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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.

Networking Functions


Meet new acquaintances and reconnect with old friends by attending an NAT Conference networking function. Find sponsored coffee breaks, networking luncheons and social receptions that help you make meaningful, lasting connections.


NAT Luncheon & Speaker

Monday, June 8, 2020 | Noon - 1:30 PM | Ticketed Event

Kick off the NAT Conference at the Welcoming Luncheon. Join colleagues and industry professionals for lunch and a captivating talk by Cosema E. (Connie) Crawford, Senior Vice President for Rail/Transit Global Practice Leader at Louis Berger U.S., Inc.


The Northeast Corridor Superconducting Maglev Project

The Northeast Corridor Superconducting Maglev Project (SCMAGLEV) entails construction of a high-speed train system between Washington, D.C. and New York City, with the first leg between Washington and Baltimore, MD. The system operates using an electromagnetic levitation system developed and deployed in Japan that achieves an operating speed of 500 km/h. SCMAGLEV is an innovative project that will shorten travel times between Washington D.C. and Baltimore to 15 minutes, and connect to New York City in under an hour. In 2019, the design is being advanced to an engineering level sufficient to support an Environmental Impact Statement. A preliminary geotechnical investigation campaign was also underway. This presentation provides an update on the project and discusses construction of the predominantly soft ground TBM driven tunnels.

Speaker: Cosema E. (Connie) Crawford, Senior Vice President Rail/Transit Global Practice Leader, Louis Berger U.S., Inc., A WSP Company

Connie Crawford has over 35 years of public and private sector experience in the management, design and construction of major transportation programs. She served as Chief Engineer for MTA New York City Transit, where she was responsible for a $2.25 billion annual capital program for subway and bus infrastructure. Previously, as Chief Engineer for the New York City Department of Transportation, she managed planning, design, construction and maintenance of the City’s bridges and tunnels. Ms. Crawford serves as the chief engineer for the Northeast Corridor Maglev Train project that proposes to provide one hour service at 311mph between New York City and Washington, DC. She managed major transit projects in the Middle East, including project director for over $2 billion of construction on the Doha Metro system, and project coordinator for a 100km metro system in Madinah, Saudi Arabia. She currently oversees the Santa Ana Streetcar Project in California for the Federal Transit Administration. Ms. Crawford holds a master and bachelor degree in engineering from Princeton University, where she also taught a course on bridge engineering. She is a licensed professional engineer and is involved in numerous professional organizations, including the Transportation Diversity Council, FIRST Robotics and the Moles.


Women in Tunneling Reception

Sunday, June 7, 2020 | 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM | More details to be come – stay tuned

Sponsored by McMillen Jacobs Associates and BabEng


UCA Young Members Networking Event

Monday, June 8, 2020 | 8:00 PM - 10:30 PM | Exciting details being announced soon.

Connect with other young professionals during this UCA Young Members Networking event - open to those 35 and under. No ticket necessary; must be a registered attendee of NAT.

Sponsored by SAK Construction and Lane Construction Corporation


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