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Survey calls for views on tunnelling code

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The International Tunnelling Insurance Group (ITIG), a collaboration of insurers and tunnellers, is calling for views on whether the Tunnelling Code of Practice (TCoP) needs updating.

The international code aims to promote best practice and risk management and was originally set up in 2006. The premise was to give insurers confidence to insure major tunnelling projects, which had wavered following a number of tunnel collapses in the early 1990s.

Consultant Bill Grose, who is a former chair of the British Tunnelling Society and helped set up the code, said: “Whilst the TCoP is widely considered to be successful, members of ITIG are embarking on a consultation to gauge its effectiveness in today’s world and whether it is time to update it.

“Whilst ITIG don’t want to change the fundamental belief of the importance of the management of risk, they want to understand the way the TCoP is working in different countries and cultures, look at the way it works alongside other standards on health & safety, environmental controls and national legislation, and how technological advances have affected risk control processes.”

The survey will shortly be on the British Tunnelling Society website. Pictured is construction of Scottish Water’s Shieldhall Tunnel.

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