Malaysia to share tunnel technology at world congress next May

WTC 2020 organising chairman Ooi Teik Aun says the congress will be inspired by the tunnelling progress and successes Malaysia has achieved.

PETALING JAYA: Malaysia will offer its tunnelling knowledge and innovation gained through its mega dam projects and road systems when it plays host to the World Tunnel Congress (WTC) 2020 next May.

The congress is held annually in conjunction with the general assembly of the International Tunnelling and Underground Space Association (ITA-AITES).

It is to promote the use of tunnels and underground space through knowledge sharing and application of technology.

Malaysia will be hosting WTC 2020 under the aegis of the Institution of Engineers, Malaysia (IEM).

The congress’ organising chairman, Ooi Teik Aun, said it will be themed “Innovation and Sustainable Underground Serving Global Connectivity” to reflect the need to innovate towards sustainable development.

Ooi said the event would be inspired by the tunnelling progress and successes that Malaysia had achieved in the past decades.

“From our mega dam projects to road systems, Malaysia has a lot to offer in terms of tunnelling knowledge and innovation.” he said in a statement.

The congress will focus on the presentation of technical papers and e-posters, tunnelling training courses and exhibitions from organisations worldwide displaying the latest tunnelling technology.

There will be about 200 exhibition booths.

The delegates, numbering some 2,000, will also go on technical visits to completed and ongoing tunnelling projects in the country.

Founded in 1974, the 78-member International Tunnelling and Underground Space Association is the leading world organisation promoting the use of tunnels and underground space through knowledge sharing and application of technology.