Focus Area / Working Group: Underground Construction
The future of underground construction in Europe
Subsurface buildings have a significant impact on quality of life, working conditions, the employment and the environment. They have a great impact on the infrastructure of a country and are effective across the country’s frontiers.
European Union policies therefore have decided on an upgrading of the Trans European road network (TREN), in order to improve interstate transport. Because of this approximately 2100 km of tunnels will be constructed in Europe by the year 2030.
International Environment in Tunneling
Today German tunnelling already has to face an international competition. This is not only valid for projects in foreign countries, but also increasingly for projects in Germany itself.
Besides the European companies countries such as Korea and Japan have learned from European experience and are investing significant research funds in innovative technology.
In order to preserve Europe’s competitiveness, the German industry as well as the European industry will have to increase their research endeavours.
In this process it is vital to bundle the vigours on a European basis in order to veer decisively towards innovative products.
Tasks of the Working Group
The working group’s tasks are the identification of future-time demand of research in the sector of underground construction. Topics for example are:
- Improvement of safety in tunnelling
- Improvement of security in tunnels
- Improvement of profitability in tunnelling
- Development of new tunnelling concepts
- Development of novel transport systems for persons and goods
- Development of non-polluting transport systems
- Use of IT in order to automatise processes
- Use of new construction materials
- Use of environmentally friendly techniques
- Improvement of durability and maintenance measures
For further information please contact the chairman of the Underground Construction working group, Prof. Dr.-Ing. Alfred Haack.