Ground Support in Underground Mining Short Course

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Date(s) - 17 Oct 2022 - 21 Oct 2022
8:30 am - 12:30 pm

Perth, Western Australia

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This short course has been developed to cover the technical and practical aspects of ground support for underground metalliferous mines. The social license to operate mines in many countries around the world dictates safety records are maintained at a high standard. As a result, the mining industry has become increasingly intolerant to risk. Ground support remains the main means to mitigating rockfalls; one of the major risks in underground mines.
As such, the latest developments and applications of ground support in mining and underground construction are of prime interest to practitioners. The seminar is designed to assist mining personnel involved with the design and implementation of mine ground support.
Geotechnical engineers, mine managers, mining engineers, mine geologists, mining supervisors and operators, suppliers of mine support equipment, mining contractors and mines inspectors may benefit from attending the short course. The short course will be run live in half-day sessions (Australian Western Standard Time) to accommodate online attendees from various time zones.

The hybrid format of this event allows for participation either in-person, or online from anywhere in the world.

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Sponsorship opportunities are available for this event. Email the ACG for more details.


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.
Professional Development Hours

Ground Support for underground mines
The Ground Support for underground mines book, as well as many other ACG underground publications, is available for purchase online at
Ground Support Systems Optimisation research project
The overall objective of GSSO Phase 2 is to develop new tools and guidelines for ground support design in extreme ground conditions (more specifically in rockbursting and squeezing ground) and advancing the use of probabilistic approaches in mining geomechanics.



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