Australian Centre for Geomechanics
Research | Training | Technology Transfer
The Australian Centre for Geomechanics (ACG) is a not-for-profit mining research centre based at The University of Western Australia, Perth. The ACG undertakes research, education and training activities in the geomechanics disciplines to provide industry with the necessary tools and knowledge to ensure that safety is not simply a top priority on par with productivity, but rather an ethic that guides everything.
- Deep Mining 2024 will be held 24–26 October 2024, Montreal, Canada.
- Ground Support 2023 will be held 10–12 October 2023, Perth, Western Australia.
- SSIM 2023 will be held 14–16 November 2023, Perth, Western Australia.
- Paste 2024 will be held 16–18 April 2024, Melbourne, Victoria.
- Our latest research report on 3D Rock Technology for Strainbursts carried out by Professor Phil Dight and supported by MRIWA is available here.
- The ACG has a range of free resources available. Click here to access.
The ACG’s focus is on four key disciplines: Open Pit Mining, Underground Mining, Paste, Filtered and Thickened Tailings, and Mine Closure.
The trend of open pit operations mining to deeper levels has seen an increased stress environment and a greater uncertainty about the mechanical behaviour of slopes, elevating mine worker safety and productivity risks. The ACG, through its open pit geomechanics research projects, events and training products, seeks to equip industry with advanced design and monitoring tools and state-of-the-art knowledge.
Some of the greatest challenges associated with underground mining is the management of geomechanics risks associated with high stress environments. The ACG provides industry with state-of-the-art mine seismicity, ground control and rock reinforcement research, training and further education courses, products and publications to advance mine safety.
Paste and thickened tailings technology (P&TT) is increasingly being adopted in operations around the world to improve the stability and safety of tailings storage facilities and to minimise the potential for environmental impact. The ACG is the leading provider of P&TT education and technology for the mining industry. This is through its series of international seminars on P&TT and resultant proceedings, state-of-the-art publications and an industry sponsored training DVD for tailings operators.
One of the greatest challenges facing the mining industry is the issue of the economic and socially acceptable closure of mine sites. Media attention shown to the legacy of abandoned mine sites has focused public interest on mine closure issues. Approval for future mining projects will more likely be obtained if industry demonstrates it is able to close existing sites in a responsible and environmentally and socially acceptable manner.