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Arnold Dix: The Mastermind Behind Uttarkashi Tunnel Rescue

Arnold Dix, serving as the President of the International Tunnelling and Underground Space Association in Geneva.

Edited By : Saurav Gupta | Updated: Nov 28, 2023 22:13 IST
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Uttarkashi Tunnel Rescue
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Arnold Dix, an acclaimed international tunnelling expert, has become a crucial figure in the intensive operation to rescue 41 workers trapped inside Uttarkashi’s Silkyara tunnel since November 12. Heading the International Tunnelling and Underground Space Association in Geneva, Dix is renowned for his expertise in navigating the legal, environmental, political, and ethical landscapes of underground construction.

Recently, Dix expressed optimism as reports suggested that the rescue efforts were approaching a successful conclusion, with rat-hole mining experts making significant progress in clearing the last few meters of rubble.

Addressing reporters earlier today, the Australian expert conveyed humility in the face of the mountain’s challenges. “The mountain has taught us to remain humble,” Dix remarked, sharing his sentiments about the ongoing rescue operation.

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WHO IS ARNOLD DIX?

Arnold Dix, serving as the President of the International Tunnelling and Underground Space Association in Geneva, boasts a diverse skill set encompassing geology, engineering, law, and other multifaceted roles.

A Monash University alumnus with degrees in Science and Law, Dix is described on his website as an ‘accomplished lawyer’ with a sharp focus on the uncertainty of the future and the insights gained from hindsight.

With a career spanning over three decades, Dix has championed various roles centered around underground safety. His profile on LinkedIn highlights his voluntary work at the Qatar Red Crescent Society from 2016 to 2109, focusing on developing responses to underground incidents.

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In 2020, Dix collaborated with Lord Robert Mair Peter Vickery QC to establish Underground Works Chambers, aiming to offer technical and regulatory solutions for intricate challenges in underground spaces, showcasing his commitment to resolving complex and crucial issues in this field.

First published on: Nov 28, 2023 07:40 PM IST

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