorado Shool of mines

Locatie: Colorado, 1500 Illinois Street Golden
Mike Mooney, rol: Lid
Hemera Technologies Inc.

Hemera Technologies Inc.

Locatie: Quebec, 109 St-Vallier Est, suite 100
David Longtin, rol: Lid
Santiago Forteza Zanetti, rol: Lid
Herrenknecht AG

Herrenknecht AG

Locatie: Schwanau-allmannsweier, Schlehenweg 2
Werner Burger, rol: Lid
INCAS Partners In ground consulting and strategy

INCAS Partners In ground consulting and strategy

Locatie: Paris, 54 rue Lamarck
Elena Chiriotti, rol: Lid
Louisiana Tech. University CETF Professor of Civil Engineering

Louisiana Tech. University CETF Professor of Civil Engineering

Locatie: 0046 Ruston,
Ray Sterling, rol: Lid
Mott MacDonald

Mott MacDonald

Locatie: Westwood, One University Avenue
Henry Russell, rol: Lid
Politecnico di Torino

Politecnico di Torino

Locatie: ,
Marco Barla, rol: Lid
Rock Soil

Rock Soil

Locatie: Milan, P.zza S.Marco 1
Giuseppe Lunardi, rol: Lid
STUVA e.v. Studiengesellschaft für unterirdische verkehrsanlagen

STUVA e.v. Studiengesellschaft für unterirdische verkehrsanlagen

Locatie: KÖln, Mathias-Brüggen-Str. 41
Roland Leucker, rol: Lid
Sungkyunkwan University

Sungkyunkwan University

Locatie: Seoul, 25-2 Sungkyunkwan-ro
Chungsik Yoo, rol: Lid
TRL The future of transport Crowthorne House

TRL The future of transport Crowthorne House

Locatie: Berkshire, United Kindom, Nine Mile Ride
Peter Jones, rol: Lid
Sarah Reeves, rol: Lid
Viner Viner, rol: Lid
VeresuchsStollen Hagerback AG

VeresuchsStollen Hagerback AG

Locatie: Flums-hochweise, Polistrasse 1
Michael Kompatscher, rol: Lid