The Tunnel Design & Construction Summit will take place on 2-3 March 2017 in Berlin, Germany.

The European Tunneling market keeps growing and we will see new innovative ways in using the underground space in a smart manner.

This summit will delve into the latest advances and future challenges in Tunnel and Underground Space Technology and Construction. The summit will offer deeper insights into issues related to Design, Analysis and Construction of Tunneling Projects.

The Tunnel Design & Construction Summit will provide an excellent opportunity to learn more about the recent projects and innovations from our highly experienced inspirational speakers.









 Michela Chiorboli is the Head of Inspection Unit (Design and Construction) at ICMQ S.p.A. A civil engineer (since 1990), M.Sc. in mechanized tunnelling, member and auditor of Italian Tunnelling Association (SIG), lecturer at Polytechnic of Milan and President of INBECO (Italian Association for Engineering Cultural Development)

She has followed the projects of several transport infrastructures including 6 underground metro lines and a total of 45 underground stations. She has coordinated integrated projects for railway and motorway. Since 2016, Head of Inspections Unit at ICMQ S.p.A.(for Design and Construction Inspection).

Michela will discuss ‘Tunnels in Urban Areas’ concerning the public infrastructures construction, design and construction of transportation infrastructures and coordinating integrated projects for railway including motorway and project management from preliminary design studies to the testing procedures.






Jonathan Gammon is the Technical Director, Tunnelling and Earth Engineering & Sciences at CH2M HILL / HALCROW. Chartered Civil Engineer (MICE, CEng) and Chartered Geologist (CGeol) specialising in Geotechnical Engineering for projects on land, nearshore, and offshore. Jonathan has Thirty-five years of international experience, working for consultants  and contractors on the planning, design, construction, maintenance, and de-commissioning/demolition, associated with a wide range of types of project, particularly infrastructure. Design office and construction site supervision experience, including environmental considerations, on diverse projects extending from slope engineering and cut-and-cover tunnels to reclamation to offshore construction.

Jonathan will give an interesting presentation on ‘The importance of ground investigation in tunneling’ in regards to planning and site investigation, improved sub-surface design, environmental considerations, role of geotechnology in project planning and critical design and construction requirements.






Benjamin Truchot is the Head of Fire Safety Department at INERIS. Benjamin is an engineer in mechanics with a specialisation
in fluids mechanics and thermo chemistry (INSA Rouen and CORIA). He also has a PhD in Energy and reactive flows (IFP and INP Toulouse). Since 2006, he worked as an engineer in the Accidental Risk Division of INERIS in the field of Fire and Ventilation. He uses both experimental approach and numerical simulation. He was the manager of different national research projects dedicated to underground safety (fire, explosion, toxic gas dispersion). He also achieves studies in the field of fire and ventilation for different underground infrastructures: storage, mines and tunnels. Since 2011, he is in charge of the Fire and Dispersion unit in INERIS.

Benjamin will be discussing an informative case study on ‘the interest of modelling for fire safety design during excavation process’ in regards to safety design: key criteria for ensuring evacuation and the interest of recent experimental campaign for excavation process safety plus from analytical approaches to computational Fluid Mechanics, an analysis of available tools for modelling.

Besides the individual presentations, networking breaks will give the possibility for the industry leaders to gather together and discuss potential ideas, which will take tunnel design and construction to new levels in the near future.

This Year’s Tunnel Design & Construction Summit Was Designed To Address These Key Issues:
  • Cost-effective Design and Construction of Urban Tunnel Projects
  • Tunneling and Underground Space Technology
  • NATM/SEM Techniques for Tunnel Design and Construction
  • Innovative Construction Technology
  • BIM Technology in Different Stages of a Tunneling Project
  • Risk Analysis and Integrated Risk Management
  • Tunnel Design, Analysis and Information Management Systems
  • Environmental Factors to Consider when Developing Underground Structures
  • Rock Mechanics and Excavation by TBM