Training Courses

Training courses (TC) will give the attendees professional development opportunities by teaching the state-of-the-art in courses. TCs cover a large range of topics and are carried out parallel and concurrent to the ST sessions, as part of the ISSW 2018 afternoon.

There are long and short TCs, with a duration of one or two blocks of 75 minutes each with a half-hour coffee break in between.
Training Courses are limited in the number of participants. Therefore, every participant may only register for one TC. Course registration is obligatory and takes place within the normal registration process (first comes, first serves). TCs language is English and no professional translation services are provided.

 

Nr.

Training Course

Day

Date

Time

Location

TC1

Avalanche simulation – practical approach

Monday

10/8/2018

13:30 - 16:30

Hall Brüssel

TC2

Construction planning in avalanche prone terrain

Monday

10/8/2018

13:30 - 16:30

Hall Strassburg

TC3

Snow risk management for roads, railways and infrastructure

Tuesday

10/9/2018

13:30 - 16:30

Hall Brüssel

TC4

Snow making and snow management in ski resorts

Tuesday

10/9/2018

13:30 - 14:45

Hall Strassburg

TC5

Weather to snowpack stability

Thursday

10/11/2018

13:30 - 16:30

Hall Brüssel

TC6

Mountain weather

Thursday

10/11/2018

13:30 - 16:30

Hall Strassburg

TC7

Decision making on-site

Friday

10/12/2018

13:30 - 16:30

Hall Brüssel

TC8

Medical aspects of avalanche burial

Friday

10/12/2018

13:30 - 16:30

Hall Strassburg

  

Avalanche simulation – practical approach
Numerical simulations of avalanches are a useful tool to estimate process magnitudes and potential damages.
This training course strives to enhance the user’s knowledge of current procedures and methods for employing avalanche simulations.
It focuses on the application of avalanche models and the interpretation of results with regard to expert’s reports and hazard mapping.
Benefits as well as the limits for practical utilization of avalanche models are shown.

Construction planning in avalanche prone terrain
This course gives a summary of historically grown and state of the art techniques to integrate mitigation measures for construction
planning in avalanche prone terrain. The participants will be introduced to tools that shed light on how safety and construction
guidelines can be combined with an appealing architecture. Technical planning and design are elaborated using different examples.

 Snow risk management for roads, railways and infrastructure
This training course presents approaches to assess snow and avalanche related hazards, endangering transport infrastructure.
An essential part are risk management guidelines for road and railways required by infrastructure providers on a local and regional Level.
The use of different decision support tools and mitigation measures are also discussed.

Snow making and snow management in ski Resorts
The production and management of technical snow has become increasingly important to the ski industry worldwide.
This training course focuses on state-of-the-art techniques to produce and manage technical snow. Different techniques are discussed
regarding their application on a large-scale and arising problems are addressed with respect to snow quality and hydrologic balance.
(main course language is German).

Weather to snowpack stability
Snow, once on the ground, is subject to snow metamorphism and changes its characteristics dependent on the prevailing atmospheric conditions.
Since temperature, wind, radiation and other meteorological parameters directly influence the evolution of slabs and weak layers within the snowpack,
they have a direct impact on avalanche hazard. This training course aims to increase the attendees’ understanding of different weather patterns
affecting the snowpack and altering its properties.

Mountain weather
Weather determines the formation and development of the seasonal snowpack and significantly influences avalanche danger.
The precise prediction of snowfall events is therefore crucial for estimating local avalanche hazard. This training course focuses on the meteorological
evolution of snowstorms in mountainous regions and mountain weather forecasting based on numerical weather models.

Decision making on-site
Decision making in avalanche terrain is not only based on physical factors of avalanches but also on the human dimension of the decision making process.
Up-to-date decision making aids in avalanche terrain follow therefore a holistic approach. In this training course two decision making tools are presented:
W3 with a holistic and competence orientated approach and SOCIAL with a more specific focus on group dynamic processes.
The use of such tools and possible future improvements are discussed.

Medical aspects of avalanche burial
This training course includes basic concepts, discussion of case reports and a round table talk supported by an interactive using a televoting system.
New findings on the medical aspects of avalanche burials with special attention to first responder's CPR, survival curve and rescue devices will be discussed.

 

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