The one-day George A. Fox Conference, hosted by the Underground Construction Association of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration Inc. (UCA of SME), was held Jan. 26 at the Graduate Center of City University of New York.
The event began in 2000 as a regional conference with Fox serving as keynote speaker. It has grown to become a popular destination for tunneling professionals who are in New York attending The Moles Dinner.
The 2016 conference theme was “New Tunneling Technologies.” Industry experts presented innovative and progressive ideas used in the design and construction of underground structures and tunnels. Sessions included fire protection, P3, risk management, case histories and new FHWA tunnel inspection requirements. Randy Essex, Hatch Mott MacDonald, presented the keynote address. Lonnie Jacobs, Frontier-Kemper, served as conference chair.
During a career spanning more than 50 years, George A. Fox played leading roles in the planning, design and management of major public works projects valued in excess of $61 billion. While millions of New York City’s residents benefit from his projects, few have ever seen Fox’s work, which chiefly 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.