About Us

About Us

The Underground Construction Association of SME (UCA of SME) would like to welcome you to the George Fox Conference, to be held in New York City, New York.

About UCA

The UCA Division of the Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration (UCA of SME) is dedicated to provide the best professional products available to the industry through T&UC (Tunneling & Underground Construction) magazine, the George A. Fox Conference, the North American Tunneling conference, and the North American Tunnel Demand Forecast. Additionally, members will have complete access to all SME products, services and events including the RETC, Mining Engineering magazine, SME short courses and topical conferences, more than 100 other publications and proceedings, web and career services, and much more. The SME and UCA members provide critical industry and technical knowledge as well as premier educational and professional development opportunities for industry practitioners across the globe.


About George A. Fox

George A. Fox was an engineer who was a leading figure in one of New York City's most ambitious public-works projects -- the construction of the Third Water Tunnel.

Mr. Fox, the retired chairman of the Grow Tunneling Corporation of Manhattan, was a civil engineer who devoted his career to the design and management of major construction projects, including roads, bridges and tunnels. His largest, undertaken by his company in the mid-1970's, was the construction of a 60-mile water tunnel hundreds of feet beneath the city.

''The education of the public on all of the needs of the city is deficient,'' Mr. Fox told The New York Times in 1996, three years after his company completed the first phase of the project, a 13.5-mile tunnel stretching from the Hillview Reservoir in Yonkers through the Bronx, Manhattan and under the East River to Queens. Other sections will run to other parts of Manhattan, Queens and the Bronx and to the Kensico Reservoir in Westchester County. The tunnel, a monumental undertaking sometimes described as the largest public works project in the nation, is not expected to be completed until 2020.

''We have to feel we're on the edge of the cliff before we wake up to it,'' Mr. Fox said in the 1996 interview, reflecting on the need for huge public works projects like the Third Water Tunnel, which is intended to protect the city from breakdowns in its two existing, time-worn tunnels, completed in 1917 and 1937.

Learn more about George A. Fox.