UCA Strategic Plan

The Underground Construction Association has been a division of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration (SME) since 2006.

The UCA Executive Committee sets the policies and direction for the division, and is supported by SME staff.

The Executive Committee met to develop a strategic plan for UCA, outlining the major goals and objectives. This document presents the strategic plan for review by the members of UCA.

Where We Are Today
UCA  has an active membership of approximately 1,100, including registered members, professionals, and students. There are currently two student chapters. Membership has been growing consistently since 2006. The vision of the UCA is stated as: Underground space improves the quality of life. UCA currently provides the following services:

  • Hosting two to three conferences per year, in various cities with ongoing underground projects.

  • Acting as the accredited U.S. delegate to the International Tunnelling and Underground Space Association (ITA).

  • Promoting the use of underground space to public agencies and private organizations within the U.S.

  • Publishing technical books on various technical aspects of underground construction.

  • Publishing Tunneling and Underground Construction, a quarterly magazine directed at the practitioners in the underground construction industry.

  • Presenting awards for:

    • Lifetime Achievement

    • Outstanding Individual

    • Outstanding Educator

    • Project of the Year

  • Encouraging students to consider underground construction as a career choice


UCA Strategic Plan for the next three to five years:

The mission of the UCA is to promote the responsible development and use of underground space and facilities.

UCA will accomplish this mission by developing goals to address the following key areas:

  • Promote the underground industry

  • Educate the appropriate communities

  • Represent technical activities

  • Support the professionals involved in underground construction


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