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Abstract Submissions

The deadline to submit an abstract is June 30, 2024.

Abstract submission is OPEN!

Submitters are notified of acceptance in September, 2024.

The program committee is expecting many abstracts. It is, therefore, important to convey the most important points of your proposed paper within your abstract. Below we have provided the abstract review criteria to help you in determining what to include in your 100-word abstract. We welcome abstracts related to the topics below as well as other provocative, innovative topics of interest to the tunneling and underground construction profession including:


  • Contract Practices – Making a successful Project
  • Design – Pushing the Industry Envelope
  • Successful Alternative Contract Delivery
  • Overcoming Difficult Ground
  • Drill and Blast – Faster, Better, Cheaper
  • Environment, Health and Safety – Lessons Learned
  • Planning for Future Projects
  • Geotechnical Considerations for Managing Ground Risks
  • Ground Control, Face Support and Monitoring – Achieving Stability Above and Below Ground
  • Ground Support and Final Lining – Advances in Technology and Concepts
  • New Methods and Technology for Grouting and Ground Modification
  • Advances and achievements with Hard Rock TBMs
  • Landmark International Projects
  • Large Span Tunnels and Caverns – State of the Art Applications
  • Microtunneling and Trenchless Tunneling – Pushing the Envelope
  • New and Innovative Technologies and Concepts
  • Pressure Face TBM Case Histories on Significant Project Challenges
  • Pressure Face TBM Technology – Latest and Future Advances
  • Project Planning – Essential Elements and Major Underground considerations
  • Risk Mitigation – Successful Application
  • SEM/NATM – Unique Application and New Approaches
  • Shafts – Challenges in a Built Environment
  • Mining – Effective use of Tunneling Technology and Concepts for Mining Applications
  • Tunnel Rehabilitation – Technologies and Concepts
  • Tunneling for Sustainability – Cost-Effective Solutions

Evaluation Criteria

  1. Do the subjects conveyed in the abstract add value to the mining and minerals industry?
  2. Does the abstract convey aspects that are new, novel and/or unique?
  3. Is the abstract written with correct English grammar and sentence structure?
  4. Does the subject matter align with the conference theme or propose an interesting topic or project?

Suggested Abstract Criteria

  • Does the title of the abstract reflect the subject described in the abstract?
  • Does the subject of the abstract match one of the themes stated as topics?
  • Is the theme of the abstract relevant and interesting to the mining and minerals industry in general?
  • Is the quality of the English language acceptable for publication?

Check Your Submission for Accuracy

Please check to ensure that all of your contact information, the title of your presentation and your summary are complete and correct, as they will be printed as you have submitted them. In particular, please ensure that your presentation title and abstract are not truncated due to character and word limits.

It is your responsibility to make the changes online or to send questions about submissions to SME before the deadline of June 30, 2024, so that we can still help you make the changes or input the submission on time.

Author Requirements

  • Accepted abstracts MUST present at the meeting.
  • All presenters must register and pay conference fees.


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