Knowledge & Passion to Make a Positive Impact on the World
will be published by
CRC Press / Balkema
will be published by
CRC Press / Balkema
Early bird registration is available until 31 January 2023, whereas for all other relevant information use the link below
Numerous alternatives are available that have been tailored to offer a variety of promotion opportunities.
A set of remarkable social events are being planned by the Organizing Committee for the Conference participants.
Seize the opportunity participating in the Technical Visits on the tunneling and underground excavations projects be in progress in Attica.
Leading Media Partners, in the field of construction and tunneling, strongly support WTC. For more information follow the link below.
As Athens is a highly visited city, there is a great variety of hotels and hostels centrally located, with a range of costs to accommodate any visitor's needs.
The Megaron Athens International Conference Centre is one of the finest and most technologically advanced conference venues in Europe.
Athens, the capital of Greece is a lively, and cosmopolitan city harmoniously reconciling the past and the present.
Expanding Underground Knowledge & Passion to Make a Positive Impact on the World
Rapid urbanization, natural hazards, climate change and extreme weather phenomena, sustainable energy geo-resources, people’s mobility and transportation of goods are first-priority demanding challenges that the globe is facing.
Cities, infrastructure and logistics expansion towards underground provide safe, sustainable and green solutions facilitating the transformation of millions of people’s lives into a more resilient lifestyle.
A comprehensive understanding, rethinking and reshaping of the underground spaces has become even more vital and crucial in the urban transformation of future cities, where overground space will be more and more valuable. For the latter to be attained, a holistic approach is required not only in terms of spatial organization or overcoming engineering challenges, but also with regard to the establishments of policies, regulations and consideration of social factors.
WTC 2023 in Athens will highlight the multiple advantages and solutions that underground space can provide, at the prospect of a whole new era of smart technology where sophisticated “digital tools” change investigation, design, construction and operation methods and strategies rapidly. WTC 2023 will additionally provide an ideal opportunity to showcase recent innovations and the perspective of technology to further efficiently upgrade underground infrastructure assets, transforming the industry and the societies it serves.
We strongly believe that WTC2023 held in Athens (Greece) will provide a valuable opportunity and a fertile soil for the international underground society to make a literally positive impact on the world.”
Dear Colleagues and Friends of the Tunnelling and Underground Space family,
It is with great pleasure on behalf of the Greek Tunneling Society (GTS) to invite you to the World Tunnel Congress 2023 that will be held in Athens – Greece, from the 12th to the 18th May 2023.
Athens, the city of myths, monuments, gods and ancient glory could offer unique experiences for the distinguished delegates of the ITA family. Contributions from all parties of the supply chain of the underground industry i.e. consultants, contractors, software producers, machine / equipment manufacturers, investors as well as operators and clients are welcome to attend since they will be able to exchange knowledge, promote their expertise / knowhow and define future needs.
Chair of the Organizing Committee
ITA – AITES World Tunnel Congress 2023 / Athens
The theme of WTC2023 “EXPANDING UNDERGROUND”, will focus on the Knowledge and Passion that our industry offers to Make a Positive Impact on the World.
During the last 5 – 6 years Greece experiences an explosive recommencement of the construction sector including large scale infrastructure projects, along with numerous tunnel and underground projects within the complex geological environment of the country. Such coincidence offers various opportunities for exciting technical tours during the congress.
The Venue of the Congress ”Megaron Athens International Conference Centre” is located in the city centre offering a unique opportunity for the delegates to explore, in parallel of the congress, the unparalleled beauty of the rich inheritance of ancient monuments and artifacts. Moreover, mid-May is an ideal season to visit Greece which is located in a blessed natural environment and surrounded by the “deep blue” Mediterranean Sea.
While GTS is getting prepared for an in-person WTC2023 participation, as we all vigorously anticipate restoring our lives to normality, there will also be an option for a virtual participation. Hence, WTC2023 will be carried out in hybrid mode.
GTS is committed to organize a successful and memorable ITA-AITES World Tunnel Congress 2023 and offer what has been known as a traditional Greek hospitality.
We are looking forward to welcoming you in Athens.
