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TUCSS Monthly Seminar 225

TUCSS Monthly Seminar 225

20 May

  • 20 May 2021, Thursday
  • 18:30 To 19:30
  • Online

  • Safety Challenges in Long Rail Tunnels

Event details

TUCSS Monthly Seminar No. 225 – Thursday, 20 May 2021, 6.30 pm


Safety Challenges in Long Rail Tunnels

by Bernd Hagenah, HNTB



Planning and operation of rail and transit tunnels and facilities require the implementation of high standards to prevent incidents and ensure the health and safety of passengers and agency staff. Long tunnels pose a special challenge in emergency situations since it is unlikely that rescue forces could be engaged within a short reaction time required. Therefore, planning of tunnel facilities, associated equipment and procedures must actively support the inherent simplicity of operations in the event of an incident. Best qualities of proper emergency planning reduce decision-making errors during emergency response scenarios while providing effective hazard mitigation for passengers, operating crew and first responders. This paper discusses best industry practices in managing the incident response for long rail and transit tunnels and points to lessons learned from construction and operation of the longest rail tunnels in the world, e.g. Gotthard Base Tunnel (Switzerland), Brenner Basel Tunnel (Austria / Italy), Channel Tunnel (France / Great Britain ) and further currently under construction, e.g. Brenner Base Tunnel (Austria), Lyon-Turin Tunnel (France / Italy), Semmering Base Tunnel and Koralm Base Tunnel (Austria).


Bernd has more than 20 years of experience in tunnel ventilation, tunnel climate and aerodynamics, and tunnel safety, contributing to many significant infrastructure projects throughout Switzerland, Austria, France, Germany, Sweden, Israel, Australia, and the United States. He has worked on road and rail tunnel projects such as; the Gotthard Base Tunnel, Brenner Base Tunnel, Metro Vienna, Metro Melbourne, Metro Brisbane, in addition to several highway tunnels in Europe and the French Nuclear Waste Depository (CIGEO). He is an internationally recognized leader in the field of designing safety equipment and electromechanical equipment, including ventilation systems for underground transit systems, both during construction (dust control, fresh air supply, fire protection) and revenue service.

Time and Place

The presentation will take place electronically on Thursday, 20 May 2021 at 18:30 hrs. The presentation will take approximately 45 minutes, follow by 15 minutes of questions/discussion.



This is the 225th in a series of presentations by TUCSS and is open to current TUCSS Members only. Seats are on first-come-first-served basis and limited to 500 persons.



Members are to sign up for the seminar via their TUCSS account on the TUCSS Website or TUCSS Mobile App. The details on how to access the seminar will be sent to the members who has successfully signed up for the seminar, at a date nearer to the seminar. The deadline for registration is on Monday, 10 May 2021 or when total registered participants reaches 500 whichever comes earlier.

*TUCSS Corporate members limited to 5 registrations only. For TUCSS Corporate members, please email us the following information (name, TUCSS Corporate membership number, company name, email address, PE/RE/RTO number if applicable).


Attendance Policy

For members who require certificate of attendance, please note of the attendance policy: Login at the beginning of the seminar (link will open at 18:15 hours)

-       Login at the beginning of the seminar (link will be assessable at 18:15 hours)

-       Evidence of participation by video switched on throughout the seminar

-       Complete the quiz at the end of the seminar before logging out. The duration for the quiz is 15mins.


Certificate of Attendance will be uploaded to the member’s account after the compliance to the Attendance Policy is verified.



Points have been applied and pending approval.


Note 1: Members are not required to indicate their names and TUCSS registration details through Chat function. Members shall not send messages through Chat function during the presentation.


Note 2: Higher no-show was observed at the last TUCSS monthly seminar. As there are limited openings for the seminar, members are urged to register for the seminar only if they can attend the seminar.


Note 3: For any suggestions/feedback to improve the online seminar, members are to email to the secretariat.


Thank you.


Bernd Hagenah