Conditions for participation


V International Tunnelling Forum

It has become a tradition that the series of conferences of the Polish Road Congress begins each year with a Forum dedicated to tunnel construction and operation. We would like to invite you to the next, 5th International Tunnelling Forum. In this edition, we will also be hosting speakers from abroad representing best practice and knowledge in the subject matter of the event. The Tunnelling Forum’s standing is confirmed by its patronage by the International Tunnelling and Underground Space Association ITA-AITES.

This time we are meeting in Warsaw, but for your convenience the meeting will be organised in a hybrid format. On the last day of the conference, you will have the opportunity to take part in a technical visit to a tunnel on the Warsaw Southern Ring Road.

During the Forum, we will discuss new challenges facing tunnel designers, builders and managers, we will delve into the operation and management of existing tunnels and we will discuss new solutions for tunnel construction and equipment, also in terms of ventilation, lighting and safety. During the Forum, one session will be dedicated to the construction and management of urban and heavy-traffic tunnels.

Event with simultaneous translation Polish/English.


6 February

13:00-14:00 Lunch

14:00 14:30 Opening – Ministry of Infrastructure (tbc), Tomasz Żuchowski GDDKiA, Zbigniew Kotlarek President PKD, Prof. Arnold Dix President ITA-AITES, Olivier Vion, Executive Director ITA-AITES

14:30-16:30 Session I New challenges for tunnels

14:30-15:00 FIDIC Emerald Book on underground works, Prof. Arnold Dix, President of the International Tunnelling and Underground Space Association, Australia

15:00-15:30 Development of the tunnel network in Poland – implementation, plans and challenges, Tomasz Żuchowski GDDKiA

15:30-16:00 Future challenges for tunnel safety and operation from the perspective of the PIARC Tunnels Committee, Ingo Kaundinya Chairman PIARC TC 4.4, BASt, Germany

16:00-16:20 Problems of digging road tunnels in the conditions of the Carpathian flysch, prof. dr hab. inż. Marek Cała, prof. dr hab. inż. Antoni Tajduś, dr inż. Agnieszka Stopkowicz, Akademia Górniczo-Hutnicza im. Stanisława Staszica w Krakowie

16:20-16:35 Modern methods of mechanized tunneling in difficult geological conditions – Variable Density TBM, Dymitr Petrow -Ganew, Herrenknecht AG

16:35-16:50 Logistical challenges related to the transport of the TBM shield to Podkarpacie, prof. dr hab. inż. Tomasz Siwowski, Politechnika Rzeszowska

16:50-17:00 Questions and answers

19:30 Gala dinner

7 February

9:30-12:00 Session II Tunnel operation and management

9:30-9:50 ITA awards in tunnel operation and maintenance, Olivier Vion, Executive Director of the International Tunnelling and Underground Space Association, Switzerland

9:50-10:10 Risk-based decision making for road tunnels, Bernard Kohl, ILF GROUP HOLDING GMBH, Austria

10:10-10:30 S2 Southern Bypass of Warsaw – experiences and conclusions from the annual operation of the facility, Piotr Chałka, Jarosław Wąsowski, GDDKiA O/Warszawa

10:30-10:50 Aging Tunnel networks; and some examples from the Netherlands on how to update them, Sallo van der Woude, President, Royal Dutch Tunnel and Underground Engineering Society, The Netherlands

10:50-11:10 Operation and Management of POW S2 Ursynów and Zakopianka S7 Rabka tunnels – good practices, Kazimierz Liver, Mateusz Potempa, WASKO S.A.

11:10-11:25 The influence of fireproof linings on the construction of the tunnel during its operation, Jacek Ćwikliński, Promat TOP

11:25-11:40 The latest trends in the monitoring of the atmosphere in tunnels – technical and legislative aspects, James Matley – Codel International, Krzysztof Filipowski, Pentol-Enviro Polska

11:40-12:00 Questions and answers

12:00-13:00 Lunch

13:00-15:00 Session III Construction and management of urban and heavy traffic tunnels

13:00-13:20 Krakow – Tunnels in the course of the Lagiewnicka Route, Krzysztof Migdał, Trasa Łagiewnicka S.A. in Krakow

13:20-13:40 Influence of tunnel equipment on functionality and constraints for road transport , Marek Różycki, MDRK

13:40-14:00 Challenges during the construction of the underwater tunnel in Świnoujście, Wojciech Nowak, PORR S.A.

