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The renovation of the 14 trains of Metro line 1 will be funded by the NSRA – What will change

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The renovation of the 14 trains of Metro line 1 will be funded by the NSRA – What will change

The project of upgrading 14 trains for 70 carriages that have been operating on line 1 of the Metro since the 1980s was included in the NSRF funding by decision of the Ministry of Development and Investments. The total cost of the project amounts to 94.19 million euros. The projects include the renovation of the substations in Faliro and Heraklion as well as the hiring of a Technical Consultant.

Let us remind you that the STASY tender (which is the contracting authority) is at an advanced stage with the Spanish CAF having been announced as the temporary contractor of the project. With this project, the 14 trains of the 8th reception will be renovated which began to operate gradually in the two years 1984-1985 and today are in a particularly bad condition, both visually and functionally as they will have a new interior, air conditioning, screens, new E/M systems while the trains will be accessible to disabled passengers. If we have no delays the project contract can be signed within the year.

A Bridge project

Essentially, this project starts with the funds of the NSRF 2014-2020, but it is planned to be completed as a bridge project under the new NSRF 2021-2027. The total eligible expenditure for this period amounts to 12.3 million euros.

In this first funding period, the works estimated to be carried out are the delivery of a real-scale model of a representative train vehicle and the related services of the Technical Consultant for the works mentioned above.

The rest of the vehicles and trains, the sub-project of the traction of substations upgrade as well as the remaining work of the Technical Consultant, will be the subject of Phase B 2021-2027. The duration of the projects was estimated at 34 months from the signing of the contract. On the assumption that the project will be signed in 2022, then all the trains will have been modernized by 2025. Beside the overall deadline, there will be a partial delivery of the trains. The first “new” train will be delivered in 19 months (570 days) from the day of signing the contract, another four in 25 months, and another five in 30 months. The last four will be delivered by the end of the contract. Renovation work is expected to take place at facilities within the country.

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Professor Kyriazis Pitilakis

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) (, 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 ( and SYNER-G (, 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.
Thessaloniki 06.06.2022

Professor Marc Panet

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.