Geotechnical Design for Underground Metalliferous Mines Hybrid Course

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Date(s) - 31 May 2021 - 4 Jun 2021

The University of Western Australia

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Professor Yves Potvin
Professor of Mining Geomechanics
Australian Centre for Geomechanics

Yves joined the Australian Centre for Geomechanics at The University of Western Australia in 1998 and was Centre Director, 2000-2019. Professor Potvin has published more than 100 articles and is the editor/co-editor of 14 conference proceedings and books. He has over 30 years of experience in rock mechanics and mine design and has previously held managerial positions at Mount Isa Mines, the Noranda Technology Centre and worked as a mining engineer at Noranda Mines, Gaspe Division. Yves undertakes numerous collaborative industry-focussed research projects and is presently involved with the ACG’s Ground Support Systems Optimisation Project, and the Stope Reconciliation and Optimisation Project. He currently participates in several geotechnical review boards.



Dr Daniel Cumming-Potvin
Research Associate and Project Lead – mXrap
Australian Centre for Geomechanics

Daniel completed his Bachelor of Mining Engineering and PhD at The University of Western Australia in 2012 and 2018 respectively. He has worked at a number of underground metal mines in Australia, specialising in the areas of ground support, monitoring and mine seismicity. Daniel is currently project lead for mXrap.

Joseph Mbenza
Research Fellow – Ground Support Systems Optimisation
Australian Centre for Geomechanics

Joseph joined the ACG in early 2019 as a research fellow. His areas of interest include: advanced numerical modelling and statistical, probability and data analysis. Previously, Joseph was a senior mining geotechnical engineer for SRK Consulting (South Africa) (Pty) Ltd. He has 15 years of experience in mining and rock mechanics. Joseph has a BSc Mining Engineering from University of Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, and a Master’s degree in Rock Engineering from the University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa. He was the recipient of the Rauji Foundation award in 2004 for best student, Faculty of Engineering, University of Lubumbashi, and the Chairman award for employee of the year at SRK Consulting (South Africa) (Pty) Ltd in 2016.

Benoît McFadyen
Masters Student
Université Laval, Canada

Benoît did his undergraduate studies in geological engineering at Université Laval and graduated in 2017.  He then did graduate studies (MSc) in rock mechanics, looking at open stope performance for a seismically active mine. He is currently involved with the ACG’s Stope Reconciliation and Optimisation Project as part of his PhD studies which looks at developing a new method for stope design.

Denisha Sewnun
Research Fellow – mXrap
Australian Centre for Geomechanics

Denisha has more than 10 years of experience in the rock mechanics aspects of open pit and underground mining projects. She has a BSc (honours) degree in Engineering Geology from the University of KwaZulu-Natal and a Master’s degree in Rock Engineering from the University of Witwatersrand. Denisha has recently joined the Australian Centre for Geomechanics as a Research Fellow after having spent the last 7 years providing consulting services for mining projects across Africa. Her principal areas of expertise include geotechnical data analysis, geotechnical investigations, three-dimensional geotechnical block modelling and rock support design.

Associate Professor Johan Wesseloo
Associate Professor and Director
Australian Centre for Geomechanics

Since obtaining a BEng (Civil) and MEng (Geotechnical) from The University of Pretoria, Johan has been involved in geotechnical engineering in open pit and underground environments throughout 14 countries. He commenced his career in 1998 as a geotechnical engineer at SRK Consulting in Johannesburg where his experience included open pit and underground projects in varying geotechnical conditions. In 2005 he was awarded a PhD (Geotechnical) from The University of Pretoria. Johan joined the ACG in 2007 as a Research Fellow. During his time at the ACG, Johan has been involved in research, the supervision of postgraduate students and geotechnical training. He also performs geotechnical and mining-induced seismicity reviews providing him with the valuable opportunity to visit numerous operations worldwide. Johan was instrumental in the development of the mXrap software and many of the software routines and apps available in that platform. Johan is a Fellow of The Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy and the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy. He was awarded the SAIMM Gold medal in 2006 and 2016, and the SAIMM Silver Medal in 2014. In May 2019, Johan was appointed Centre Director.

This course commences at 8:00am WAST 31 May 2021. Check your local start time with the Time Zone Converter.
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Ground Support for underground mines
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