Italferr hosts the SIG Conference marking St. Barbara’s Day 2016

Rom, 2 December 2016

Today, Friday 2 December 2016, Italferr hosted the working meeting on “Handling spoil from underground excavations: experiences, new regulatory guidelines and engineering innovation”, in the “Giuseppe Traini” Room at its Rome headquarters, organised, like every year, by the Italian Tunnelling Society (SIG) to mark Saint Barbara’s Day.
The event, organised by the President of the SIG, who is also the Head of Infrastructure Engineering at Italferr, and the Head of our Environment, Architecture and Archaeology Department, focused on the issue of the complex design, approval and implementation procedure for underground works, which entail the production of millions of cubic metres of spoil, and the related exploitation, reutilisation or disposal processes.
Tunnels are peculiar engineering works in that they are all about “subtraction”, not “addition”, as in the case of most infrastructure engineering projects.
The morning session of the meeting featured a series of papers by experts in the field, analysing the basic environmental design documents (Spoil Use Plan) and relevant approval process. The programme of the working meeting ended with the presentation of some results of the environmental tests carried out on spoil from tunnelling work using new “enviromentally friendly” TBMs and materials.