Future Publications

The ACG team and its associated organisations and individuals are currently creating the following publications and open access event proceedings to be available to industry in the near future. For an update regarding any of the following publications please contact the ACG.

Slope Stability 2020

Slope Stability 2020 will provide a forum for open pit mining and civil engineering practitioners, consultants, researchers and suppliers worldwide to exchange views on best practice and state-of-the-art slope technologies. Best practice with respect to pit slope investigations, design, implementation and performance monitoring will be discussed during the symposium.


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Ground Support Systems in Underground Mines – A Guide

In 2013, the Australian Centre for Geomechanics (ACG) commenced the international research project Ground Support Systems Optimisation (GSSO) to explore whether it is possible to optimise ground support systems with the aim to maintain, if not improve, mine safety whilst reducing costs and/or time components. The project featured three sub-projects: probabilistic ground support design; the use of numerical modelling for ground support design; and benchmarking of current ground support design practices. The results from these sub-projects fed into the writing of a new comprehensive, yet practical, underground support book. The GSSO research project is currently in its second phase, which is due for completion in September 2021.

Ground Support for underground mines was written in response to industry’s need for a new reference book on ground support, with the target audience being practicing geotechnical and mining engineers having the task of designing ground support systems in mines. The authors have taken good care to describe existing and novel ground support design methods, and also to provide practical tips and advice on the entire design process.

For detailed information about the GSSO project, please visit:  http://gsso.com.au/

UMT 2020

The Australian Centre for Geomechanics is delighted to host the Second International Conference on Underground Mining  Technology (UMT 2020) in Brisbane, Australia, 3–5 November 2020.

Ongoing research and innovations in underground mining technologies continually assist operations to significantly improve their productivity, cost efficiency and, most importantly, their health and safety records, whilst reducing their environmental impact.

Over the last decades, advances such as paste fill have enabled fast turnover of stopes and new mining sequences; electronic detonators have facilitated very large and complicated blasts; new mine equipment is more productive and safer to operate; seismic and other monitoring systems allow the mine to keep track of the ground response in real time. There are no longer limitations to communication systems underground ­– tablets and Wi-Fi are even available in some mines.

Underground mining technology has enabled many mines to access the Earth’s valuable resources at great depths.
This event will provide opportunities for underground mining practitioners to explore the latest mining technologies and methodologies which will drive industry into the future.

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Deep Mining 2021

Underground mining continues to progress at ever deeper levels and industry is now extracting mineral reserves at depth that previously would have been considered unmineable. Deep mining is a very technical and challenging environment.

A high level of understanding and technically sound approaches are essential to deal with the significant geotechnical (from squeezing ground to rockbursts) and logistical (transportation) issues of deep and high stress mining, and best practice and innovation need to be implemented.

Click here to visit the event website.

Caving 2022

The Block and Sublevel Caving Symposia provide a platform for mining companies to be kept informed of the latest technological developments from caving research carried out by industry and academia.

The Australian Centre for Geomechanics, a not-for-profit mining research organisation at The University of Western Australia, looks forward to hosting the Fifth International Symposium on Block and Sublevel Caving in Australia in 2022.

Click here to visit the event website.


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