Published On: 11/24/2015

Rapid Excavation and Tunneling Conference Proceedings Now Available

From June 23 through June 26, industry leaders and practitioners from around the world gathered in Washington, D.C. for the Rapid Excavation and Tunneling Conference (RETC) - the authoritative program for the tunneling profession, to learn about the most recent advances and breakthroughs in this unique field. The 2013 RETC Proceedings from this conference are now available in a book edited by Michael A. DiPonio and Chris Dixon.

“This comprehensive book includes more than 100 papers from industry experts, highlighting their most recent projects and sharing real-world experiences that will keep you up-to-date on the latest tunneling trends and technologies,” said SME Executive Director David L. Kanagy. “The book will be useful for engineers, designers, geologists, contractors, and others who want to learn how their colleagues are addressing the challenges of the profession.”

This book digs deep into every aspect of the business, presenting practical, no-nonsense information about demanding and high-profile projects. From caverns and large spans, contracting practices, tunnel linings, and design and planning to geotechnical considerations and instrumentation, ground stabilization, equipment applications, and risk management, this proceedings has the cutting-edge and innovative information you should have to meet the needs of the ever-important tunneling field.

As with past conferences, a significant number of the papers are by international authors, providing insight into projects and practices from around the globe. A fully searchable CD containing the entire proceedings is also included. Printed books can be ordered from the proceedings is also available as an eBook from

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