Beyond a tunnel vision

Tunnels are vital links in any transportation network. Short closing periods – for maintenance or repairs – always generate nuisance. Long closing periods – for renovations – as a matter of course lead to severe congestions. For too long, the tunnel community has accepted this nuisance and chaos as a natural side effect of tunnel operations. This is no longer acceptable!

The Beyond a tunnel vision conference will challenge old paradigms and move beyond our current, rather narrow tunnel vision on the management and maintenance of these critical infrastructural assets.

Is zero-congestion maintenance a utopia? Are just-in-time and first-time-right interventions idle dreams? Is moving from silo-thinking to co-creating really that hard in our industry? Why can’t we turn renovation challenges into value creators? Imagine we could disrupt the way tunnels are perceived: from annoying and unsafe pipes to vital and energy-neutral infrastructure with a clear, positive impact on people’s lives!

May 30th 2017 ie-net and the COB organised a first joint congress about tunnel renovation. (Photo: Vincent Basler)

Our tunnels need you!

We expect over 250 representatives of the European infrastructure community will debate, during this one-day conference, on how to define and implement a game-changing approach for the management and renovation of underground infrastructure. By integrating the combined knowledge of owner-operators, tunnel managers, consultants, contractors and suppliers, we are bound to find new ideas and initiatives originating from a shared mission.

Share your views and best-practices

If you would like to speak at the conference, fill out the speaker form before August 27th 9 AM. We will inform you in the first week of September if you are selected.

Sponsor/exhibition floor

You can contribute in many ways. Soon, the sponsor form will come online. If you fill this out, we’ll get in touch with you to explain the sponsoring packages that fit your needs. You also take an option on a booth to exhibit your products or services.

Start-up companies

Are you a start-up company, even remotely connected to tunnels? Fill out the start-up form and will add you to our long list, from which we will hand-pick 10 innovators for a free booth at the conference.


Use the application form to make sure you have a seat at November 27th!