Organising Chairman WTC 2020

Dear Colleagues and Friends,

The Institution of Engineers, Malaysia (IEM) warmly welcomes you to the ITA-AITES World Tunnel Congress (WTC) 2020 and 46th General Assembly in Malaysia which will be held from 15th - 21st May 2020 at the prominent Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre (KLCC).

With the theme “Innovation and Sustainable Underground Serving Global Connectivity”, WTC 2020 will indeed be the world’s leading tunnelling event that will explore the latest innovations, trends and advances in all areas of tunnelling, i.e. from tunnel project development to both design and construction, as well as to tunnel service life cycle strategies, in a sustainable manner.

WTC 2020 will feature multiple technical paper presentations, along with tunnelling training courses, poster presentations, the ITA-AITES General Assembly, technical visits to ongoing tunnelling projects in Malaysia, and interesting exhibitions and shows by companies from all over the world presenting their latest tunnelling solutions, innovations and technologies. Along with plenteous opportunities for networking, delegates will have many occasions to learn and share new and exciting developments, and socialise with colleagues and leading experts from all over the world and at the same time conclude successful commercial deals.

We invite you to experience our warm Malaysian hospitality and enjoy the multitude of entertainment, cultural, culinary and leisure activities offered in one of the world’s most vibrant and value for money shopping destination. You can always find the most updated information on www.wtc2020.my.

We look forward to welcoming you to Kuala Lumpur.

Best Wishes & Regards,

Ir. Dr Teik Aun Ooi
Organising Chairman, WTC 2020


IEM President

The Institution of Engineers, Malaysia (IEM) has a clear goal in sight and that is to be an excellent and exceptional host of the World Tunnel Congress (WTC) and General Assembly of the International Tunnelling and Underground Space Association (ITA) in 2020.

WTC2020 will gather together a technical programme of leading international speakers, a delegation of highlevel officials from various government authorities, private companies and other registered delegates from the engineering and construction industry, an exhibition of international service providers, and a vibrant group of young engineering undergraduates.

WTC2020 will also provide a learning platform for up-and-coming engineers. I am therefore particularly pleased to note that IEM has continued to support students, rising stars and graduates through discounted registration prices. We hope to continue to invest in the training and development of our young engineers, and to recognise that their attendance to an event such as this is an important part of their knowledge cache.

Despite the age of austerity in which we now live, governments throughout the world are still investing heavily in infrastructure, of which tunnels are an important component. With this demand comes the responsibility to undertake our designs and installations to a sufficient degree of skill and care. Our ultimate aim is that the knowledge we gain from WTC2020 and the interaction between the participants can help us improve our skills and enable us to deliver services and products with the requisite standard of care.

Warmest Regards,

Ir. David Lai Kong Phooi
The Institution of Engineers, Malaysia