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Networking Functions

Meet new acquaintances and reconnect with old friends by attending conference functions. Find networking luncheons and social receptions that help you make meaningful, lasting connections.


Women in Tunneling Breakfast

Monday, June 12 | 7:00 am - 8:30 am | $25

Join the Women in Tunneling group for an exciting opportunity to network with like-minded professionals and female leaders in the underground construction industry. The breakfast will offer a platform to network and engage with the diverse female talent in the industry, as well as promoting opportunities for mentorship and professional development.

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Welcome Luncheon*

Monday, June 12 | Noon - 1:30 pm | $65

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Exhibit Hall Opening Reception

Monday, June 12 | 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Kick off the conference with drinks and hors-d’oeuvres for the grand opening of the exhibit hall. With more than 180 exhibitors, this reception is a great time to explore the new products and integrative solutions offered by our exhibitors.

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UCA Young Member Networking Event

Monday, June 12 | 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm | Dillon's 955 Boylston St. Boston, MA 02115

Join UCA Young Members, friends and colleagues, old and new at Dillon’s and enjoy local flavors, good conversation, and catching up. This event is for those looking to meet industry professionals building careers in the underground construction industry.

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UCA of SME Breakfast*

Tuesday, June 13 | 7:00 am - 8:30 am | $45

Join us for a networking event that includes updates in UCA recent scholarships and ITA.


Luncheon in Exhibit Hall

Tuesday, June 13 | 11:30 am – 1:00 pm

Take some time to eat and connect with our exhibitors as lunch is served on the exhibit hall floor before the technical program begins at 1:30 pm.


Exhibit Hall Hosted Reception

Tuesday, June 13 | 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Another great opportunity to explore the new products and integrative solutions offered by more than 180 exhibitors.

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Down for That – Informational Session

Wednesday, June 14 | 10:30 am

Helping the tunneling industry attract and retain the next generation of tunneling talent. Chair Everett Litton will share exciting updates related to ongoing university and professor outreach efforts aimed at broad and robust engagement with students, including updates related to tunnel tour success stories along with ambitions to attract and retain the best and brightest talent from universities, technical schools, and high schools from across the United States. Down for That is UCA’s initiative aimed at student engagement through a variety of resources and opportunities available for students to learn and get involved in the underground construction profession. Learn how you can help get involved and help support this exciting initiative.


*Event requires additional ticket for entry. Multiple tickets for each event may be purchased.



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What Attendees Say

Over four decades of conferences, RETC provides both the experienced tunneling professional and the individual just starting in the business the opportunity to stay connected while integrating new ideas and innovations into contracting, design, and construction.

Bill Mariucci
Team Leader, Kiewit infrastructure Co.
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