Judges

Jasmin Amberg

Jasmin
Amberg
Switzerland

Jasmin Amberg

Switzerland

Jasmin Amberg has a Master’s degree in Civil Engineering from the ETH Zurich (2013) with focus on Tunnelling and Geotechnics. She works now for Amberg Engineering Ltd. as a project manager, where she is involved in several tunnelling projects at different design stages.

Her first visit of a tunnel construction site at the age of six certainly had an impact on her choice of profession and she enjoys motivating young people to explore the world of engineering and tunnelling.

Jasmin is founder and chair of the Swiss young members group. Since 2017 she is a member of the ITAym steering committee. In 2020 Jasmin took over the role of Chair of the ITAym after holding the Vice-Chair position through 2018-2020.

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Werner Bilfinger

Werner
Bilfinger
Brazil

Werner Bilfinger

Brazil

Werner Bilfinger is a civil engineer graduated from the University of São Paulo, where he also got his Master and PhD degrees.

He works with design and consultancy since graduation mainly in infrastructure projects in Brazil, the Americas, Europe and Africa.

He is the Brazilian representative in Working Group 19 - Conventional Tunnelling - of the ITA, and TC 207 - Soil-Structure Interaction - of the ISSMGE.

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Youssef Diab

Youssef
Diab
France

Youssef Diab

France

Youssef Diab is a tuner Professor of Urban Sustainable Planning in the University Gustave Eiffel in France. He is also in charge of prospective and chairs development in the EIVP: Ecole des Ingénieurs de la Ville de Paris. A graduated school dedicated the urban and municipal engineering. This school is attached to the city of Paris and affiliated to the University Gustave Eiffel. He is also involved in graduate programs dedicated to urban Engineering in other European, Asian, Middle Eastern, and north American universities

His research activities are related to the field of civil and environmental, resilience and energy engineering. He is particularly concerned by the underground planning and relations with circular economy especially earth valorisation: construction materials, landscaping, fertile soils, biodiversity…

 These researches are based on multi criteria analysis and of modelling infrastructure systems. Many of these researches are realised in co-operation with municipalities and local authorities especially the city pf Paris. He is the scientific ambassador of ITACUS: ITA Committee on Underground space.

Youssef Diab is the author of more than 150 papers, communications, and reports in the field of urban sustainability and urban services management.

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Davide Fabbri

Davide
Fabbri
Switzerland

Davide Fabbri

Switzerland

Davide Fabbri, born in Locarno (Switzerland) 18.08.1972, is married and father of two kids. Master of Science at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology of Zurich (Switzerland), Diploma in Civil Engineering in 1996, since the end of his studies is incorporated in Lombardi Engineering Ltd (Switzerland), presently in charge as Member of the Management and Head of the department "Underground works”.

In the last 2 decades he was among other projects particularly involved in the design and in the technical support during construction of some of the most challenging alpine base-tunnels. Since 2017 he is member of the Executive Committee of the Swiss Tunneling Society, actually in charge as Vice-president of the Executive Committee, responsible for "international activities".

Former Member of the ITA WG05 "Maintenance and Repair”, he is actually Swiss delegate in the ITA WG03 “Contractual Practice”.

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Robert Goodfellow

Robert
Goodfellow
United States of America

Robert Goodfellow

United States of America

Robert Goodfellow is the President of Aldea Services Inc.

He has almost 30 years of experience in the tunneling industry and he currently serves as Chair of the Executive Committee for the American Underground Construction Association (UCA of SME).

Mr. Goodfellow is widely published, co-authoring books and industry guidelines on subjects as diverse as risk management and concrete lining design, in addition to a host of technical papers.

He writes a regular column as “The Insider” for North American Tunneling Journal.

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Nobuharu Isago

Nobuharu
Isago
Japan

Nobuharu Isago

Japan

ISAGO, Nobuharu is a Professor at the Faculty of Urban Environmental Sciences, Tokyo Metropolitan University.

As professor at Tokyo Metropolitan University, Isago proceeds several research activities regarding tunnel structure, maintenance methodology and regulation of emergency facilities of road tunnels.  Isago is designated as many technical committees such as Japan Society of Civil Engineers, Japan Road Association, Japan Tunneling Association and so on.  Up to 2018, Isago was a director of tunnel research team of PWRI, engaging in the research and development, technical adviser of ministry, as government official.

Major Research Subject:
Tunnel engineering, especially design method of support and lining, maintenance and inspection of road tunnel, countermeasure of deformation in existing tunnel, emergency facilities in road tunnel.

