The 8th
Operating tunnels sustainably, efficiently & safely
Conference Date
25th & 26th March 2020
Melbourne Marriott Hotel
Early Bird - Save $300
Book by 31/01/20


Connect with tunnelling professionals to discuss the latest developments in the industry
Australia’s growing network of tunnels are complex to operate and maintain. For tunnel owners and operators, there is a focus on ensuring that tunnels are sustainable, safe and cost efficient. With advancements in technology enhancing traffic flow and new vehicle types using these tunnels, a new set of challenges is becoming apparent. Safety and security is paramount for all stakeholders, however these changes require new approaches and communication between operational, maintenance and safety personnel.

In 2020, Criterion will once again bring together the key stakeholders from Australia’s tunnelling industry for the Future Proofing Tunnel Operations conference. Join fellow professionals who work in the tunnelling sector to gain knowledge, strategies and solutions to challenges including operational efficiency, fire safety and emergency preparedness and risk management. This event is a unique opportunity for you to learn from innovative local and international case studies on improving tunnel operations and preparing for the future.

Why attend?
  • Discuss your challenges & ideas with industry peers
  • Learn about the innovative systems & technologies for streamlining operations
  • Takeaway practical & applicable knowledge on improving preparedness for emergencies in tunnels
  • Gain valuable insights into how organisations around Australia are preparing for changes to tunnels & tunnelling
  • Learn from solutions focused sessions from industry thought leaders

Who will attend?
Sector leaders with responsibilities for:
  • 50% - Tunnels operations & maintenance
  • 20% - Infrastructure design & construction
  • 20% - Fire safety
  • 10% - State Road Authorities

Attend to learn:

  • Master the minimum operating requirements
  • Develop a sustainable approach to tunnel operations
  • Maximise tunnel safety & security

  • Prepare for future tunnel operations
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Key Speakers

Arnold Dix
Tunnel Safety Expert, Scientist & Lawyer
Alexandra Monson
Environmental & Sustainability Manager
Eastlink Broadspectrum
Nigel Casey
Manager, Tunnel Technology
Transport for NSW
Kurt Vollmacher
Project Leader, ISO On Global Rescue Information, Belgium


What People Are Saying

  • “I attended the 2019 Tunnel Operation and Maintenance Conference and was thoroughly impressed with the high standard of speakers, technical content and networking opportunities”

    Lars Rasmussen
    Regional Manager - VIC, Lendlease
  • “Criterion Conferences helped me connect, learn and understand current state of our industry.”

    Thomas Burke
    NorthConnex Asset Manager, NorthWestern Roads Management Services
  • “This M&O conference presented a unique open forum for all disciplines, designers, maintainers, operators and responders to share knowledge and learning, and to connect and collaborate. The forum allows honest conversations allowing the real issues to be  openly discussed”

    Paul Musson
    Tunnel Manager, Auckland Motorway Alliance


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