In order to improve the flow of daily traffic between Duran and Guayaquil, Ecuador’s economic capital, and offer an alternative solution for crossing the estuary, the local authorities have opted for ropeway transportation.
Ecuador’s first urban gondola lift links Duran and Guayaquil, providing fast, smooth travel throughout the transport network for 40,000 passengers a day.


Official language of the congress is English, with simultaneous interpretation in German and French. Some French speeches will be interpreted simultaneously in the other languages.

Program of the international congress for ropeways 2024

  • Development of ropeways in urban and tourist areas
  • Operation of ropeways
  • Ropeway technology, new developments
  • Dimensions of sustainability
  • Attractive framework program


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OITAF Congress Program




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Monday 17th June 2024
10.00 – 1.00 pm

Come together in Downtown Vancouver – City tour

5.00 – 10.00 pm

Registration of the participants

7.00 – 10.00 pm

Welcome Buffet

Tuesday June 18th 2024
09.00 – 12.30 am


Development of ropeways in the urban and tourist sector

9.00 am

Opening // EN
Mr. Jörg Schröttner (A), President OITAF

9.15 am


9.30 am

The transport capacity of a cable car system in public transportation // EN
Klaus Erharter (I), Technical Director Leitner
Paul Abed (MEX) Director of Mexitelefericos S.A. de C.V.

10.00 am

Burnaby Mountain Gondola: Making the Rapid Transit Connection // EN
Holly Foxcroft (CAN), Lead Planner, TransLink

10.20 am

Toulouse’s cable car: focus on best practise 2 years after commissioning // FR
VIAL Patrick (F), Project director of Teleo – now project manager of thé future third métro Line in Toulouse

10.40 am


11.00 am

Coffee break

11.25 am

BREST, the 1st urban ropeway in France // FR
Victor Antonio (F), 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. // EN
Andrés Lajous (MEX), Mobility Secretary, CDMX

12.10 am


12.30 am

Lunch break

2.00 – 6.00 pm


Operation of ropeways

2.00 pm

Get the best out of your ropes // EN
Sven Winter (D), CEO ROTEC GmbH President OITAF Study committee II

2.20 pm

Digital customer trainings: know-how anywhere and anytime // EN
Philip Oberdorfer (A), MSc/Digital Services Customer Support Doppelmayr Seilbahnen GmbH

2.40 pm

Operations and Maintenance (O&M): A successful long-term approach in managing Client’s assets // EN
Franziska Junginger (A), Operations Services Manager Doppelmayr Cable Car GmbH

3.00 pm

Opportunities and threats of digitalisation // EN
Marco Zgraggen (CH), CEO Sisag

3.20 pm


3.40 pm

Coffee break

4.00 pm

Operation and Maintenance of a multi-brand cable car // EN
Diego Scofano (BRA), 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 // EN
Michael Fauche (F), New Market & Strategy Director Poma

4.40 pm

Great Place to work Talent Journey // EN
Benny Pregenzer (A), CEO Fisser Bergbahnen GmbH

5.00 pm

Ropeways – A Leader in Safe Accessible Transportation // EN
John Kamb (USA), 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 // EN
Jorge Alberto, Ropeways Manager

Ramos Lopez (COL), Metro de Medellín

5.40 pm

E-mobility at the +1 level in public transport // EN

Dominik Berndt (D), CEO and Initiator Cable Car World Ltd.

5.50 pm


6.10 pm


7.30 - 10.30 pm


Wednesday June 19th 2024
9.00 - 12.30 am


Ropeway technology, new developments

9.00 am

Proposal for a tool to help verify the safety level of monocable aerial ropeways // FR
Gaetan Rioult (F), 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 // EN
Michael Mathis (A),  Head of technical division, Doppelmayr Seilbahnen GmbH

Martin Oberhammer (A), CEO Silvretta Montafon Holding GmbH

9.55 am

Weather Challenges in Ropeway Operations & Maintenance // EN
Tom Scully (USA), 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 // FR
Thibault Chatelus (F), Ropeway engineer in STRMTG (french control authority)

11.20 am

The intermodal transport system ConnX // EN
Günther Tschinkel (I), Head of electrotechnical technical department Leitner ropeways

11.45 am

Safe planning, installation and operation of urban Ropeways // EN
Georg Schober (D), Head of the Transportation and Ropeway Department TÜV Süd

11.45 am

Cybersafety in the Sky: Unveiling the Crucial Link Between Ropeways Safety and Cybersecurity lecture not held // EN
Giorgio Pizzi (I), Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport – Italy – Director of Ropeways, local railways and digitization of local public transport Division 

12.10 am


12.30 am

Lunch break

2.00 – 6.00 pm


Dimensions of sustainability

2.00 pm

The transformation of funicular system since 1888 – The Peak Tram // EN
Samuel Lee (HK), Director of Engineering Peak Tramways Company Limited / Hong Kong

2.15 pm

Adaptation strategies of ropeway companies in Switzerland due to climate change // EN
Berno Stoffel (CH), Director Swiss Cable Car Association
Benedicta Aregger, Vice Director Swiss Cable Car Association

2.35 pm

Development and optimization of snow making systems for better resource management // EN
Franco Torretta (I), Technical director Monterosa skiresort (Italy); President of the Italian National Association of Ropeway Technicians (A.N.I.T.I.F.)