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Anne Kathrine Kalager

Anne Kathrine
Kalager
Norway

Anne Kathrine Kalager

Norway

Anne Kathrine Kalager has a Master’s Degree in Geology from the University of Oslo. One of her main focus areas, is the preparation for the performance of the projects. Good knowledge of the ground-conditions is always an important key to success.

Since 1989, she has held key positions in the performance of several major railway projects. Tunnels have formed a significant part of all the projects, many of them located within urban areas. The majority of her tunnel-projects have been performed by the Norwegian Method of Tunneling by drill and blast excavation. The extension of the National Theatre station in downtown Oslo, is probably her most spectacular project, with huge technical challenges and limited access in combination with measurements to reduce the impact for the neighbours. The project was successfully finalized after a three year long construction period.

Since 2007, she has hold the position as Project Manager for the 20 km long twin-tube tunnel at the Follo Line project. The tunnels were successfully excavated by four hard-rock TBMs operating from one centrally located access-point. She has followed the project from the beginning, and it will be handed over in 2021

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Wan Kun

Wan
Kun
China

Wan Kun

China

Vice President of International Business Division of CREC.

Master in Tunnel & Bridge Engineering(2005-2009) - Shijiazhuang Railway University, China.

Bachelor in Civil Engineering for Transportation(1995-1999) - Shijiazhuang Railway University, China.

Technical Title: Professor of Engineering (Civil Works)(Admitted in Dec, 2016, in the Transportation Engineering).

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Roland Leucker

Roland
Leucker
Germany

Roland Leucker

Germany

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Roland Leucker studied Civil Engineering and graduated in 1990 from the Aachen University of Technology (Germany), in 1995 he received a Dr.-Ing. (Phd.) in Civil Engineering, from 1995-2006 he worked with HOCHTIEF AG, at that time the biggest German construction company, at last as a Design Manager and Coordinator for several structural civil engineering and especially tunnelling projects, 2006 he joined STUVA and is since 2008 the Managing Director.
He is experienced in conducting model tests, design and calculation of civil engineering structures, tunnelling (conventional and mechanical excavation), contract management, planning, ground freezing, sealing, fire safety, and operational upgrading of tunnels. Especially safety and security during tunnel operation is a focus of his present works.

Furthermore, he is the Managing Director of the German Tunnelling Committee and is active in several international and national committees. He is a member of the Steering Board and Past Chairman of ITA-COSUF, Committee on Operational Safety of Underground Facilities (International Tunnelling and Underground Space Association); a member of the National Standards Committee on waterproofing of buildings and structures (DIN 18195/18533); and a member of the Working-Group 2.6 „Tunnelling“ of the Federal Highway Research Institute (BASt), ZTV-ING. Besides that, he is Professor at Ruhr University Bochum in the field of “Operation of subsurface infrastructures” with teaching assignment since 2012.

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Xavier Monin

Xavier
Monin
Hong Kong, China

Xavier Monin

Hong Kong, China

With the Contractor Bouygues Travaux Publics (BYTP) since 2002, Xavier MONIN took part in various large international infrastructure projects as Design Manager (Highway 2000 in Jamaica (30Km, road & bridges/civil), Gautrain Railway in South Africa (85Km, 10Km bridges, 15Km tunnels (TBM/D&B), 10 stations), with periods in BYTP Paris H/O at the Design Office in 2005 and 2010-2013 as Tunnel Design Manager. Xavier joined Dragages Hong Kong Ltd (subsidiary of BYTP) in January 2014 and the Liantang Road Tunnel Project (twin 2 lanes 4.8Km tunnels / TBM + D&B + Mechanical excavation and Buildings/E&M) till completion in 2019 as Technical Manager.
He also led several Tenders in Hong Kong (IWMF Waste treatment facilities in 2017 (artificial island + process plant buildings), Central Kowloon Route - Central Road Tunnel in 2018 (awarded), and T2 Trunk Road sub-sea tunnel in 2019 (awarded).

He is currently Technical Manager on the Central Kowloon Route – Central Road Tunnel Project (2.8Km twin 3 lanes road tunnel underneath Kowloon, from Yau Ma Tei to Ma Tau Kok, mostly D&B excavation, 7 faults crossings, 7m dia. TBM pilot tunnel).

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Mike Rispin

Mike
Rispin
United States of America

Mike Rispin

United States of America

Mike Rispin, P.Eng., is Vice President – Tunneling for Strata Worldwide.  He is also currently serving a two-year term as Chair of the Underground Construction Association of SME, the Member Nation organization of ITA in the USA.

