• Mission
    SANIRE promotes advancement of the discipline of rock engineering through the following objectives: Mission
  • Mission (a)
    Encouraging interest and the advancement of education in rock engineering; Mission (a)
  • Mission (b)
    Maintaining professional practice and high standard of ethics; Mission (b)
  • Mission (c)
    Encouraging networking, collaboration and information exchange; Mission (c)
  • Mission (d)
    Identifying, promoting and facilitating rock engineering related research; Mission (d)
  • Mission (e)
    Providing access to the global rock engineering fraternity through the ISRM. Mission (e)
  • Vision
    To promote the interests of a vibrant Southern African rock engineering fraternity Vision


The events listed below are purely intended as information for SANIRE members or persons visiting the site. SANIRE, its Executive Council and Secretariat in no way approve, sponsor, or support the individual events UNLESS SPECIFICALLY STATED.

News and updates

49th US Rock Mechanics / Geomechanics Symposium

Thursday, 02 October 2014
2015_SF_Banner The American Rock Mechanics Association invites you to submit an abstract to the U.S. annual conference on rock mechanics and geomechanics, and visit the beautiful and vibrant city of San Francisco, California. Abstracts are sought in mining engineering, petroleum engineering, civil engineering and interdisciplinary aspects of each. For information on the symposium, abstract submission, accomm...(84)


Thursday, 11 September 2014
Slope Stability INTERNATIONAL SYMPOSIUM ON SLOPE STABILITY IN OPEN PIT MINING AND CIVIL ENGINEERING Open pit mines are being planned to increasingly great depths, often beyond the current experience and knowledge base, with the exception perhaps of some very steep and high natural rock slopes. Despite recent advances, there remains significant challenges in understanding the mechanisms of slope behaviour and ...(239)

SANIRE SYMPOSIUM 2014 - Final programme

Friday, 05 September 2014
The SANIRE Coalfields Branch have the pleasure of hosting the annual SANIRE Symposium on the 11th September 2014 at Glenburn Lodge, Muldersdrift. This symposium has been ECSA approved for one (1) CPD credit. Click HERE for programme(262)

Free Workshops – 18 and 19 September 2014

Tuesday, 02 September 2014
PFC Dr. Roger Hart will be in South Africa on 18 and 19 September 2014. He has kindly agreed to give two free workshops on Distinct Element Modelling using Itasca's latest Particle Flow Code (PFC). Dr. Hart directed the development of Itasca's six software products, FLAC, FLAC3D, UDEC, 3DEC, PFC2D and PFC3D for more than 20 years and he has conducted over 100 training courses for Itasca software w...(227)

Chamber of Mines Certificate in Rock Engineering Paper 1 Preparation

Tuesday, 26 August 2014
Picture1 The Rock Mechanics Certificate - Paper 1 is a general theoretical Paper covering basic rock mechanics theory application in all types of mining enviroments, surface as well as under ground. To read more click Here.(562)

Preliminary SANIRE Symposium 2014 Programme

Thursday, 14 August 2014
The SANIRE Coalfields Branch have the pleasure of hosting the annual SANIRE Symposium on the 11th September 2014 at Glenburn Lodge, Muldersdrift. This symposium has been ECSA approved for one (1) CPD credit. Click Here for programme(298)

SANIRE SYMPOSIUM 2014 - 2nd Call for papers

Monday, 21 July 2014
SANIRE 2014 SYMPOSIUM 2nd The Contribution of Rock Engineering to the Future of Mining "Rock Engineering to the Rescue" The SANIRE Coalfields Branch have the pleasure of hosting the annual SANIRE Symposium on the 11th September 2014 at Glenburn Lodge, Muldersdrift. We would like to encourage the contribution of technical papers and presentations from all mining commodities for the Symposium. Abstracts should not exceed...(460)

Strata Control Practical for July 2014

Tuesday, 24 June 2014
As a result of numerous problems with the administration of this exam it was decided that the Chamber of mines will administrate this exam as of the 1st of July 2014. Please assist and inform your members of the new process: Organiser of the exam needs to inform the COM of the date and location of the exam (Colin Anderson) Candidates can then register for this specific exam through the COM webs...(966)


Tuesday, 17 June 2014
SANIRE 2014 SYMPOSIUM See Brochure COALFIELDS BRANCH THE CONTRIBUTION OF ROCK ENGINEERING TO THE FUTURE OF MINING "ROCK ENGINEERING TO THE RESCUE" 11 th SEPTEMBER 2014 GLENBURN LODGE, MULDERSDRIFT The SANIRE Coalfields Branch have the pleasure of hosting the annual SANIRE Symposium on the 11 th September 2014 at Glenburn Lodge. The theme is "The Contribution of Rock Engineering to the Future of Mining: Rock Enginee...(669)

Strata Control Practical - July 2014

Tuesday, 27 May 2014
From the 1st of July 2014 the Chamber of mines will be managing the registration for the Strata Control Practical exams. Examiners to inform Colin Anderson at the Chamber of the planned practical exam date. Registration forms will be available on the website www.comcert.co.za for the candidates to register. ONLY candidates that register through the Chamber of mines will be allowed to participat...(786)

SARES 2014

Tuesday, 15 April 2014
Image Placeholder "Creating value through innovative rock engineering" 12–14 May 2014 Misty Hills Country Hotel and Conference Centre, Cradle of Humankind GROUP DISCOUNT - Register THREE delegates and the FOURTH delegate is free BACKGROUND Recent developments in the global mining industry have led to the conclusion that it is time for significant change. Mining needs to become yet safer and more efficient while...(667)

Rock engineers are raising their voice in Zimbabwe

Tuesday, 15 April 2014
21 March 2014 marked a landmark in Zimbabwe’s mining history – the resuscitation of the Rock Mechanics Society in the form of the Zimbabwe National Institute of Rock Engineering (ZINIRE). ZINIRE President Omberai Mandingaisa reports: Prior to its launch, the Zimbabwe National Institute of Rock Engineering (ZINIRE) held its first stakeholder engagement workshop at the Fairmile Motel in the Midla...(730)

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ISRM communication

How do you recommend the ISRM increase member communication in South Africa

Face book or other social networking forms - 11.5%
Forums - 12.6%
More regular newsletters - 26.4%
Personal emails - 49.4%

Total votes: 87

How should ISRM improve benefits?

What do you think the ISRM should do to improve membership benefits

More electronic newsletters - 15.6%
More focus on marketing Rock Mechanics as a career - 24%
More local seminars and conferences - 25%
Sponsorship of young rock engineers - 35.4%

Total votes: 96

Benefits of ISRM through SANIRE

What benefits do you as a member see in ISRM membership through SANIRE

Cheaper conferences - 6.8%
Continued learning in Rock Engineering through article/paper downloads - 54.2%
Don’t know - 22%
Exploring synergies with other fields of Rock Engineering - 16.9%

Total votes: 118
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