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The North American Tunneling Conference (NAT) is the premier biennial tunneling event for North America, bringing together the brightest, most resourceful and innovative minds in the tunneling and underground construction industry.

Authors Overview



The committee will consider all abstracts covering any/all aspects of the tunneling industry including, but not limited to, the following topics:

  • Tunnel Boring Machines
  • Ground Conditioning & Modification
  • Equipment Automation
  • Conventional Tunneling
  • Caverns
  • Small Diameter Tunneling
  • Shaft Construction
  • Emerging Technologies
  • Risk Management
  • Lining Design Advances
  • Fire & Life Safety
  • Vulnerability & Security
  • Rehabilitation
  • Cost Estimating & Scheduling
  • Design & Planning
  • Contracting & Payment
  • Alternative Delivery Methods
  • Financing, Insurance & Bonding
  • Third Party Liability
  • Labor Management & Training
  • Case Histories
  • Future Projects


Dates & Deadlines

Please read the following information carefully and mark your calendar with important dates and deadlines.Prospective authors are asked to submit a 100 word abstract. For detailed guidelines for submitting a successful abstract, please visit Abstract Submission. Submitters will be notified in September of 2019 of acceptance or otherwise.


Communication from UCA of SME

Please set your spam filter to accept messages from “”, "NAT" and “SME”. SMEweb is the address of the server that sends messages from the program committee to you via our online submission and review database, so do not reply to it. Please contact SME Authors Support at if you do not receive a submission confirmation email or notifications from the program committee by the deadline dates below.


Presenting Author Registration, Funding, and Visa Application

Registration opens March 2020. Presenting authors are required to register and pay fees. You are responsible for arranging your own funding; SME does not have funds available to pay registration or travel expenses. You are encouraged to begin planning for funding and visa arrangements now, as these processes can sometimes take several months. Visa and letter of invitation information can be found in the Attendee FAQs.


The Preliminary Program

The preliminary program and registration materials are posted online. Registration opens in October.


A Note About Deadlines

Deadlines will be strictly enforced in order to ensure efficient, fair, and professional management. NO exceptions will be made. Please mark your calendar with important conference dates and plan so that your activities take place well before deadlines to avoid unforeseen or unavoidable delays in your schedule, to avoid technical overloads or human error caused by last minute "traffic jams," and to give SME and Program Committee members time to help you if needed.


Key Dates

  • June 30, 2019 - Abstracts for consideration are due
  • September 30, 2019 - Authors notified of acceptance
  • October 31, 2019 - Draft Manuscripts Due for Review
  • December 2, 2019 - Comments returned to Authors
  • December 23, 2019 - Final Manuscripts Due


Ready to Submit Your Abstract Online?

Abstract submission is due on or before June 30, 2019.

View Abstract Submission Criteria


Questions about Abstract Submission?

For more information, please contact
SME Authors Support
12999 E. Adam Aircraft Circle
Englewood, CO 80112
T: 303.948.4200