The UK’s biennial Underground Construction 2003, international conference and exhibition, will be held at ExCeL in London’s Docklands on 24-25 September 2003, it was announced last month.

Proposals for presentations are invited, which will cover three themes: tunnelling; pipe-jacking and microtunnelling, and no-dig technology; and subsurface engineering.

‘Tunnelling’ involves developments in safety, technology, and cost effectiveness in the planning, design, construction, maintenance and refurbishment of all types of tunnels, plus interesting case histories.

‘Pipe-jacking and microtunnelling, and no-dig technology’ covers innovative developments and case histories in the fields of pipe-jacking, box-jacking, thrust boring, microtunnelling and directional drilling.

‘Subsurface engineering’ discusses practical developments and case histories in the fields of piling, diaphragm walling, ground improvement and other forms of deep foundations.

The programme of technical sessions will include the following topics: design and construction; geotechnical topics; environmental aspects; machines and methods; health and safety agents; rehabilitation and refurbishment; supply chain management; contract procurement; risk assessment and management; and monitoring and testing.

Interested parties should submit abstracts (of no more than 300 words), by 30 November 2002, to Ali James, Brintex, 32 Vauxhall Bridge Road, London, SW1V 2SS. Or email to

Underground Construction 2003 is organised on behalf of the Institute of Minerals, Minerals and Mining, and the British Tunnelling Society. It is supported by the Pipe Jacking Association, the Engin-eering Group of the Geotechnical Society, the British Drilling Assoc-iation, the British Geotechnical Association, and the UKSTT.