• 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

Disclaimer

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

SANIRE NEWSLETTER Volume 2, Issue 2 (2016)

Saturday, 30 April 2016
aprilnewsDear Members Please follow the link to the latest quarterly newsletter. Stories and articles are always welcome. Please email Paul Couto at Paul.couto@norplats.co.za for enquiries. Download the PDF version: SANIRE Newsletter Volume 2 Issue 2 April 2016 (5.41 MB)(331)
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Journal President’s Corner - The weakest link

Friday, 29 April 2016
presc My wife, Angelique, and I do tandem road racing as a means to keep fit and spend time together. However, for us to compete, we need to make sure that we can operate as a functional team. As it is difficult to communicate with one another when racing, it is important to know each other’s strengths, weaknesses and limits. For 2016, the industry has thus far suffered 21 fatalities, of which 9 wer...(222)
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AfriRock 2017

Friday, 29 April 2016
afrirock2017 ISRM International Symposium ‘Rock Mechanics for Africa’ See event page: http://www.saimm.co.za/saimm-events/upcoming-events/afrirock-2017 Dates: 02-07 October 2017 Venue: Cape Town Convention Centre, Cape Town, South Africa The 2017 ISRM International Rock Mechanics Symposium is to be held in Cape Town. The conference theme is “Rock Mechanics for Africa”. Prior to the conference, the ISRM Boa...(230)
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SANIRE Gauteng Branch Year End Function -3 December 2015.

Friday, 29 April 2016
gau1 Gauteng Branch Teaches the Ropes! SANIRE Gauteng Bench’s 2015 year end function taught about 20 SANIRE members “the ropes” at the CSIR’s Rope Testing facility, located in Sunnyside, Johannesburg. The function started at the Groundwork Consulting offices with the usual jovial banter amongst peers, while sipping on cold drinks and dreaming of the snacks (that the Branch Treasurer forgot to organ...(163)
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GREEN STORY - How not to get too hot.

Thursday, 28 April 2016
Globally, 2015 was the warmest year on record, with world temperatures exceeding the long-term average based on documented measurements taken since 1880. The previous record year was 2014, and 2010 before that. Tree planting demonstration by Sammy Mashaba from Food and Trees for Africa (Oct. 2011) green1 Tree planting demonstration by Sammy Mashaba from Food and Trees for Africa (Oct. 2011) Supported...(155)
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ISRM News

Thursday, 28 April 2016
New developments Malaysia has been approved as a new national group of the ISRM. The European Rock Mechanics Symposium – EUROCK 2018 – has been approved as an ISRM Regional Symposium. The conference will take place in Saint Petersburg, Russia, in May 2018. The Shaoxing International Forum on Rock Mechanics and Engineering Technology has been approved as an ISRM Specialized Conference. The confe...(155)
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Personality of the Quarter - Kevin Richard Brentley

Thursday, 28 April 2016
brentleyFull name: Kevin Richard Brentley. Position: Rock Engineer. Company: Brentley, Lucas and Associates. Organisations: SANIRE, ISRM, SAIMM. Date and place of birth: 22 August 1960, Born in Johannesburg. Education: Matriculated at Milner High School, Klerksdorp; MSc Engineering, Wits University. First Job: Learner Official at Buffelsfontein Gold Mine. (Know of a few other learner officials who beca...(220)
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SANIRE History

Thursday, 28 April 2016
shist1Photo of the launch show Roger Johnson, Güner Gürtunca, Dick Bakker and Matthew Handley. The official launch of the South African National Institute of Rock Engineering took place at a function held on 6 July 1999 at the Wanderer‟s Club in Johannesburg. At the launch, the out-going Chairman of SANGORM, Dr. Güner Gürtunca, reported on his period of chairmanship from February 1994 to July 1999....(174)
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Rock Star of the Quarter - Buntu Bantu Tati

Thursday, 28 April 2016
tatiFull Name: Buntu Bantu Tati Position: Rock Engineering Officer Company/Organisations: Impala Platinum Date and Place of Birth: 29 June 1988 Education: Honorary BSc Mining Engineering degree First Job: Mining Engineering in Training (Impala Platinum) Personal Best Achievement/s: BSc Mining Engineering degree, Rock Breaker Qualification, Strata Control Qualification, Management Advance Programme ...(268)
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Rock Engineering History

Thursday, 28 April 2016
There is, of course, evidence of mining in Southern Africa, stretching back a great many centuries, but concentrating for the time being on gold discoveries by Europeans on the Witwatersrand during the nineteenth century, we find many stories of gold finds dating back to long before the official discovery in 1886. Not many of these find support in the written archives, though. A Dutch hunter, K...(181)
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Future Education - Rock Engineering practitioners – beyond the 2018 deadline

Thursday, 28 April 2016
For a long time now, and more so in recent months, the growing concern about the phasing out of the current Chamber of Mines certificates in Rock Engineering has raised some eyebrows, with the registration cut-off of 2015 and examination deadline of 2018. If was with new flair and urgency that the 2015-17 SANIRE Council (through the FUTURE EDUCATION portfolio) joined forces with the two other d...(248)
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EIGHTH INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE 2017

Friday, 08 April 2016
28–30 March 2017 | Perth, Western Australia Underground mining continues to progress at 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 satisfactorily deal with the significant g...(251)
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Apr 21 2015

23–24 April, 2015 - Conference

Elangeni Maharani Hotel, Durban

25 April 2015 - Half Day Technical Visit

Harbour Entrance Tunnel Site Visit and Harbour Boat Cruise

 

This conference is in response to the Civil and Mining industry being under immense pressure to deliver projects fast, efficiently and as safely as possible. Mechanised underground excavation and support installation is proving to be an invaluable and cost effective tool in the execution of a project. Technology exists for mechanised excavation where tunnels can be excavated from as small as 300mm to in excess of 18 metres in order to access ore bodies, build road or railway tunnels, facilitate the installation of utilities, construct storage caverns for gas and oil, etc.

It is recommended that delegates interested in the mining application of tunnel boring attend both days.

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 Sancot - programme

 SANCOT Sponsor Opportunities Conference 2015(1)

 SANCOT-Second Announcement

Upcoming Events

Sun Jun 26
50th US Rock Mechanics / Geomechanics Symposium
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Thu Jul 07
Borehole Geophysical Logging and Seismic Reflection in Litho-Structural Mapping
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Sat Aug 27
35th International Geological Congress
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Mon Aug 29
EUROCK 2016
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Wed Aug 31
MineSAFE 2016
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Mon Sep 12
SAIMM: Mining for the Future 2016
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Road Trip from Pretoria to Cape Town

Would you like to join a 1 week road trip from Pretoria to Cape Town visiting various mines and there after attending the ISRM conference AFRIROCK 2017 in Cape Town?

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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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