Published On: 11/24/2015

2015 World Tunnel Congress to be held in Croatia

Media is invited to participate 

The Underground Construction Association of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration Inc. (UCA of SME) is pleased to convey an invitation from the International Tunnelling and Underground Space Association (ITAAITES) to join other members of the media at the 2015 World Tunnel Congress and General Assembly (WTC).

The WTC conference will be held in Dubrovnik, Croatia, May 22-28, 2015. Organized in conjunction with the Croatian Association for Tunnels and Underground Structures (ITA Croatia), the theme of the event is “Promoting Tunnelling in South-East Europe Region” and will focus on development of underground infrastructure in the region in the future. In 2013, Croatia became the 28th member of the EU. South-East Europe is the EU region with the most expectations and plans in developing infrastructure in the next two decades in Europe.

Dubrovnik is one of the most beautiful tourism centers in SouthEast Europe and home of many unique infrastructure projects that will be under construction in 2015. This picturesque city will provide an excellent technical and social setting for the World Tunnel Congress. Excursions are also planned for visits to exotic islands and enchanting local towns.

The organizing committee is inviting the media to join the event by offering two free registrations and other full service amenities. Interested parties should contact the organizing committee via emaill . For more information about the 2015 WTC in Croatia, please visit

The UCA of SME will be providing registration and meeting services for the 2016 World Tunnel Congress, April 22-28, 2016, in San Francisco, California.

The mission of the UCA is to promote the responsible development and use of underground space and facilities. The UCA is dedicated to provide the best professional products available to the industry through Tunneling & Underground Construction (T&UC) magazine, the George A. Fox Conference, the North American Tunneling Conference and the North American Tunnel Demand Forecast.

The Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration Inc. (SME) is a professional society (nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation) whose more than 15,000 membership represents all professionals serving the minerals industry in more than 100 countries. SME members include engineers, geologists, metallurgists, educators, students and researchers. SME advances the worldwide mining and underground construction community through information exchange and professional development. SME's staff is located in Englewood, Colorado.

For more information contact John Hayden, Deputy Executive Director - Public Affairs and Government Relations, at (303) 948-4250 or