Future PublicationsThe ACG team and its associated organisations and individuals are currently creating the following publications to be launched in the near future. For an update regarding any of the following publications please contact the ACG.
Underground mining continues to progress at deeper levels and industry is now extracting mineral reserves at depth that previously would have been considered unmineable. Deep mining is a very technical and challenging environment. A high level of understanding and technically sound approaches are essential to satisfactorily deal with the significant geotechnical (from squeezing ground to rockbursts) and logistical (transportation, ventilation) issues of deep and high stress mining, and best practice and innovation need to be implemented.
The ACG looks forward to hosting the Eighth International Conference on Deep and High Stress Mining in Perth in March 2017. This follows the previous conferences held in Sudbury, 2014; Perth, 2012; Santiago, 2010; Perth, 2007; Quebec City, 2006; Johannesburg, 2004; and Perth, 2002.
A publication comprising of papers presented by the mining professionals at the conference will be available to purchase following the event, and available online with thanks to SRK for sponsoring the electronic proceedings.
In 1999, the ACG initiated the series of international seminars on Paste and Thickened Tailings (P&TT). This influential and respected annual event continues to provide a valuable forum for international tailings and mine waste practitioners to explore, learn and share advances in P&TT.
This is going to be the first P&TT seminar held in China, a country which consumes nearly 50% of mining products of the world. Meanwhile, tailings management is of great interest to Chinese mining companies due to the particular emphasis on the environment and safety by the government.
The objective of Paste 2017 in Beijing is to allow academics, designers, practitioners, consultants and suppliers to exchange knowledge, experiences and lessons learnt in different case studies and projects around the world.
A publication comprising of papers presented by the mining professionals at the seminar will be available to purchase following the event.
Following on from the very successful Seventh International Conference on Deep and High Stress Mining held in Sudbury in 2014, attended by more than 300 mining professionals, the ACG and Associate Professor Marty Hudyma are delighted to host the First International Conference on Underground Mining Technology (UMT 2017) at the Radisson Hotel Sudbury in October 2017.
Ongoing research and innovations in underground mining technologies continually assist operations to significantly improve their productivity, cost efficiency and, most importantly, their health and safety records, whilst reducing their environmental impact.
Over the past decades, advances such as paste fill have enabled fast turnover of stopes and new mining sequences; electronic detonators have facilitated very large and complicated blasts; new mine equipment is more productive and safer to operate; seismic and other monitoring systems allow the mine to keep track of the ground response in real time. There are no longer limitations to communication systems underground – tablets and Wi-Fi are even available in some mines.
Underground mining technology has enabled many mines to access the Earth’s valuable resources at great depths. In Sudbury alone, five mines are currently operating at depths greater than 1.5 km.
This event will provide opportunities for underground mining practitioners to explore the latest mining technologies and methodologies which will drive industry into the future.
A publication comprising of papers presented by the mining professionals at the conference will be available to purchase following the event.
Ground Support Systems in Underground Mines – A Guide (Volumes 1 and 2)
The ACG is in the process of producing a publication entitled Ground Support Systems in Underground Mines – A Guide (Vols. 1 and 2), to be published by the ACG in mid 2017 (date TBC). 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.