TRAINING AND EVALUATION OF ROAD TUNNEL OPERATORS
Teaching and training of road tunnel operators “how” to operate road or highway tunnel before its existence is according to European legislation fully in the competence of tunnel safety officer and tunnel administrator. Slovak method is in contrast to other EU countries different because of the possibility to use a unique device “Tunnel Traffic & Operation Simulator (Simulator). This Simulator is used for teaching of new tunnel operators and for training of existing tunnel operators with annual periodicity from 2013. The possibilities to simulate various emergency events, that don’t often occur in real tunnels, are never-enough-to-be-regretted. Different results from the event test of problem-solving are very interested but not unexpected. Many times it depends on the operator’s experience and daily practice which is dependent on the type of road tunnel they control (one tube or twin tube) and the traffic volume (high or low). Mentioned vocational training has got its own so-called “small” accreditation. The main objective is to increase road tunnel safety through the regular retraining and training. Gradual implementation of this device into the educational process, methodology of teaching and evaluation of participants will be described in detail in the paper.