Conditions for participation


VI International Tunnelling Forum

It has already become a tradition that the cycle of conferences of the Polish Road Congress each year is filled with a Forum devoted to tunnel construction and operation.

We would like to invite you to the next, 6th 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 and the Tunnelling Technical Committee of the World Road Association PIARC.

This time we are meeting in Bielsko-Biała, however, for your convenience the meeting will be organised in a hybrid form. On the last day of the conference, you will have the opportunity to take part in a technical visit to the construction of the tunnel on the S1 route Przybędza – Milówka (the Węgierska Górka bypass).

During the Forum, we will discuss legal aspects of tunnel investments, we will deepen the subject of changes to the Geological and Mining Law and its impact on tunnel investments in Poland.

Another important aspect will be a session devoted to geological, geotechnical and hydrological reconnaissance of tunnel investments.

The next day of the Forum will be devoted to the subject of tunnels, from their design to the choice of appropriate technology, their equipment (insulation, drainage, safety systems), and will be rounded off by a session on tunnel operation, where we will share our experience from both tunnels on the national road network and tunnels on the urban road network.

Event with simultaneous translation Polish/English.


13th May 

10:00-11:00 Registration, Welcome Coffee

11:00-11:15 Opening – Ministry of Infrastructure (tbc), General Directorate for National Roads and Motorways (tbc), Zbigniew Kotlarek President of PKD, ITA-AITES, PIARC

11:15-11:25 Activity of the PIARC Tunnel Committee and the 3rd International Conference on Operation and Safety of Road Tunnels PIARC, Ingo Kaundinya, PIARC

11:25-11:45 Inaugural Lecture

11:45-13:00 Session I Legal Aspects of Tunnel Investments

11:45-12:05 Importance of Geological and Engineering Reconnaissance at Various Stages of Tunnel Investment Implementation, Marek Cała, Agnieszka Stopkowicz, Malwina Kolano, Faculty of Mining and Geoengineering, AGH University of Science and Technology

12:05-12:25 Tunnel Design and Construction in Light of Geological and Mining Law and Construction Law, Piotr Wojtacha, Higher Mining Office; Marek Cała, Agnieszka Stopkowicz, Faculty of Mining and Geoengineering, AGH University of Science and Technology

12:25-12:45 Construction Law vs. Geological and Mining Law in the Tunnel Construction Process, Wojciech Nowak, PORR

12:45-13:00 Questions and Discussion

13:00-14:00 Lunch

14:00-16:00 Session II Geological, Geotechnical, and Hydrological Reconnaissance of Tunnel Investments

14:00-14:20 Presentation

14:20-14:40 Presentation

14:40-15:00 Natural Hazards in Tunnel Construction and Operation, Summary of Experiences Related to Geological Factors’ Impact on Tunnel Construction and Operation with Consideration of Events from 2021 – 2024, Marek Różycki

15:00-15:20 Presentation

15:20-15:30 Questions and Answers

15:30-16:00 Coffee Break

16:00-17:30 Session III Tunnel Equipment (Insulation, Drainage, Safety Systems)

16:00-16:20 Simple Solutions to Complex Problems: How ABK Equips Tunnels to Minimize Their Impact on the Environment, ABK

16:20-16:40 Traffic Safety in Tunnels with Regards to Automatic Ice Detection and Prevention System Control Ice Pro, APM

16:40-17:00 Compensation Grouting – Protective Method for Structures Above a Tunnel on the Example of the Lodz City Tunnel, Soletanche

17:00-17:20 Presentation

17:20-17:30 Questions and Answers

19:30 Gala Dinner


14th May 

9:30-11:30 Session IV Tunnel Design and Construction Technologies

9:30-9:50 Mechanized Tunnel Boring Machine (TBM) Technology in Rock Tunnel Construction, Dymitr Petrow-Ganew, Herrenknecht

9:50-10:10 Design of Segmental Lining for TBM-Driven Tunnels, Michał Ruciński, Emilia Roguska, Egis

10:10-10:30 The Follo Line Project: 40 km of Tunnels in Hard Rock Executed by 4 TBMs, Including Pregrouting from the TBM, Fernando Vara, Follo Line Project Director and ACCIONA SBUs Global Director

10:30-10:50 Silkyara Tunnel Rescue Operations: A Tale of Resilience, Innovation, and Survival, Rhaul Gupta, National Highways Authority of India

10:50-11:10 Collaboration of the Fire Department with the General Directorate for National Roads and Motorways (GDDKiA) during the Construction and Acceptance Works of Tunnels on the S3 Road, Regional Fire Brigade Command from Wrocław

11:10-11:20 Presentation

11:20-11:30 Questions and Answers

11:30-12:00 Coffee Break

12:00-14:00 Session V Tunnel Equipment (Insulation, Drainage, Safety Systems)

12:00-12:20 Presentation, Piotr Bartulewicz, ACO

12:20-12:40 Presentation

12:40-13:00 Overview of Tunnel Waterproofing Systems. Execution of Waterproofing in Tunnel TS-26, PORR and IAT

13:00-13:20 Latest Trends in Tunnel Atmosphere Monitoring, Illustrated with Examples from Świnoujście and Worldwide, Ewa Gancarczyk, James Matley, Pentol

13:20-13:40 Tunnel Structure Safety, Promat

13:40-14:00 Questions and Answers

14:00-15:00 Lunch

15:00-17:00 Session VI Tunnel Operation

15:00-15:20 Evolution of Tunnel Safety Systems. Discussion of Latest Solutions Illustrated with Tunnel TS-26, PORR and VOLTAR

15:20-15:40 Presentation

15:40-16:00 Presentation

16:00-16:20 Integration of Tunnel Sensors and C2X Technology to Enhance Tunnel Safety in Germany, Ingo Kaundinya, BASt

16:20-16:40 Experiences from the Operation of the Hischagen Tunnel, German Highway Administration

16:40-17:00 Questions and Answers

18:30 Regional Dinner


15th May 

9:00-12:00 Technical visit – tunnel on the S1 route Przybędza – Milówka (bypass Węgierska Górka)

12:00-13:00 Lunch


Terms of participation:

Terms of participation:

The conference will take place at:

Parkhotel Vienna****

48 Bystrzańska Street

43-309 Bielsko-Biała


A. Conference with technical visit (participation on 13th – 15th May), single room:

600 Euro

These fees include:

participation in the Forum on 13-15.05.2024

conference materials

coffee service, lunch on 13-15.05.2024

gala dinner on 13.05.2024

barbecue dinner on 14.05.2024

technical visit on 15.05.2024

two nights’ accommodation in a single room

free parking

B. Conference without technical visit (participation on 13th-14th May) single room:

400 Euro

participation in the Forum on 13-14.05.2024

conference materials

coffee service, lunch on 13-14.05.2024

Gala dinner on 13.05.2024

one night’s accommodation in a single room

free parking

C. Online participation:

150 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 May 11th , 2024.

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 May 11th 2024. 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.

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