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June 25, 2015

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Washington Updates
Last Call for World Tunnel Congress Abstracts

Tunneling and underground specialists from around the world are preparing to attend the 2016 World Tunnel Congress in San Francisco, April 22-28, 2016. The WTC Program/Scientific Committee has issued a last call for papers. Abstracts related to the conference theme “Uniting an Industry” as well as other innovative topics of interest to the tunnels and underground space community, should be submitted for consideration by June 30, 2015.

To submit an abstract for review, please go to

2016 World Tunnel Congress
Featured events & webinars
Cutting Edge Conference:
Urban Tunneling
Sept. 21-23, 2015
Grand Hyatt Denver
Denver, CO
Webinar: Acceptable, Achievable, Sustainable?
Assessing Post-Closure Goals at Legacy Mine Sites

Thursday, July 2, 2015, 2:00 pm MT
Walter Weinig, Senior Hydrologist, Montgomery & Associates Inc.
30th Florida SME & Dryer Conference
Registration is Now Open!
October 7-8, 2015
Lakeland Center
Lakeland, FL
Webinar: Key Strategies for Operation and Closure of Refuse Piles, Coal Ash and Tailings Ponds
Thursday, July 23, 2015, 2:00 pm MT
Ryan Sweetwood, Environmental Scientist, Burns & McDonnell
Visit the SME website for more news on meetings and webinars.
An Invitation To SME Members
The SME Valuation Standards Committee is asking for input from the SME membership on the draft “SME Standards and Guidelines for Valuation of Mineral Properties” (Valuation Standards). Please review the document and provide any comments or suggestions to by July 13, 2015.
New from the SME Bookstore
Plant Auditing:

Plant Auditing
Hoist & Haul Proceedings:

Hoist & Haul 2015 Proceedings
BPI Summit Call for Papers
The 7th International Mining Industry Summit on Business Process Improvement (BPI) will be held December 3-4, 2015 at the JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort, Tucson, AZ. The Executive Committee has issued a call for papers. Abstracts related to process improvement should be submitted by September 1, 2015.

To submit an abstract for review, please go to
Business Process Improvement Summit
Join Alan Alda in Washington
Former host of “Scientific American Frontiers” Alan Alda will present a talk on science communication on July 15, at the National Academies of Sciences, Washington, D.C. Co-sponsored by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, and the National Science Foundation, the program examines why it is important for scientists to communicate effectively with the public. For information, click here.
Big Bertha’s Face Lift Begins
According to Seattle Tunnel Partners (STP), construction on the newly redesigned seal system for the SR 99 tunneling machine on the Alaskan Way Viaduct Project in Seattle, WA, has begun. Crews lowered the new outer seal ring into place the first week of June, marking the first new piece to be installed in the machine as part of STP’s effort to resume tunneling. The new inner seal system arrived last week and is currently being installed. The issue began late last year, when the tunnel project’s monitoring system detected settlement in the vicinity of the 120-foot-deep pit built to access and repair the tunneling machine.
Washington Updates & Noteworthy News
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