Industry Associations

Tunnels and Tunnelling International has been the official publication of the BTS since the organisation’s formation in 1971. One of the key benefits of joining the society is an annual subscription to the magazine.

The British Tunnelling Society (BTS) is an Associated Society of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE). With a current membership of 814 individual members and 266 corporate members, it is one of the most vibrant gatherings of professional tunnellers in the world.

Formed to provide a forum for meetings and discussion on tunnel-related matters, the BTS also publishes industry guidelines and codes of practice; conducts training courses to advance the education of tunnelling professionals; actively supports the recruitment of young people to the industry; acknowledges excellence in tunnelling; sponsors and supports industry conferences; and advises Government and the general public on the tunnelling industry.

The British Tunnelling Society maintains a leading role in the development of the tunnelling industry to promote the safe, efficient, sustainable, and technically advanced design, construction and use of underground space. It calls on a long tradition of tunnelling in Britain to continue industry-wide development of this vital field of civil engineering. The society was a key player in the founding of the International Tunnelling Association (ITA) in 1974 and represents the UK on its General Assembly.