Blasting Practices for Wall Control in Open Pit Mines Seminar

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Date(s) - 8 Aug 2022 - 12 Aug 2022
8:00 am - 12:30 pm

Perth, Western Australia

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This innovative seminar aims at sharing knowledge and experiences on open pit blasting practices for both blasting practitioners and geotechnical engineers. It is envisaged blasting practitioners will provide an overview of their knowledge and experience in undertaking blasting. Geotechnical engineers will discuss geomechanical considerations and requirements to develop a blast design to achieve the best outcome. This will be done by way of case studies and specialist presentations. The focus of the seminar is to advance safe and economic blasting practices to facilitate stable slopes via technology and knowledge transfer between industry peers
involved in open pit mine blasting.

The seminar will be hosted in person and online, via live video conference, it will not be recorded. Seminar duration will be over five half days (8 am to 12:30 pm AWST), to allow delegates from other time zones to participate.

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Seminar Facilitator

Professor Phil Dight
Professor of Geotechnical Engineering
Australian Centre for Geomechanics, The University of Western AustraliaPhil has been involved with the development and design of ground support for mining applications since 1975. Phil joined the ACG in 2008 and has since been working on stress memory effects in rocks, ground support applications, slope stability problems (including the use of microseismicity to understand failure mechanisms), and 3D rock properties. In 2017, Phil commenced a four year MRIWA project aimed at investigating the issues of strainburst vulnerability in underground mines.


Call for presenters

Blast design engineers, blasting practitioners, and geotechnical personnel responsible for wall control are invited to share their experiences by presenting a case study or specialist topic.
If you are interested in presenting at or contributing ideas to this ACG seminar, email

Sponsorship opportunities

Sponsorship opportunities are available for this event. Contact the ACG for details.

Professional development hours

Participation in this event may contribute up to 20 hours towards your professional development accreditation. The ACG makes no guarantee of this and recommends you contact your respective professional organisation/s. The ACG can provide a certificate of attendance at an ACG further education and training event, post-event attendance. Please contact for details.

Training videos available in streaming format

The ACG offers a range of educational and training videos, available for purchase in both DVD and streaming format. The range includes a number of underground mining specific videos including:

  • Reading the Ground
  • Rockburst – Unleashing Earth’s Energy
  • Securing the Ground
  • Underground Drilling and Blasting

View the full range available at

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