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 challenged old paradigms and moved 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!

Our tunnels need you!

Over 300 representatives of the European infrastructure community debated 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.

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(Photo: COB)