Important Dates

The Organising Committee of the WTC 2020 cordially invites you to submit abstract(s) of not more than 200 words for the Congress.


Important Dates

  • Call for papers : 01 January 2018
  • Latest submission of abstracts : 30 June 2019
  • Acceptance of abstracts :30 June 2019
  • Submission of papers : 30 September 2019
  • Acceptance of papers : 30 November 2019
  • Notification to speakers : 15 January 2020


The Congress language shall be English.

Authors of selected papers will be invited to submit upgraded versions of their papers for publication as full journal papers in Geotechnical Engineering Journal of the SEAGS & AGSSEA (which is an EI, ESCI and Scopus indexed journal).

Session Topics

Growing numbers of underground innovations claimed to hold the key to unlock the door to a ‘smarter urban connectivity’. More often than not, these innovations were being embedded into highly complex underground projects that aim to minimise environmental hazards, to save energy, to increase the functional diversity of the urban structure, to reduce the need of local transportation, to make services more easily accessible to residents, and to protect the urban landscape as well as culture for sustainable urban development.

This Congress aims at providing a forum for practising professionals – engineers, consultants, contractors, technologists, researchers, academicians, manufacturers and suppliers to share their experiences, research, studies and views so as to contribute to the advancement of Innovation and Sustainable Underground Serving Global Connectivity. A wide range of high quality scientific and technical papers of international or regional significance on tunnelling and underground space development is expected on, but not limited to, the following topics.

  1. Innovation in tunnels and tunnelling technology
  2. Innovation in rock support and water proofing technology
  3. Sustainable and strategic use of underground space
  4. Environment sustainability in underground construction
  5. Urban dewatering and flood control with underground tunnels
  6. Planning, design and construction of tunnels and underground structures
  7. Risk, health and safety, contractual practices and project management of underground construction
  8. Instrumentation and monitoring in underground construction
  9. Conventional tunnelling, sprayed concrete use, drill and blast excavation
  10. Mechanised tunnelling and excavation (hard rock, soft rock and soil)
  11. Site investigation and ground characterisation
  12. Geological and geotechnical aspects in underground construction
  13. Stability assessment and ground stabilisation in underground construction
  14. Operation, repair and maintenance of tunnels and underground structures
  15. Design and installation of mechanical and electrical systems for underground structures
  16. Information modelling in tunnelling and underground space development
  17. Projects and case histories
  18. Others (e.g. economics of tunnels and use of underground space, life cycle asset management, etc.)


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