Since 2015, the international competition the ITA Tunnelling Awards seeks and rewards the most ground-breaking innovation and outstanding projects in tunnelling and underground space utilization. The 2018 edition will take place on 7 November, in Chuzhou-Nanjing during the 20th Chinese Tunnel and Underground works Conference (CTUC) from 5 to 6 Nov. followed by technical visits on Nov.8 in Nanjing, Chuzhou and Shanghai.
Recording an output of almost €bn 40 for tunnelling and underground construction, China represents almost half of the entire global output for the tunnelling industry.
Over recent years, Asia has had to cope with increasing space-scarcity issues, and the last edition of the AFTES (French Association of Tunnel and Underground Space) in Paris, highlighted “Urban strategies: comparison between Paris and Singapore” as the latter embodies a sustainable model of urban development in a limited and constrained environment.
After editions in Switzerland, Singapore and Paris, the fourth ITA Tunnelling Awards will return to Asia for the 2018 event. The three previous editions of the ITA Tunnelling Awards received more than 240 entries and 110 nominations, rewarded 30 projects and personalities and gathered more than 750 attendees.
Entries can be submitted in 9 categories. Nominations for the following categories must contain projects for which the major civil engineering work was completed between 1st January 2016 and 1st April 2018 The Young Tunneller of the Year rewards an individual born after 1st January 1984 and who has brought an outstanding contribution to tunnelling.
- Major Project of the Year (over €500 M)
- Tunnelling project of the Year (€50-500 M)
- Project of the Year incl. Renovation (up to €50 M)
- Technical Project Innovation of the Year
- Technical Product/Equipment Innovation of the Year
- Innovative Underground Space Concept of the Year
- Safety Initiative of the Year
- Sustainability Initiative of the Year
- Young Tunneller of the Year
- The Lifetime Achievement Award
Entries can register for applications until 31/05/2018. The final list of nominated projects will be announced by mid-July.