Welcome from ATS2017 Conference Chair, Nigel Casey

Dear Colleagues in Tunnelling,

The 16th Australasian Tunnelling Society (ATS) Conference, the triennial industry event, will be held in Sydney in late 2017.

The conference is a great opportunity for individuals to take time out from their day-to-day to learn from and reflect on the many advances made by the industry. It is a great opportunity to meet, explain, question, listen, and indeed advertise.

In many instances the scale of recently completed or current projects are establishing new tunnelling milestones for Australasia – the longest rail tunnels, the longest road tunnels, the largest caverns. Projects have become ‘bigger’ and with these scales come technical and contractual complexities.

A test of industry capability is to deliver innovation despite this increasing workload. The conference will provide a platform for our technical leaders to present innovations in design and delivery proving that continuous improvement is driving ‘better’, more efficient project outcomes.

Attendees at this year’s conference will be aware of the current high level of industry activity. With ‘more’ projects being showcased, we’re confident that the 16th ATS conference will prove very popular and will be well supported.

And so, we have established a conference theme that reflects the state of the industry in the period from the 15th ATS conference in 2014 to the current time. Underground works in Australasia has been, and continues to be, a challenging space that is delivering bigger, better and more projects.

We look forward to welcoming you to 16th Australasian Tunnelling Conference 2017.

Nigel Casey,
Conference Chair
16th Australasian Tunnelling Conference 2017