ACG News


In 2022, the ACG moved the newsletter format into a supplement which is distributed at our international events. This enables a more specialised audience, the assurance that a printed copy is given directly to each attendee, and presents an opportunity to report on geotechnical initiatives occurring in underground, open pit and tailings environments, as well as state-of-the-art technological developments and mine safety advancements.

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The ACG newsletter was published between 2008 and 2021, and delivered highly topical and relevant geomechanical articles to its readership of more than 5,000 local and international professionals associated with the extractive resources industries, including on-site and office professionals, as well as research institutions, universities, contractors and consultancies, government agencies and the resources media.

To obtain a printed copy of a past newsletter and articles with complete reference details, please contact the ACG.

Media Releases and Articles

A new initiative that aims to improve global tailings management has been launched through a partnership between The University of Western Australia, Rio Tinto and BHP. Future Tails is a jointly funded program by Rio Tinto and BHP. Over five years, the companies will invest $4 million ($2 million each) in training, research, education and practice to support tailings and waste management facilities. Read more.

March 2020

The Australian Centre for Geomechanics launches Ground Support for underground mines book. Read more.

May 2019

The 22nd International Conference on Paste and Thickened Tailings (Paste 2019) was held 8–10 May 2019, at The Westin Hotel in Cape Town, South Africa. Read more.

June 2019

Associate Professor Johan Wesseloo has been appointed director of the Australian Centre for Geomechanics. Read more.

May 2018

One year on from the launch of the Online Repository of Conference Proceedings, the ACG looks at its performance, and towards opportunities for future development. Read more.

June 2017

Established in June 1992, the Australian Centre for Geomechanics (ACG) looks back in pride at the last 25 years and forward with enthusiasm and confidence to the ACG’s future endeavours. Read more.

December 2015

The Australian Centre for Geomechanics was delighted to welcome almost 100 delegates to Perth for the inaugural International Seminar on Design Methods in Underground Mining, held from 17–19 November 2015. Read more.

October 2015

Following in the big footsteps of the highly acclaimed FMGM symposia, the Australian Centre for Geomechanics, with collaborating organisation Pells Sullivan Meynink, was delighted to host the Ninth International Symposium on Field Measurements in Geomechanics, during 9–11 September 2015, in Sydney – a first for Australia. Read more.

May 2015

Getting pasted is a street term of when one gets punched in the face or beaten up. Such was the case for mining 25+ years ago, following a number of tailings dam failures and the terrible conditions of abandoned mining sites around the world. Read more.

December 2014

In the global mining industry, one increasingly hears of sustainability, sustainability science and sustainable mining. The focus on sustainability has arisen as a result of increasing concerns regarding the path of human socioeconomic development and environmental impacts. Read more.

March 2014

The Seventh International Conference on Deep and High Stress Mining (Deep Mining 2014), hosted by the ACG, took place in Sudbury, Canada, 16–18 September 2014. Read more.

March 2014

The Australian Centre for Geomechanics hosts the 11th International Symposium on Mining, 20–22 May 2014 in Perth, Western Australia. Read more

January 2014

by D. Reddy Chinnasane, Dr Mike Yao, David Landry and P. Paradis-Sokoloski, Vale Canada Ltd., Canada

Copper Cliff Mine is located within the Copper Cliff Offset in the limits of the City of Greater Sudbury, Ontario, Canada (Figure 1). The Copper Cliff Offset extends about 8 km south from the Sudbury Igneous Complex into the footwall rocks. Read more

January 2014

The Australian Centre for Geomechanics (ACG) is proud to host the Seventh International Conference on Deep and High Stress Mining (Deep Mining 2014) in Sudbury, Canada. Read more