I was honoured to deliver a presentation to a multidisciplinary audience coming from Road Operators, Fire brigade, Police and Paramedics. The summit was organised by the Ioannina Fire Service Dept. and EGANTIA ODOS S.A. The summit was followed by a very successful drill that I had the opportunity to attend.
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The presentation I delivered was about the findigs of the research conducted in SIMOR/NTUA and published recently in the Tunnelling and Underground Space Technology Journal (vol. 63 (2017) 244–251 - title "Exploring driving habits and safety critical behavioural intentions among road tunnel users: A questionnaire survey in Greece").
Notable was the visit to the brand new (and amazing!) control room for monitoring Ioannina district tunnels. Job well done from EGNATIA ODOS personnel.
Summit programme (in Greek)
Drill announcement (in Greek)
Presentation / Article Abstract:
With a view to enhance the safety of the road transport system, it is crucial to focus primarily on its key elements, one of which is tunnels. The signiﬁcance of tunnels is based on an endogenous problem, which is the severity of accidents that may occur. Several studies and aftermaths from disastrous accidents have shown that correct users’ behaviour may smooth the adverse outcomes of a potential accident. Therefore, information campaigns are requested to be conducted. Before designing such a campaign, it is vital to have explored users’ current state of knowledge on the issue. This paper presents an internet-mediated questionnaire survey conducted in Greece aiming to explore road tunnel users’ awareness and to identify potential knowledge gaps that should be managed for the upcoming information campaigns. The results revealed that users have several misconceptions concerning the recommended behaviour both in normal and critical situations. Taking into account that users consist in the cornerstone of tunnel safety parameters, it is important to note that even a little improvement on their performance may greatly beneﬁt the overall safety of the system. Hence, aspects highlighted in this paper could be taken into consideration by the upcoming information campaigns on the issue.