EDUCATION and TRAINING Turkey invests in specific industry training 16 Oct 2013
Turkish Tunnelling Society News Release
From mega-diameter TBM tunnelling to the most advanced of open face conventional tunnelling and microtunnelling techniques, a two-day short course in Istanbul covered the tunnelling engineering expertise that Turkey will need in its domestic engineering community to develop an intense programme of public infrastructure development planned by the rapidly emerging country. With a new highway tunnel crossing of the Bosphorus currently in design for construction and the Marmaray immersed tube tunnel railway connection across the Bosphorus due to open officially at the end of this month (October 2013), Turkey is building on its strategic importance as the country where Europe meets Asia and its need to develop its national need for increased energy, better highway and railway links, upgraded water supply management and improved urban services.
Group photo of tutors and participants

Group photo of tutors and participants

Conducted by the Turkish Tunnelling Society (TTS) and Turkish Society for Infrastructure and Trenchless Technology (TSITT) leading engineers from across Europe were invited to present as tutors to a two-day short course programme of eager young engineers and to experienced engineers who plan to expand their knowledge of the underground disciplines, since these are in much demand. Among its 150 participants, and in addition to Turkey, the course attracted delegates from 14 different countries including Italy, Bosnia, Greece, Saudi Arabia, Azerbaijan, Malaysia, and Korea.
As the second in the series of annual Tunnelling and Microtunnelling Short Courses, the group of attendees were welcomed on the first day by Yasin Torun, Chairman of TSITT, and Dr Nuh Bilgin, Chairman of TTS, who gave a presentation about the principles of TBM design, selection and performance prediction, and the problems encountered during large diameter TBM tunnelling.

International engineers joined local Turkish professionals as tutors for the course; among them:

  • Yasin Torun

    Yasin Torun

  • Dr Daniele Peila

    Dr Daniele Peila

  • Lutz zur Linde

    Lutz zur Linde

  • Dr Alun Thomas

    Dr Alun Thomas

  • Ozgur Savas Ozudogru

    Ozgur Savas Ozudogru

  • Dr Georg Anagnostou

    Dr Georg Anagnostou

  • Dr Ibrahim Ocak

    Dr Ibrahim Ocak

  • Dr Nuh Bilgin

    Dr Nuh Bilgin

Other tutors and their topics of discussion included:
• Dr Daniele Peila, Vice President of ITA (International Tunnelling and Underground Space Association) describing
   the technology and design of steel pipe umbrella and forepoling
• Dr Cemal Balci of ITU (Istanbul Technical University) who shared his expertise for conducting site and laboratory
• Dr Georg Anagnostou of ETH Zurich presented a lecture on face stability analysis for mechanised tunnelling with
   EPB or slurry shields and
• Lutz zur Linde of Herrenknecht AG made a presentation about utility tunnelling
• Ozgur Savas Ozudogru of E-BERK discussed the manufacturing and selection of disc cutters
• Dr Alun Thomas of Ramboll Group discussed fibre reinforcement in sprayed concrete and segments and
• Berrie Van Luijn of Soil ID spoke of waterproofing in tunnelling.
• Wear protection and hard-facing applications for TBMs was the topic for Taner Bilge of Mates while
• Prediction of surface settlements for urban tunnelling was introduced by Dr Ibrahim Ocak of IU
   (Istanbul University)
Networking in the exhibition area

Networking in the exhibition area

The second day was dedicated to presentations on:
• TBM applications in gassy grounds,
   Muammer Cinar of Piramida;
• Mobile laboratory for soil-muck
   conditioning in shielded tunnelling,
   Fevzi Aksu of IKSA;
• the longest multi-curvature sewer
   tunnel in the Middle East by Cheng
   Chin Keong of ICOP SpA;
• Microtunnelling applications in Turkey,
   Dr Mucahit Namli of the Istanbul
   Metropolitan Municipality and
• Long and curved microtunnelling
   applications by Wim Smet and
   Mr. Wouter Roels of SMET Tunnelling
   with the the last presentation of the
   short course given by
• Dr Hanifi Copur of ITU about the
   selection, performance prediction and applications of roadheaders for excavation projects
At the end of a second successful short course the organisers are working on TUNNEL EXPO TURKEY, a fair of tunnel construction technologies and equipment specialisation to be held on 28-31 August 2014 at the Istanbul Expo Center. Further information is available at
TBM to take on Bosphorus highway crossing - TunnelTalk, August 2013
High speed rail duty in Turkey - TunnelTalk, August 2013
Marmaray project update within Tunnelling in the Mediterranean Region conference report - TunnelCast, May 2013
Double shield taking on tough work in Turkey - TunnelTalk, August 2012
Underground plans in South-East Europe - TunnelTalk podcast, April 2012

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