Fireside Chat with Thomas Gut

Presented by ICCPM & QUT

Date: 21 August 2023
Time: 17:30 – 19:30
(Networking & light refreshments until 19:45)
Venue: QUT Executive Education Centre
Level 1, 2 King Street, Deakin ACT 2600

Delivered by ICCPM in conjunction with our Academic Partner – and host – QUT Graduate School of Business, we are excited to present Mr Thomas Gut, Head of Lifecycle Management for SBB, for a unique opportunity for members and invited guests to discuss one of the most complex railway infrastructures in the world, Gotthard Base Tunnel.

The Gotthard Base Tunnel is the world’s longest and deepest tunnel which operates as the primary corridor for an average of 195 freight and passenger trains per day, connecting northern and southern Europe. At 57km long and running up to 2.3km below the surface of the Swiss Alps, it was completed in 2016 after 17 years of construction and a cost of €11bn. As the largest infrastructure project in Switzerland, it is the jewel in the crown of SBB’s New Rail through the Alps (NRLA).

The NRLA is one of the key elements in Europe to shift freight from road to rail, and is an essential contribution to Switzerland’s climate targets. Not only did the construction projects triumph over major engineering challenges, but it’s ongoing maintenance now presents a new range of challenges that will need to be addressed for the next 100 years.

About Thomas Gut

Thomas is the Head of Lifecycle Management and Maintenance for the Gotthard Line, managed by the Swiss Federal Railways SBB Ltd. Before joining SSB in 2014, Thomas gathered international experience in Ecuador, Qatar, Mexico and Belgium in a range of consulting and government positions. These positions, combined with his board appointments, were excellent preparation for engaging with a diverse range of stakeholders in his current role.

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