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Handover of the ITA Flag to Malaysia as the host country for WTC 2020: Ir. Dr Teik Aun Ooi (Organising Chairman, right), Ir. David Kong Phooi Lai (IEM President, left) and Anna Ceppaluni (Honorary Consul of Malaysia in Italy) receiving the ITA flag from Andrea Pigorini (SIG President) in Naples, Italy, on Wednesday, 8 May 2019 Handover of the ITA Flag to Malaysia as the host country for WTC 2020: Ir. Dr Teik Aun Ooi (Organising Chairman, right), Ir. David Kong Phooi Lai (IEM President, left) and Anna Ceppaluni (Honorary Consul of Malaysia in Italy) receiving the ITA flag from Andrea Pigorini (SIG President) in Naples, Italy, on Wednesday, 8 May 2019 Photo: herrroland@t-online.de
  • World Tunnel Congress 2020 in Kuala Lumpur to be held from 15 to 21 May 2020

“The preparations for the World Tunnel Congress (WTC) and 46th ITA General Assembly 2020 in Kuala Lumpur are in full swing.

Registration should be made as soon as possible, due to the early bird chance (before 1 December 2019) and the high demand“ recommends WTC2020 Organising Chairman Ir. Dr Teik Aun Ooi. The Institution of Engineers, Malaysia (IEM) will welcome more than 2,000 participants from all walks of the tunnelling and underground space developments fraternity to join the congress which includes lectures, technical sessions, various committee and working group meetings, site and technical visits, brief excursions and much more. Accompanied by an exhibition with more than 200 participating companies from all over the world, the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC) will be the epicentre of the tunnelling and underground space developments congress for a whole week, and will underline Malaysia´s position as a tunnelling and underground space developments technological hub in Southeast Asia.

The fully packed week will start with an ITACET training course. Addressing especially young tunnellers and those who are interested in tunnelling and underground space developments; as well as prominent tunnelling experts from all over the world will be sharing their experiences. More than fifteen technical presentations under the topic of “Innovations in Tunnelling - Geotechnical Engineering and Project Management“ will give deep insights in five different main fields of tunnelling and underground space developments on Friday and Saturday, 15 and 16 May 2020. This will not only be a chance to learn from the bests, but there will also be sufficient time between the various sessions for discussion and networking with worldwide recognised experts.
The first part of the General Assembly and some Working Group meetings will take place on Sunday, 17 May 2020. One of the most important events on this day is the Congress. Welcoming Reception starting at 6 pm, which is free for all registered congress participants.

The official welcoming to the World Tunnel Congress, as well as an opening ceremony with both Muir Wood and keynote lectures, are scheduled on Monday morning, 18 May 2020. The exhibition at the KLCC venue will also kick-off on the same morning. Technical Sessions, presentations, committee meetings and countless networking with fellow participants, exhibitors and business partners will fulfil the days until the second part of the General Assembly on Wednesday afternoon, with the closing ceremony as the finale of the WTC2020 event and followed with the handover of the ITA flag to the next host country Denmark for WTC2021.

Different site and technical visits will be held during and after the congress with limited seats available: SMART Tunnel (Monday, 18 May 2020), Tunnelling Training Academy (Tuesday, 19 May 2020) and Underground works at both KVMRT Line 2 and Line 3 (Wednesday, 20 May 2020) are outstanding tunnel engineering achievements, first of its kind training centre and ongoing tunnelling projects respectively - no engineer should miss. All site and technical visits, as well as short excursions, will start and end at KLCC. On Thursday limited participants will have a chance to book a technical visit to either the ongoing East Coast Rail Link or the completed Pahang-Selangor Raw Water Transfer Tunnel.

Several programmes open to accompanying persons to explore the beauty of Malaysia before or after the congress are also in place. The WTC2020 in Kuala Lumpur falls during the month of Ramadan which is the holiest month in the Islamic calendar. Participants will have the opportunity to experience the uniqueness of “Buka Puasa“ (Breaking of Fast) in KLCC itself. The WTC2020 programme for business as well as for leisure, is amazing and will become a lasting memory for all participants.

Further details available by accessing the homepage www.wtc2020.my

Source: Roland Herr, E-Mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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