He has over 35 years’ experience in tunneling and mining on a global level and has relevant expertise in disciplines such as explosives and blasting, ground control, heavy equipment, and mechanized tunneling applications.

He has worked in the past for companies such as Master Builders / BASF, Normet and Dyno Nobel.  Originally Canadian, he has also resided in Switzerland and now calls the USA home.

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Suresh Sharma

Suresh
Sharma
India

Suresh Sharma

India

Lieutenant General Suresh Sharma is a Senior military leader accredited with effecting a large-scale transformation of strategic and military infrastructure across India in a career spanning 37 years.

Professional expertise lies in the areas of technical leadership, policy formulation, financial planning, government affairs, capital asset acquisition, high-level contract and budget management, arbitration and dispute resolution and delivery of mega-infrastructure projects.

He is currently part of Louis Berger a WSP Company as head of Technical Division.

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Oscar Sigl

Oscar
Sigl
Singapore

Oscar Sigl

Singapore

Oskar Sigl is a Civil Engineer and Partner, Professional Engineer and Expert Advisor.

He has more than 35 years of experience in rock and soil mechanics and geotechnical engineering, including detailed design of tunnels and caverns and other underground structures in rock and soil using shotcrete, rock bolts and ground anchors; cast in-situ and segmental linings; excavation support systems for cut & cover tunnels using sheet piles, soldier piles, diaphragm walls and bored piles; design of all types of deep and shallow foundations; consultancy for TBM tunnelling in soft ground and mixed face; geotechnical monitoring.

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Barry Sum Pang Tuen

Barry
Sum Pang Tuen
Hong Kong, China

Barry Sum Pang Tuen

Hong Kong, China

Barry Sum has over 26 years of engineering experience in Hong Kong and Asia.

He has spent significant of his time in HK and other major South-east Asia countries in the last 10 years. He has been stationed in Bangkok for nearly one year for a metro project in 2009. He is familiar with the infrastructure market in Hong, Kong, China, and other South-east Asia countries (e.g. Malaysia, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia, Myanmar, Philippine, and Singapore). He obtained the Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Civil & Structural Engineering from the University of Hong Kong in 1995 and 1999 respectively.
He acquired the professional chartered engineer status for more than 20 years and he is now a fellow member of HKIE. He is now in progress to acquire the Fellow status of ICE, UK.

Barry is now working in MTR taking up the position of General Manager–New Projects. He is responsible to kick start the implementation of the 4 new railway extension projects from detailed planning and design to construction. He is also responsible for the transformation programme to uplift the projects delivery capability of MTR projects team. He is tasked to take forward all the initiatives for all new MTR projects. He is also responsible the execution of MTR new railway extension projects. He is also responsible to communicate with local industry stakeholders and overseas counterparts.

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Oscar Vardé

Oscar
Vardé
Argentina

Oscar Vardé

Argentina

Civil Engineer, Buenos Aires University, Argentina, 1959. Graduated Suma Cum Laude. Post-Graduated Courses on Geotechnical Engineering, Laval University, Quebec Canada, Berkeley University, California, USA, President of AATES, Asociación Argentina de Túneles y Espacios Subterráneos.

Since 2010 President of Vardé & Asociados S.A., geotechnical engineers involved on important projects in Argentina including high dams, tunneling, highways, bridges, port facilities, heavy industrial plants, buildings, and major projects in Latin America (Brasil, Chile, Bolivia, Uruguay, Peru, Ecuador, Nicaragua, Paraguay, Venezuela).

More than sixty years on professional activity. In the last 30 years mainly  focused on Underground Works on soils and rocks, Special Foundations, Dams, and participation on Independent Boards of Experts to assess  the safety of  Dams and Tunnels in construction and operation in Argentina and South America.
Author of 140 papers published in local and international technical events on Geotechnical Engineering, Engineering Geology , Tunneling and Dams.

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Shani Wallis

Shani
Wallis
United Kingdom

Shani Wallis

United Kingdom

Participating once again as the Media Chair Judge, Shani is a professional journalist and has been reporting on projects and developments in the tunnelling and underground space industry for many years.

After studying newspaper journalism in the USA, she began her career in the underground construction industry in 1982 and has visited many of the most influential and important projects of the period worldwide including undersea road and rail links; hydro, metro and water management projects; and the development of modern TBMs, drill and blast techniques and NATM/SCL/SEM excavation methods through the years.

Shani is Owner and Publisher of the web magazine TunnelTalk and was ITA Awards Media Chair Judge in 2015 and 2018.

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