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The OITAF Ropeway Congress 2024 to be held in Canada

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From 17 to 21 June 2024, the OITAF Ropeway Congress 2024 entitled ‘Ropeways – Smart Transport Solutions’ will be held in Vancouver, Canada. The event takes place every six years and brings together ropeway operators. Many topics central to the industry will be covered, including the development of ropeways in urban and tourist areas, the operation of ropeways, new developments in ropeway technology, and the central theme of sustainability. Registration is now open

The conference language is English or French, with simultaneous translation into the other language as well as German and Spanish.

There will also be two days of visits to the year-round destinations Grouse Mountain and Whistler Mountain/Blackcomb. In addition, there is an attractive support programme for accompanying persons: Vancouver Island Tour and Grande Ville Island Tour.

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All activities take place or start at the Hyatt Hotel in Vancouver.

To register, please visit the congress website https://oitaf2024.com/

The full programme

Conference Session 1                                                                                        TUESDAY JUNE 18TH 2024

Development of ropeways in the urban and tourist sector

 

Title Autor Role Linguage
9:00 Opening Jörg Schröttner
(A)
OITAF President E
9:15 Greetings

 

 
9:30 The transport capacity of a cable car system in public transportation  Klaus Erharter

(I)


Paul Abed

(MEX)

 

Klaus Erharter (I), Technical Director Leitner
Paul Abed (MEX) Director of Mexitelefericos S.A. de C.V.
E
10:00 Burnaby Mountain Gondola: Making the Rapid Transit Connection

 

Holly Foxcroft (CAN) Lead Planner, TransLink E
10:20 Toulouse’s cable car: focus on best practise 2 years after commissioning

 

Patrick Vial
(F)
Project director of Teleo – now project manager of thé future third métro Line in Toulouse F
10:40 Discussion

 

 
11:00 Coffee break

 

 
11:25 BREST, the 1st urban ropeway in France

           

 

Victor Antonio
(F)
Mobilities director

 

F
11:45 Transit planning in a context of inequality: The Case of Mexico City’s Cablebús Network – 10 million people each day. 

 

Andrés Lajous

(MEX)

Mobility Secretary, CDMX

 

E
12:10 Discussion

 

 
12:30 Lunch break

 

 
Session 

Operation of ropeways

14:00 Get the best out of your ropes

 

Sven Winter
(D)
CEO ROTEC GmbH President OITAF Study committee II E
14:20 Digital customer trainings: know-how anywhere and anytime 

 

Philip Oberdorfer
(A)
Digital Services Customer Support Doppelmayr Seilbahnen GmbH E
14:40 Operations and Maintenance (O&M): A successful long-term approach in managing Client’s assets

 

Javier Rosales
 (VEN)
Operation and Maintenance Manager (Doha, Qatar) Doppelmayr Cable Car GmbH E
15:00 Opportunities and threats of digitalisation 

 

Marco Zgraggen
(CH)
CEO Sisag E
15:20 Discussion

 

 
15:40 Coffee break

 

 
16:00 Operation and Maintenance of a multi-brand cable car

 

Diego Scofano
(BRA)
Technical Director Grupo Iter – Rio de Janeiro E
16:20 LIFE Ropeway, the Innovative approach to increase the sustainability of Ropeways and their Operation throughout their entire lifecycle

 

Michael Fauche
(F)
New Market & Strategy Director Poma E
16:40 Great Place to work Talent Journey  Benny Pregenzer
(A)
CEO Fisser Bergbahnen GmbH E
17:00 Ropeways – A Leader in Safe Accessible Transportation

 

John Kamb
(USA)
Ropeway Engineer, US Forest Service

 

E
17:20 Metrocable Line K – Keys to keeping the first urban cable car in operation after 20 years, 135,000 hours and 260 million passengers mobilized

 

Jorge Alberto

Ramos Lopez
(CO)

Ropeways Manager, Metro de Medellín

 

 

 

E
17:40 E-mobility at the +1 level in public transport

 

Dominik Berndt (D) CEO and Initiator di Cable Car World E
17:50 Discussion

 

 
18:10 Conclusion

 

 

 

Session 3                                                              WEDNESDAY JUNE 19TH 2024

Ropeway technology, new developments

 

9:00 Proposal for a tool to help verify the safety level of monocable aerial ropeways

 

Gaëtan Rioult
(F)
Head of Department for Ropeway Installations STRMTG France,
President OITAF Study Committee I
F
9:25 Autonomous mobility with ropeways – the next generation of modern transportation

 

Michael Mathis (A)

Martin Oberhammer (A)

 Head of technical division, Doppelmayr Seilbahnen GmbH

CEO Silvretta Montafon Holding GmbH

E
9:55 Weather Challenges in Ropeway Operations & Maintenance

 

Tom Scully
(USA)
Risk Control Consultant, President OITAF-NACS E
10:15 Discussion

 

 
10:35 Coffee break

 

 
11:00 Fire risk under ropeways – a new approach to fly over difficulties Thibault Chatelus
(F)
Ropeway engineer in STRMTG (french control authority) F
11:20 The intermodal transport system ConnX 

 

Günther Tschinkel
(I)
Head of electrotechnical technical department Leitner ropeways E
11:45 Cybersafety in the Sky: Unveiling the Crucial Link Between Ropeways Safety and Cybersecurity

 

Giorgio Pizzi
(I)
Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport – Italy – Director of Ropeways, local railways and digitization of local public transport Division E
12:10 Discussion

 

 
12:30 Lunch break

 

 

 

Session 4 

Dimensions of sustainability

14:00 The transformation of funicular system since 1888 – The Peak Tram

 

Samuel Lee
(HK)
Director of Engineering Peak Tramways Company Limited / Hong Kong E
14:15 Adaptation strategies of ropeway companies in Switzerland due to climate change 

 

Berno Stoffel

(CH)

 

Benedicta Aregger

(CH)

Director Swiss Cable Car Association

 

 

 Vice Director Swiss Cable Car Association

E
14:35 Development and optimization of snow making systems for better resource management  Franco Torretta
(I)
Technical director Monterosa skiresort (Italy); President of the Italian National Association of Ropeway Technicians (A.N.I.T.I.F.) E
14:55 Empirical data on technical snowmaking: Greener and more Sustainable than assumed Günther Aigner
(A)
CEO „Zukunft Skisport

 

E
15:15 Energy Storage System for Ropeways 

 

Stefan Gassmann

(CH)

 

Head of Sales
Frey AG
E
15:30 Coffee break

 

 
15:55 Touristic Sites and Environment 

 

Gunther Suette
(A)
 President OITAF Study committee VII E
16:15 New strategy for ski resorts: public transport as the future essential service 

 

Sophia Oberjakober(I)

Andreas Dorfmann(I)

CEO Mobilitätskonsortium

President Mobilitätskonsortium, CEO Kronplatz Group

E
16:35 The new generation of bicable ropeway, the economic link between monocable and 3S

 

Dominic Bosio
(F)
Leitner ropeways SpA E
16:55 Discussion

 

 
17:15 Organisational issues for the side visits

 

  E
17:25 Presentation of Grouse Mountain Resort

 

Speaker
(CAN)
Grouse Mountain E
17:50 Closing Words

 

  E
18:00 End

 

 
20:00– 24:00 Gala Dinner

 

 

 

 

Escursion                                                                      Thursday June 20th 2024

 

Escursion                                                                    Friday June 21st  2024

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