Introduction to Open Pit Slope Stability Course

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Date(s) - 13 Jun 2022 - 17 Jun 2022
8:00 am - 12:30 pm

Perth, Western Australia

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This ACG training course is to be presented by leading industry open pit personnel. They bring together a wealth of experience to share with course participants. This course will be held both online and in-person, facilitating participation from anywhere in the world.

Mine owners, operators and early career geotechnical and mining engineers, suppliers and researchers would benefit from the exchange of ideas and experiences on how to achieve best practice in slope stability monitoring and management.

The objectives of the course are to:

  • Provide a holistic big picture overview of both the geotechnical design and operational management processes.
  • Take delegates sequentially through the various stages of the slope stability design process.
  • Cover operational issues related to managing open pit operations from a geotechnical perspective.
  • Review selected open pit failures and discuss how the geotechnical industry addresses stability problems in all parts of the world.
  • Present open pit case studies.

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Professor Phil Dight
Professor of Geotechnical Engineering
Australian Centre for Geomechanics
Phil has been involved with the development and design of ground support for mining applications since 1975. He was a partner in BFP Consultants until BFP was acquired by Coffey Mining. Phil has extensive consulting experience in the geotechnical aspects of the mining industry, and has worked on open pit and underground metalliferous mining problems. In 1985 he was awarded the Manuel Rocha Medal by the International Society of Rock Mechanics for his work in open pit mining and use of ground support to improve pit stability. His ground support algorithm has been adopted by Rocscience in its evaulation of ground support in phases. With Peter Fuller, he undertook research into ground support work in a number of AMIRA sponsored projects. Much of that early research work has now been formalised in the literature by others. Phil joined the ACG in 2008 and has since been working on stress memory effects in rocks, ground support applications and slope stability problems.
Broadus Jeffcoat-Sacco
PhD Student
Australian Centre for Geomechanics, The University of Western Australia
Broadus has over eight years’ experience as a site geotechnical engineer in Queensland, Australia. His practical experience includes open-cut coal and underground base metals at large and small operations. Broadus graduated from the University of Missouri-Rolla, USA, with Bachelor’s degrees in geological engineering and geology. He joined the Australian Centre for Geomechanics/The University of Western Australia as a student in 2016, and is currently working towards a PhD as part of Professor Dight’s MRIWA strainburst project. His primary area of research is in-mine studies related to strainbursting/rockbursting, with a focus on using new technology to enable more detailed observations.

This course commences at 8:00am AWST 13 June 2022. Check your local start time with the Time Zone Converter.

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