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2.55 pm

Empirical data on technical snowmaking: Greener and more Sustainable than assumed // EN
Günther Aigner (A), CEO “Zukunft Skisport”

3.15 pm

Energy Storage System for Ropeways // EN
Stefan Gassmann (CH), (Head of Sales) Frey AG

3.30 pm

Coffee break

3.55 pm

Touristic Sites and Environment // EN
Gunther Suette (A), President OITAF Study committee VII

4.15 pm

New strategy for ski resorts: public transport as the future essential service // EN
Sophia Oberjakober (I), CEO Mobilitätskonsortium

Andreas Dorfmann (I), President Mobilitätskonsortium, CEO Kronplatz Group

4.35 pm

The new generation of bicable ropeway, the economic link between monocable and 3S // EN
Dominic Bosio (F), Leitner ropeways

4.55 pm


5.15 pm

Organisational issues for the side visits // EN

5.25 pm

Presentation of Grouse Mountain Resort // EN
Michael Cameron (CAN), President, Grouse Mountain

5.50 pm

Closing Words // EN

6.00 pm


8.00 - 12.00 pm

Gala Dinner

Thursday June 20th 2024

9.30 am Bus transfer to the Grouse Mountain cable car station,
10.45 am Visits of the 4 season operation destination Grouse Mountain

12.30 am Lunch
1.30 pm Return journey by ropeway and bus
2.15 pm Capilano Suspension Bridge (optional direct bus to the Hyatt Hotel Vancouver)
4.15 – 5.15 pm Bus transfer to the Hyatt Hotel Vancouver

Friday June 21st  2024

8.00 am Bus to Whistler Mountain/Blackcomb
10.15 am Blackcomb, cable car ride, crossing Peak 2 Peak
12.30 am Presentation 4 Season Operation of Whistler Mountain at the Roundhouse Lodge
1.15 pm Lunch at the Roundhouse Lodge
2.15 pm Return by ropeway
3.00 pm bus transfer to Squamish (optional direct bus to the Hyatt Hotel Vancouver, arrival approx. 5.00 pm),
4.00 pm hrs ropeway Sea to Sky
6.00 – 7.00 pm Bus transfer to the Hyatt Hotel Vancouver

Note: all activities take place or start from the Hyatt Hotel Vancouver


Tuesday June 18th  2024 

7.00 am – 7.00 pm Vancouver Island Tour


Day Trip to Victoria – to pay extra €175 (Vancouver Island tour)
An island city that blends old-world charm with modern experiences
Join us for an unforgettable Victoria and Butchart Gardens Tour, from Vancouver, and discover the best of BC’s natural beauty and cultural heritage. On this full-day adventure, you will board a BC Ferry and cruise across the Georgia Strait, where you will have a chance to spot seals and whales in their natural habitat. You will then visit the amazing Butchart Gardens, a National Historic Site of Canada, and marvel at the colourful and fragrant displays of flowers that change with the seasons. You will also explore the charming city of Victoria and see its historic landmarks, such as the Parliament Buildings and the Fairmont Empress Hotel.

Adorned with flowers and colonial architecture, Victoria is a wanderer’s paradise. Admire the beauty of the ocean and reflect on the area’s history as you explore this vibrant city where students and politicians alike get around by bike.

With a nod to its English heritage, British Columbia’s capital is filled with gardens and seafront parks, stately hotels and museums, bohemian eateries, and craft brewers. It is also the gateway to southern Vancouver Island, a destination for food and wine touring, whale watching, and ocean adventures of all kinds.

After a satisfying day, we will return back on the ferry soaking up the views from the deck.

Wednesday June 19th  2024 

09.00 – 12.00 am Granville Island Tour


Granville Island Visit
The bustling isle just across the Burrard Inlet from Downtown Vancouver is the second-most visited attraction in all of Canada, following just behind the iconic Niagara Falls. And as a centre of culture and local fare in the city, Granville Island offers mouthwatering fine foods and produce from dozens of independent farmers and artisans, as well as several galleries showing off dazzling works from local artists.

Guests will explore the famous Market and other attractions and enjoy lunch on their own.

Included with the tour is an Aqua bus crossing to Granville Island.

Thursday and Friday see visits above