About Us

About Us

The Underground Construction Association of SME (UCA of SME) would like to welcome you to the 2016 World Tunnel Congress (ITA-AITES WTC 2016), to be held in San Francisco, California.


The International Tunneling and Underground Space Association (ITA) is the leading international organization promoting the use of tunnels and underground space through knowledge sharing and application of technology. ITA represents all aspects of tunnel and underground space planning, design and construction. Since its formation in 1974, ITA has encouraged the use of the subsurface and has promoted advances in planning, design, construction, maintenance and safety of tunnels and underground space. Currently, over 70 Member Nations and hundreds of Corporate and Individual Affiliate Members are members of ITA.

Each year, ITA holds its General Assembly meeting and, at the same time, holds the World Tunnel Congress (WTC) in a different Member Nation around the world. WTC is the foremost international conference on tunneling and underground space where participants gather and share information to improve their industry. In 2016, the WTC will be held in San Francisco hosted by the Underground Construction Association (UCA).


About UCA

The UCA Division of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration (UCA of SME) is dedicated to provide the best professional products available to the industry through T&UC (Tunneling & Underground Construction) magazine, the George A. Fox Conference, the North American Tunneling conference, and the North American Tunnel Demand Forecast. Additionally, members will have complete access to all SME products, services and events including the RETC, Mining Engineering magazine, SME short courses and topical conferences, more than 100 other publications and proceedings, web and career services, and much more. The SME and UCA members provide critical industry and technical knowledge as well as premier educational and professional development opportunities for industry practitioners across the globe.