RETC is the only conference with a dedicated focus on the developments, technology, trends, and innovations that directly affect the tunneling and underground construction industry. Featuring a wide variety of technical sessions and speakers combined with our expansive exhibit hall, RETC will be a professional event you will truly enjoy and remember.
The Rapid Excavation and Tunneling Conference (RETC) is sponsored by the Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration (SME). Held every two years, RETC is the renowned international forum for the exchange and dissemination of developments and advances in underground construction. The RETC advances the engineering and scientific knowledge of rapid underground excavation and tunneling through interdisciplinary meetings, publications, technical-educational exhibitions and encouragement of research. It also provides innovative solutions to the unique engineering challenges associated with the tunneling industry.
Educational Technical Sessions
RETC offers a variety of technical sessions focusing on top-of-mind industry issues, trends and innovations. Technical session speakers are leading innovators in their fields and offer a wealth of insight into latest developments and applications of tunneling knowledge and technology.
Expansive Exhibit Hall
Get Ready! Get a firsthand look at new products, comprehensive services and integrated solutions offered by our exhibitors. Our show floor provides you with the opportunity to meet more industry vendors than any other industry conference.
SME offers a comprehensive range of industry publications covering a wide variety of current and trending industry topics. From recommended practices to design build, our bookstore is sure to have what you are looking for to expand your knowledge base and gain actionable insight. Don't have time to visit our store on-site? Visit our Bookstore online and see all of our available publications.
At RETC, tunneling and underground construction professionals just like you mix and mingle with some of the leading educators, innovators and experts in the tunneling and underground construction industry today. Expand your professional network and make new, lasting impressions at a variety of engaging networking events.