Prof Emilio Bilotta graduated cum laude as Civil Engineer at the University of Napoli Federico II and he got his PhD degree in Geotechnical Engineering from the University of Roma La Sapienza. He is currently Associate Professor at the Department of Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering of the University of Napoli Federico II, where he holds courses of Fundamentals of geotechnical engineering for undergraduates and of Tunnels and underground structures and Underground constructions for postgraduates. His main research interests concern tunnelling in urban areas, tunnels under seismic actions, ground improvement for seismic mitigation.
He is Italian delegate of the Technical Committees TC 104 (Physical Modelling) and TC 219 (System Performance of Geotechnical Structures) of the International Society of Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Engineering (ISSMGE); member of the Italian Geotechnical Association (AGI) and of the Italian Tunnelling Society (SIG); member of the editorial board of the journal Rivista Italiana di Geotecnica and of the scientific committee of the journal Gallerie e grandi opere sotterranee; associate editor of Frontiers in Built Environment. He is also co-founder of the academic spin-off and start-up Smart-G - innovative solutions in ground improvement and geotechnical engineering.
Mr. Renato Casale is currently CEO at EnginSoft SpA, based in Trento (Italy), and President of the Editorial Board at SIG (Italian Tunneling Association) of "Handbook on Design and Construction of Tunnels ". Prior to this he was Senior Advisor at SWS Group, based in Trento (Italy), President of the Organizing Committee of WTC 2019 at SIG (Italian Tunneling Association) and Senior Engineer at Rocksoil (worldwide known design company in the underground infrastructures). Prior to this was Vice President and Chief of Rail Research Department at Ducati Energia S.p.A., based in Bologna (Italy) from June 2014 to June 2017 and, from May 2016 to May 2017, CEO at Telefin s.p.a., railway telecommunication company, owned by Ducatienergia Group. Prior to this, Mr. Casale worked as an Executive with Ferrovie Dello Stato Italiane Group from 1979 until April 2014. Mr. Casale was Director of special projects at Ferrovie Dello Stato Italiane SpA from October 2013 until April 2014. Prior to this, Mr. Casale was CEO of Italferr SpA, company of Ferrovie Dello Stato Italiane Group, from May 2007 until September 2013. Italferr, the engineering Company of Italian State Railways Group (Gruppo Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane), is a market leader in the field of multi-disciplinary services and comprehensive designs in the railways. Prior to this, Mr. Casale was Chief Investment Officer of Rete Ferroviara Italiana (RFI) from April 2000 until April 2007, which is the company of the Ferrovie dello Stato Group with the public role of Infrastructure Manager. Previously, he was Designer, Site Engineer and Project Manager at Ferrovie Dello Stato Italiane, from October 1989 until March 2000.
Claudio Giulio di Prisco, graduated at Politecnico di Milano, he developed his doctoral thesis under the supervision of Prof. Roberto Nova at Politecnico di Torino. He collaborated with Prof. Ioannis Vardoulakis and prof. Elias Aifantis. He is Full Professor of Geotechnics and Slope Stability at Politecnico di Milano since 2005 and from 2015, at the same University, Director of the Master on Tunnel Engineering. He was Director of the international associations Alert Geomaterials. He is author of more than 70 scientific papers om International journals and of many book chapters, mainly concerning the constitutive modelling of the mechanical behavior of granular materials, instabilities in geomaterials (localization and liquefaction) and the design of shallow foundations, reinforcement of tunnel faces, piled embankments, geo-reinforced sand columns etc.
Salvatore Miliziano, PhD, is Professor in Advanced Soil Mechanics, Director of 2nd Level Master in Geotechnical Design and Member of Teaching College of PhD Course in Structural and Geotechnical Engineering of Sapienza, University of Rome. His research activities span from theoretical studies to practical applications. He is author of more than 100 scientific papers published in national and international Journals and conference proceedings. Salvatore is scientific head of several Research Projects at Sapienza University involving, among others, several tunnelling projects worldwide. He is founder and shareholder of the engineering company Geotechnical Design Group. He is also founder and president of Geotechnical and Environmental Engineering Group (GEEG), an innovative startup of Sapienza. GEEG was set up with the aim of sharing the results of years of applied research in mechanized tunnelling field with all stakeholders. Salvatore developed advanced multidisciplinary knowledge in his 30 years career as civil and geotechnical engineer in the design and construction of engineering project in Italy and worldwide. Referring to tunnelling, he is an expert in the design of tunnels (both mechanized and conventional). He is member of the Scientific Board of the Italian Tunnelling Society and Editor of Tunnels and Large Underground Works Journal.
Prof. Daniele Peila graduated cum laude as Mining Engineer in 1987, at Politecnico di Torino where, after a period as field engineer in construction firms, he become before research assistant and then professor. He presently is Full Professor at Politecnico di Torino teaching “Tunnelling” and “Reinforcements of soil and rock”. He is Director of the Post-graduate Master Course on “Tunnelling and Tunnel Boring Machines” and chair of the laboratory “Tunnelling and Underground Space”.
He has been vice-president of International Tunnelling and Underground Space Association and, presently, acts as vice-president Italian Tunnelling Association and member of many editorial of international journals.
His fields of specialization are: tunnelling (conventional and mechanized), mining and rock-fall protection. In these fields he acted as person in charge of many research projects and is author of more than 250 papers published on both international journals and congress proceedings. Furthermore, he is often called upon to give worldwide lectures and seminars for events organized by international Universities as well as by cultural associations and to act as key note speaker.
Andrea Pigorini is an experienced mining engineer that has been working for more than 30 years in design and construction of important infrastructural project in Italy and abroad, with a specific deep experience in tunneling and underground works.
He formerly worked in construction companies and he completed his professional background, working for a leading geotechnical engineering company, where he was in charge as designer and project manager of several road, railway and metro tunneling projects.
He has been working at Italferr since 2002 and he has been the responsible for Tunneling Design Department from 2002 to 2015 and since 2015 he is the responsible for the Civil Infrastructural Engineering Department. He was also involved from 2011 to 2017 in the construction of the Brenner Base tunnel, as project manager in charge of the supervision of the works of 2 construction lots.
Since 2013, he is the President of the Italian Tunnelling Society, a scientific association sharing technical and scientific knowledge in engineering, design and construction of tunnels and underground works.
He carried out several training sessions on tunnelling and he has been author of several papers on tunnel design and construction aspects, published in technical journals and international/national congress proceedings.
Enrico Maria Pizzarotti, graduated at Politecnico di Milano in 1983, has over 35 years of experience in planning and consultancy of large underground and geotechnical works, including both conventional and mechanized tunnels, underground caverns and stations, also in urban area, among which is the Brenner Base Tunnel (Italian side). He is Chairman of the BoD, Legal Representative and Technical Director of the engineering company Pro Iter S.r.l. based in Milan and a member of the ExCom and SG of SIG, of which he is the animator of the Working Group 2 – Research. He has been speaker in numerous seminars and conferences and is the author of numerous articles and technical publications.