Sanire would like to congradulate Oskar Steffen, Luis-Fernando Contreras, Peter Terbrugge and Julian Venter of SRK Consulting on recieving the2009 rock mechanics award in the catagory 'Applied Rock Mechanics Reserch' from The American Rock Mechanics Assosiation (ARMA) for their paper entitled A Risk Evaluation Approach for Pit Slope Design.

Peter Terbrugge

 

Ground Vibration Hazard – Selected Aspects

The South African research centre undertake a variety of research and consulting work in the application of ground vibration analysis for mining and structural engineering problems, natural seismicity and specific site characterizations. The programs include the permanent and temporary installation of local and regional seismograph networks to monitor ground motion. The workshop will focus on the following three themes:

 

Gauteng Branch Technical Evening – 15th October 2009

Sanire Gauteng Branch held its 19th Technical Evening at CSIR Centre for Mining Innovation in Auckland Park. The theme was “The future of Rock Engineering Research in South Africa. Where is it going and what resources do we have?”. Invited speakers were Navin Singh on the Mine Health and Safety Council, Greg More O’Ferrall (now of SRK) on the PlatMine Collaborative Research Program, Prof. Dick Stacey on research from an academic perspective and Dr. Declan Vogt of the CSIR Centre for Mining Innovation.

SANIRE has written a letter to the Chief Inspector of the DMR (Mr. Thabo Gazi) requested to highlight concerns that have been raised regarding the definition of a competent person (rock engineering) in terms of the Mine Health and Safety Act, Act 29 of 1996 (MHSA).

SANIRE has been informed that the Exams have been postponed by one week and now  will run from the 26th rather than the 20th.

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The SANIRE 2009 symposium “Informative Rock Engineering Practice” was held at the Maccauvlei Conference Centre in Vereeniging on the 18th September 2009.  The symposium comprised 15 high quality presentations in from a variety of fields:

The 2009 SANIRE symposium is taking place this week on the 17th and 18th of September. The 17th is a golf day where you can catch up with old friends and relax before the symposium which will be held on Friday the 18th.

The Key note address is by Gerhard Keyter, “The planning and construction of civil engineering tunnels and large caverns with a special focus on geotechnical investigation, design, construction, support installation and quality control.”

For those of you still not registered for the symposium please head over to our downloads section to get a copy of the registration form. If you want to do your bit for the environment please head over to the forums to organize a lift club to and from the event.