In addition to the expert presentations, the program of excursions in British Columbia is an attraction in its own right and includes such destination as Grouse Mountain.
Photo: Destination Vancouver/Grouse Mountain


Top speakers for the OITAF Ropeway Congress 2024

For the 12th International Conference on Transportation by Rope to be held on June 17 - 21 in Vancouver, Canada, the International Ropeway Organization has prepared a varied and highly interesting program with noted experts in research and practice.

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The main event organized by OITAF – the global organization that brings together all persons, institutions, authorities, manufacturers and operators with an interest in ropeways – is celebrating a comeback after the last congress in Bolzano (ITA) held in 2017 and a one-year postponement caused by the Corona pandemic: The 12th OITAF Congress is scheduled for June 17 to 21, 2024, with the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Vancouver, Canada as the venue. The overall topics of the congress, which is being held under the motto Ropeways – Smart Transport Solutions, are “Ropeway developments in urban and tourist areas”, “Ropeway Operation”, “Ropeway technology – new developments” and “Dimensions of sustainability”. Presentations will be given in English or French, with simultaneous translation into the other language plus German and Spanish.

The social program is in itself a big attraction and includes excursions to the four-season destinations Grouse Mountain and Whistler Mountain/Blackcomb. There is also an attractive program for accompanying persons with an excursion to Granville Island and a day trip to Victoria including a visit to Butchart Gardens.

The registration link is here:

AGENDA OITAF Ropeway Congress 2024

Ropeways – Smart Transport Solutions
June 17 – 21, 2024, Vancouver (CAN)

Monday, June 17, 2024

10:00 am – 1:00 pm       
Come together in downtown Vancouver – city tour

5:00 pm – 10:00 pm        
Registration of participants

7:00 pm – 10:00 pm         
Welcome buffet 

Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Session 1 – Ropeway developments in urban and tourist areas

9:00 am    
Jörg Schröttner (President OITAF)

9:15 am    

9:30 am    
The transport capacity of a cable car system in public transportation
Klaus Erharter (Technical Director Leitner AG), Paul Abed (Director of Mexitelefericos S.A. de C.V.)

10:00 am    
Burnaby Mountain Gondola/Vancouver: making the rapid transit connection
Holly Foxcroft (Lead Planner TransLink)

10:20 am    
Toulouse’s cable car: focus on best practice 2 years after commissioning 
Patrick Vial (Project Director of Teleo; now Project Manager of the future third metro line in Toulouse), Fabien Abinal (CEO of the consulting organization ERIC)

10:40 am    

11:00 am    
Coffee break

11:25 am    
Brest, the 1st urban ropeway in France            
Victor Antonio (Mobilities Director)

11:45 am    
Transit planning in a context of inequality: the case of Mexico City’s Cablebús Network – 10 million people each day
Andrés Lajous (Mobility Secretary, CDMX)

12:10 pm

12:30 pm
Lunch break

Session 2 – Ropeway operation

2:00 pm    
Get the best out of your ropes 
Sven Winter (CEO ROTEC GmbH, President OITAF Study Committee II)

2:20 pm
Digital customer trainings: know-how anywhere and anytime   
Philip Oberdorfer (Digital Services Customer Support Doppelmayr Seilbahnen GmbH)

2:40 pm    
Operations and maintenance (O&M): a successful long-term approach in managing clients’ assets
Javier Rosales (Operation and Maintenance Manager Doha, Qatar Doppelmayr Cable Car GmbH)

3:00 pm
Opportunities and dangers of digitalization  
Marco Zgraggen (CEO Sisag)

3:20 pm

3:40 pm
Coffee break

4:00 pm
Operation and maintenance of a multi-brand cable car 
Diego Scofano (Technical Director Grupo Iter – Rio de Janeiro)

4:20 pm    
LIFE ropeway, the innovative approach to increase the sustainability of ropeways and their operation throughout their entire lifecycle 
Michael Fauche (New Market & Strategy Director Poma)

4:40 pm
Great place to work talent journey
Benny Pregenzer (CEO Fisser Bergbahnen GmbH)

5:00 pm
Ropeways – a leader in safe accessible transportation 
John Kamb (Ropeway Engineer, US Forest Service)

5:20 pm
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 (Ropeways Manager, Metro de Medellín)

