MPW and NTN enjoys an extensive cooperation highlighted last February by the workshop on Underground Space Utilization jointly organized in Bandung, Indonesia. As a continuation of this, the two institutions joined forces with the Norwegian Embassy to facilitate a one-week visit to Norway in June. The objective for the Indonesian representatives was to learn and experience Norwegian capabilities in utilizing underground space to facilitate infrastructure. Through various site visits, lectures and discussions with rail and road authorities, institutions and private companies the Indonesian delegation was given a comprehensive overview of the planning, construction and operation of such facilities.
The National Public Road Administration gave an overview of classifications and specifications for tunnels before the delegation was taken to a guided tour of the Traffic Control Center in Oslo. A visit to the laboratories of The Norwegian Geotechnical institute provided curious Indonesians with information on Norway’s research and investigation capabilities. Norwegian company Multiconsult presented the use of 3D modeling as a coordination tool for the different underground disciplines in light of their different projects in Norway. Norwegian National Rail Administration gave insight into a single tunnel and double track railway project in Oslo and Oslo Water and Sewerage Works (VAV) explained how the treatment of sewerage takes place in plant facilities located underground in rock caverns.
The successful visit has given MPW and NTN, in cooperation with the Norwegian Embassy and Innovation Norway in Jakarta, impetus to further develop the exchange of knowledge and opportunities. According to Mr. Knut Fossum, CEO of KF-gruppen and General Manager at Sulawesi Mini Hydropower in Indonesia, MPW and NTN is planning an underground seminar in the end of November 2012 in Jakarta.