Mines establishes first student chapter of Underground Construction Association
GOLDEN, Colo., March 4, 2010 – The first student chapter of the Underground Construction Association of the Society of Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration (UCA of SME) has been established at Colorado School of Mines.
The new chapter will focus on attracting students interested in the underground industry to an organization exposed to companies and individuals involved in the design and construction aspects of underground construction.
The chapter will spotlight underground excavation for civil construction, tunnel engineering, geotechnical engineering, microtunneling, and tunnel contracting work.
Raymond Henn, of Lyman Henn, a division of Brierley Associates, and adjunct professor at Mines, is the faculty advisor of the chapter. The Underground District of Kiewit Construction Company has sponsored meetings and served as the industry supporter for the chapter.
Other industry professionals in design, construction and consulting, have expressed interest in getting involved — Gary Brierley of Brierley Associates has offered scholarship funds available to UCA of SME student members.
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