Published On: 11/24/2015

Underground tunneling professionals gather in New York

Fox Conference showcases innovative solutions to complex challenges

Registration is now open for the George A. Fox Underground Tunneling Conference. The meeting will be held at the Graduate Center, City University of New York, NY, January 27, 2015. Hosted by the Underground Construction Association of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration Inc. (UCA of SME), this one-day event is the premier opportunity for peer-to-peer knowledge sharing among experienced tunnelers, engineers, designers and management executives at senior levels, as well as the
future leaders of the industry.

“The annual George Fox Conference, like George Fox himself, demonstrates a commitment to developing and advancing the underground industry,” stated Lonnie Jacobs, Project Manager for Frontier Kemper Constructors and 2015 George A. Fox Conference Chair. “The audience expertise, industry respected presenters and networking at this apropos below grade venue is second to none. This year’s theme – ‘Past-Present-Future’ – will examine some of the amazing capabilities and forethought of our predecessors, projects we are currently capable of undertaking and close-out with innovative ideas for future underground space utilization and technological advances.”

During a career spanning more than 50 years, George A. Fox played leading roles in the planning, design and management of 70 major public works projects valued in excess of $61 billion. While millions of New York City’s residents have benefited from his projects, few have ever seen Mr. Fox’s work, which mainly consists of elaborate underground tunneling. In recognition of his accomplishments, the UCA of SME holds this annual conference to help today’s industry professionals learn from their peers about the challenges and the strategies for tunneling in populated areas.

Due to the popularity of this event and limited seating, onsite registration will not be available. For more information and to register for the George A. Fox Conference, visit

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