ITA-AITES World Tunnel Congress
21-26 May, 2011, Helsinki, Finland
Welcome to Finland
The Finnish Tunnelling Association (FTA) is pleased to welcome you to Helsinki, Finland for the ITA-AITES 2011 World Tunnel Congress “Underground spaces in the service of a sustainable society” and the 37th ITA-AITES General Assembly, which will be held at Finlandia Hall Conference and Exhibition Centre from 21 to 26 May, 2011.
Over its 35 year history, the FTA has flourished through changing trends in society. During the first 20 years, the active work of its members and their background organisations slowly managed to transform underground spaces from ugly, unpleasant and environmentally disturbing places to accepted infrastructure components that are favoured even by environmentalists.
This was partly caused by the need to supply society with drinking water and to remove and treat wastewater as well as to ensure the availability of electricity, data networks and district heating in densely populated areas without disturbing the city structure. This could be managed only through building underground tunnels.
A boom in tunnelling is currently underway in Finland and it is expected to continue into the foreseeable future. A decision has just been taken to expand the metro system in our capital city and an underground airport transit link is under implementation.
Finland is as well investigating and planning an underground fi nal storage facility for spent nuclear fuel – one of the fi rst of its kind anywhere in the world.
We look forward to see you. Let’s meet in Helsinki!
Abstract submission has now begun. Please click the link Call for Papers on the left frame to submit an abstract.