14:00-14:20 PIARC case studies – maintenance and operation of heavy traffic road tunnels, Artur Kabuya, First Engineer. Management & Inspection Brussels Mobility Brussels Regional Public Service, Belgium

14:20-14:40 Methodology of implementing automation systems in infrastructure projects – on the example of the POW S2 Ursynów tunnel, Bogdan Wikierski, Kazimierz Liver, WASKO S.A.

14:40-15:00 Questions and answers

15:00-15:30 Coffee break

15:30-17:30 Session IV New developments in tunnel construction and equipment

15:30-15:50 Facts and myths about fire protection of road tunnels with low pressure water mist – based on fire tests, European guidelines and practice, Johnny Jessen, VID Fire-Kill, Denmark

15:50-16:10 Fire ventilation and fire extinguishing systems as elements of tunnel resilience strategies, Wojciech Węgrzyński Fire Research Department, Building Research Institute

16:10-16:30 On the right track, Wojciech Buczek, Hufgard

16:30-16:50 Passive fire protection of the tunnel superstructure. Łukasz Radzik, Skamol

16:50 – 17:10 New catalog of pavements in road tunnels, prof. dr hab. inż. Antoni Szydło, Politechnika Wrocławska, prof. dr hab. inż. Tomasz Siwowski, Politechnika Rzeszowska

17:10-17:20 Best practices in the construction of tunnels in Europe, Kornelia Tomala, Multiserwis

17:20-17:30 Questions and answers

18:30 Regional dinner

8 February

9:00-12:00 Technical excursion – Traffic Management Centre – Tunnel within the South Ring Road of Warsaw

12:00-13:00 Lunch



Terms of participation:

Terms of participation:

The conference will take place at:


Focus Hotel Premium WARSAW

15 Suwak St., Warsaw


A. Conference with technical visit (participation on 6 – 8 February), single room:

600 Euro

These fees include:

participation in the Forum on 06-08.02.2023,

conference materials

gala dinner on 06.02.2023 and regional dinner on 07.02.2023,

coffee service, lunch on 06-08.02.2023,

technical visit on 08.02.2023,

lunch on 08.02.2023.

two overnight stays in a single room

* fees do not include parking fee

B. Conference without technical visit (participation on 06-07 February) single room:

400 Euro

participation in the Forum on 06-07.02.2023,

conference materials

gala dinner on 06.02.2023,

coffee service, lunch on 06-07.02.2023,

one night in a single room

* fees do not include parking fees

C. Online participation:

80 Euro

This fee includes:

– participation in the Forum, possibility to ask questions to the speakers

– conference materials (sent by e-mail)

To participate in the Forum, it is required to complete an online registration form and pay the participation fee to the Polish Road Congress’ bank account at Alior Bank S.A. no: PL58 2490 0005 0000 4600 9671 2068 no later than February 2 , 2023.

The payment may be deferred after confirmation with the Organizer. Failure to make the payment on time is not tantamount to resignation from participation in the event. The organizer reserves the right to keep payments made less than 48 hours before the start of the event and not to grant access to the event online.

The participant may withdraw his application to the Forum at no cost by submitting a written statement by February 2 2023. The resignation should be sent from the address provided in the application form to the address: biuro@kongresdrogowy.pl. In case of resignation on later date, the Organizer will charge the Participant with the full cost of participation.

The organizer is not responsible for any damage or inability to join the online event caused by providing incorrect registration data, failure to perform or improper registration, failure by the user to have the appropriate equipment, software or Internet connection required to conduct the online event.

By submitting the application, you accept the Regulations for participation in conferences organized by the Polish Road Congress Association. Also you confirm that you read and accepted the rules for the processing of personal data.