5:40 pm
E-mobility at the +1 level in public transport
Dominik Berndt (CEO and initiator Cable Car World GmbH)

5:50 pm

6:10 pm

7:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Wednesday, June 19

Session 3 – Ropeway technology, new developments

9:00 am    
Proposal for a tool to help verify the safety level of monocable aerial ropeways 
Gaetan Rioult (Chief Engineer; Head of Department for Ropeway Installations STRMTG France; President OITAF Study Committee I)

9:25 am    
Autonomous mobility with ropeways – the next generation of modern transportation 
Michael Mathis (Head of Technical Division Doppelmayr Seilbahnen GmbH), Martin Oberhammer (CEO Silvretta Montafon Holding GmbH)

9:55 am    
Weather challenges in ropeway operations & maintenance 
Tom Scully (Risk Control Consultant; President OITAF-NACS)

10:15 am    

10:35 am    
Coffee break

11:00 am    
Fire risk under ropeways: a new approach to fly-over difficulties 
Thibault Chatelus (Ropeway Engineer at STRMTG/French supervisory authority)

11:20 am    
The intermodal transport system ConnX 
Günther Tschinkel (Head of electrical department Leitner AG)

11:45 am 
Cybersafety in the sky: unveiling the crucial link between ropeway safety and cybersecurity 
Giorgio Pizzi (Italian Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport – Director of Ropeways, Local Railways and Digitization of Local Public Transport)

12:10 pm    

12:30 pm    
Lunch break

Session 4 – Dimensions of sustainability 

2:00 pm    
The transformation of the funicular system since 1888: the Peak Tram 
Samuel Lee (Director of Engineering Peak Tramways Company Limited, Hong Kong)

2:15 pm    
Adaptation strategies of ropeway companies in Switzerland due to climate change 
Berno Stoffel (Director Swiss Cable Car Association), Benedicta Aregger (Vice Direktor Swiss Cable Car Association)

2:35 pm    
Development and optimization of snowmaking systems for better resource management 
Franco Torretta (Technical Director Monterosa ski resort in Italy; President of the Italian National Association of Ropeway Technicians A.N.I.T.I.F.)

2:55 pm    
Empirical data on technical snowmaking: greener and more sustainable than assumed
Günther Aigner (CEO Zukunft Skisport)

3:15 pm    
Energy storage system for ropeways 
Stefan Gassmann (Head of Sales Frey AG)

3:30 pm    
Coffee break

3:55 pm    
Tourist sites and the environment 
Gunther Suette (President OITAF Study Committee VII)

4:15 pm    
New strategy for ski resorts: public transport as the future essential service
Sophia Oberjakober (CEO Mobilitätskonsortium), Andreas Dorfmann (President Mobilitätskonsortium; CEO Kronplatz Group)

4:35 pm    
The new generation of bicable ropeways, the economic link between monocable and 3S 
Dominic Bosio (Leitner AG)

4:55 pm    

5:15 pm    
Organizational issues for the program of visits

5:25 pm    
Presentation of Grouse Mountain Resort 

5:50 pm    
Closing words

6:00 pm    

8:00 – 12:00 pm        
Gala dinner

Social Program

Thursday, June 20

9:30 am – 10:45 am
Bus transfer to the Grouse Mountain cable car station

10:45 am – 12:30 pm    
Visits to Grouse Mountain

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

1:30 pm – 2:15 pm
Return journey by ropeway and bus

2:15 pm – 4:15 pm    
Capilano Suspension Bridge 
(optional: direct bus to the Hyatt Hotel Vancouver)

16:15 – 17:15 Uhr
Bus transfer to the Hotel

Friday, June 21

8:00 am – 10:15 am
Bus to Whistler Mountain/Blackcomb

10:15 am – 12:30 pm    
Blackcomb, cable car ride, crossing Peak 2 Peak

12:30 pm – 13:15 pm     
Presentation of 4-season operation of Whistler Mountain at the Roundhouse Lodge

1:15 pm – 2:15 pm
Lunch at the Roundhouse Lodge

2:15 pm – 3:00 pm
Return by ropeway

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Bus transfer to Squamish
(optional direct bus to the Hyatt Hotel Vancouver, arrival approx. 5:00 pm)

4:00 – 6:00 pm    
Sea to Sky Gondola

6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Bus transfer to the Hyatt Hotel Vancouver

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