European workshop ‘Bring your own tunnel’

Experience shows that tunnel operators across Europe have similar civil and safety issues. By working together in a structured network (of networks), redundant research can be avoided and leverage can be achieved by aligning individual research budgets. In an online Eupean workshop on June 25th 2020 we discussed the concept of this collaboration as we intend to design it in 2020 and beyond.

Hosts for this event were Steve Philips, director CEDR and Karin de Haas, director COB. A warm welcome was presented by the new Dutch representative for CEDR, Marlouke Durville (RWS). Special guests in this webinar were Tom Roelants (DG AWV Flanders, Belgium), Monika Heiming (DG EIM), Rolf Dollevoet (Prof. Rail TU Delft), Max Wietek (chairman ITA Cosuf), Ingo Kaundinya (chairman PIARC), Severine Besson (CETU) and Johan Naber (RWS).

Do you want to join the collaboration and bring your own tunnel? Then send an e-mail to!

  • 15.00 – 15.15 hour
    Introduction by Karin de Haas (COB), Steve Philips (CEDR) and Marlouke Durville (RWS)
    What is this workshop about, how does the ‘bring your own tunnel’-concept work, road towards European televisionshow in November
  • 15.15 – 15.25 hour
    Civil program by Brenda Berkhout (COB) and Tom Roelants (Flanders)
    Introducing structural health analyses, predictive maintenance and knowledge gaps
  • 15.25 – 15.35 hour
    Online discussion with all participants
  • 15.35 – 15.45 hour
    Rail and road collaboration by Monika Heiming (EIM) and Rolf Dollevoet (TU Delft )
  • 15.45 – 15.55 hour
    Online discussion with all participants
  • 15.55 – 16.05 hour
    Tunnel safety by Max Wietek (ITA Cosuf) and Ingo Kaundinya (PIARC)
    Collaboration between ITA Cosuf and PIARC
  • 16.05 – 16.15 hour
    Online discussion with all participants
  • 16.15 – 16.25 hour
    Light research by Severine Besson (CETU) and Johan Naber (RWS)
    As part of the European sustainability goals
  • 16.25 – 16.35 hour
    Online discussion with all participants
  • 16.35 – 16.45 hour
    Wrap up and road toward Beyond 2020 – 27th November 2020