Chair of the Organizing Committee
ITA – AITES World Tunnel Congress 2023 / Athens
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#WTC2023 | Keynote Speaker As part of the #WTC2023 Keynote sessions, Prof. Emer. Kyriazis Pitilakis will share his expertise on the "Seismic design and risk assessment of #tunnels and underground #structures". +info | #undergroundconstruction #tunnelling https://t.co/lJRvIRkrfhRead More
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🙌 Great Success | 420+ Full Papers Submitted! With the submission phase of the full papers having being completed, we would like to warmly thank all authors, who submitted their work to #WTC2023, as well as the members of the Scientific Committee for their valuable contribution. https://t.co/amudsY5vCGRead More
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@BTS_Tunnelling 2022 Conference & Exhibition completed successfully! Dr Ch. Paraskevopoulou and Mr G. Doulkas, active members of #WTC2023 welcomed the conferences’ delegates in our booth and invited them to visit #Athens next May! Read more here | https://t.co/Kxaoht5mpZRead More
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This Monday, October 10, 2022, marked the successful completion of the Metro Line 3 Extension Project to Piraeus with the inauguration and opening of the last 3 new stations to the public. Read more information on the Metro Line 3 Extension here #WTC2023Read More
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Professor Emeritus, Aristotle University, Thessaloniki, Greece
Vice-President of the European Association of Earthquake Engineering
Professor Kyriazis Pitilakis has more than forty years of intensive academic, research and professional experience in civil, earthquake and geotechnical engineering. Vice-President of the European Association of Earthquake Engineering (EAEE) (www.eaee.org), ex- Chairman of the Technical Committee “Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering andAssociated Problems” (TC203) of the International Society of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE), and past President of the Greek Society of Earthquake Engineering. He is presently Professor Emeritus in Aristotle University, Thessaloniki, Greece and since 2019 visiting Professor in Tongji University, International Laboratory of earthquake Engineering (ILEE), Shanghai, China.
Coordinator and scientific responsible of numerous European research projects, namely EUROSEISTEST (euroseisdb.civil.auth.gr) and SYNER-G (www.syner-g.eu), he has a long experience in European research activities in earthquake engineering, geotechnical engineering, vulnerability and risk assessment of civil engineering structures, infrastructures and lifelines. According to the recent Stanford classification he is among the top 10 leading researchers in Civil Engineering in Greece, and among the top 10 leading international researchers in specific topics like Soil Dynamics, Engineering Seismology and Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering.
Chairman of several international conferences including the 16th European Conference of Earthquake Engineering, Thessaloniki 2018 and invited keynote lecturer in many International Conferences. Author of more than 650 scientific papers (h-factor 57) published in peer review scientific journals, and conference proceedings, author and co-author in several books, editor of four books published in Springer Editions, all in relevant subjects of earthquake engineering, seismic risk and geotechnical earthquake engineering. Professor Kyriazis Pitilakis is founder and coordinator of EUROSEISTEST, a large scale experimental facility in earthquake engineering, soil dynamics and engineering seismology that is unique in Europe and worldwide. He supervised more that 30 PhD thesis and numerous of his students hold academic positions in Greece and worldwide.
Professor Kyriazis Pitilakis is strongly involved in the ongoing revision of EC8 (Part 1-Seismic Actions and Part 5-Seismic design of foundations, retaining structures, soilstructure interaction, liquefaction, slope stability and underground structures), while he has been international expert for the revision of other seismic codes worldwide.
He is member of the editorial advisory board in Springer editions (Geotechnical, Geological and Earthquake Engineering), member of the editorial board and reviewer of numerous scientific journals and member of many international societies in earthquake and geotechnical engineering.
Honors: Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Palmes Academiques, French Republic.
The 12th Muir Wood lecture will be delivered by Professor Marc Panet during the WTC2023 in Athens. His nomination being a Muir Wood lecturer was proposed by the French Tunnelling & Underground Space Association (AFTES) as per ITA’s Statues and By-laws.
Marc Panet graduated in Civil Engineering at the École des Mines de Paris and obtained a Master degree at the University of California at Berkeley. He started his career in 1965 at the Laboratoire Central des Ponts et Chaussées, in Paris, where he was a Research Engineer, Head of the Geotechnical Department and Technical Director. In 1982 he joined the SHP Group, in Paris, as Scientific Director. From 1984 to 1996 he was the President and CEO of SIMECSOL; and from 1996 to 2000 President and CEO of FC International SA. Since then he has been working as a consultant. He taught at the École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées, at the École des Mines and at the École Centrale des Arts et Manufactures, in Paris.
Marc has been in charge of numerous studies in geotechnical engineering for underground works, highways, bridges, and natural hazards. Among the main projects are: the Mont Blanc Tunnel (11.6km), the Frejus Road Tunnel (12.9 km), the Large Electron–Positron Collider (CERN in Geneva), the Channel Tunnel (from 1967 to the end of the construction), the Millau Bridge, the Loetschberg Base Tunnel (43 km), subways in Paris, Rennes, Caracas, Athens and Algiers, the slides of the city of Constantine (Algeria), the project of the suspended bridge on the Straits of Messina (Italy) and the project of the cable-stayed bridge on the Golden Horn (Turkey). He is presently involved in a large number of geotechnical projects.
He is the author of a large number of publications in professional journals and international conferences and of the well-known book “Calculation of tunnels using the convergence-confinement method”.
Marc Panet is a Honorary Member of the French Academy of Technology, Knight of the National Order of Merit and Knight of the Order of Academic Palms.