The ACG looks forward to hosting the Fourth International Symposium on Block and Sublevel Caving in Vancouver in the second half of 2018. This follows previous symposia held in Santiago in 2014; Perth, 2010 and Cape Town, 2007.
Cave mining has become one of the most research intensive areas of mining engineering in recent times. Mining companies need to be kept informed of the latest technological developments from caving research, and researchers require a regular platform to present their results and interact with industry practitioners
A publication comprising of papers presented by the mining professionals at the symposium will be available to purchase following the event and freely available online through our online depository.
The ACG’s First International Conference on Mining Geomechanical Risk seeks to provide a forum for mining geomechanical practitioners around the world to improve on assessing, quantifying, communicating and managing mining geomechanical risk to maximise shareholder value and advance mine safety.
This inaugural conference is applicable to all geomechanics practitioners, consultants, researchers and mining engineers across all mining geomechanics disciplines, as well as senior executives tasked with managing business risks.
The conference will address risk from geotechnical fields in mining including: surface and underground rock mechanics, tailings and backfill, environmental geomechanics and mine closure.
The Australia Centre for Geomechanics is pleased to announce that the 22nd International Conference on Paste, Thickened and Filtered Tailings will be held in Cape Town, South Africa from 8–10 May 2019, in collaboration with Paterson & Cooke.
Southern Africa, as a region, is water scarce and has experienced severe droughts for the last few years. Together with changes in local legislation requiring facilities to be lined, there is a renewed interest in paste and thickened tailings and dry stack filter options in the region. Local attendance will target Southern African countries in particular, with delegates expected from Namibia, Botswana, South Africa, DRC and further afield.
Following on from previous symposia, the Australian Centre for Geomechanics team looks forward to hosting Ground Support 2019 in Canada.
The International Ground Support Symposia have been a fundamental platform for advancing ground support excellence in mining and underground construction for more than 35 years.
Slope Stability 2020 will provide a forum for open pit mining and civil engineering practitioners, consultants, researchers and suppliers worldwide to exchange views on best practice and state-of-the-art slope technologies. Best practice with respect to pit slope investigations, design, implementation and performance monitoring will be discussed during the symposium.
The ACG is in the process of producing Ground Support Systems in Underground Mines – A Guide. This practical guidance and advice handbook is a key deliverable of an ACG research project on Ground Support Systems Optimisation (GSSO) funded by the Minerals Research Institute of Western Australia and the global mining industry.
Commencing in 2013, the project explores whether it is possible to optimise ground support systems, with the aim to maintain, if not improve, mine safety whilst reducing costs and/or time components. The project features three sub-projects: probabilistic ground support design; the use of numerical modelling for ground support design; and benchmarking of current ground support design practices. The results from these sub-projects feed into the contents of the Guide.
For detailed information about the GSSO project, please visit: http://gsso.com.au/
Unsaturated Soils Guidelines (Volume 1)
These new ACG guidelines will detail the key aspects and behaviour of unsaturated soils. This is the first volume in potentially a series of volumes on this highly topical and relevant subject matter. The editors are Professors Ken Mercer, Adjunct Associate Professor Environmental and Mining Geomechanics, Australian Centre for Geomechanics, Australia, Professor Harianto Rahardjo, Head of Division of Infrastructure Systems and Maritime Studies, School of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, and Alfrendo Satyanga, Research Associate, Nangyang Technological University, Singapore.