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Date 28 October 2024
- 29 October 2024
Location Katse, Lesotho
Resources SANCOT Symposium Announcement-2024 09022024.pdf


Advances in Tunnelling– A portal to the future and sharing the Lesotho Experience

With the continued pace of urbanisation, economic and population growth, the availability of space for necessary infrastructure in the urban environment is becoming a major challenge. This is occurring in conjunction with climate change and a focus on reducing impact on the environment. These are the key factors driving the necessity and relevance of tunnelling, as tunnels are increasingly seen as a means to provide sustainable, safe and reliable provision of transport, electricity, gas, water, sewage facilities and extraction of raw materials.
Whilst the public and private sectors come to terms with the high capital expenditure required for tunnel construction, we live in an age of continued technological development and the application of these technologies presents an opportunity to better and more cost-effectively design, construct, and monitor tunnels. Furthermore, it is imperative that tunnelling consultants and contractors keep up to date with rapidly changing tunnelling technologies in order to remain viable in a competitive industry.