For more information please contact the ACG.
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Dear EuroRock 2013 participant,
We invite you and your colleagues to submit and abstract for the International Society of Rock Mechanics 2015 Congress.
Abstract submission deadline is two months away. The attached CALL FOR PAPERS should be
further circulated to your network of Rock Mechanics colleagues.
Initial abstract submissions are requested to be made directly by the authors, and not by the National Committees, to the website of the ISRM Congress at www.isrm2015.com with the final submission deadline being May 1, 2015.
Following receipt of abstracts, it is the intent of the Congress Organizing Committee to provide access for each National ISRM Committee or Group to abstracts submitted by members of that country for approval and abstract selection.
Following National Group selection of member abstracts, the Congress Organizing Technical Committee will perform additional reviews of recommended National Group abstracts, as well as others that may be deemed to be of significant interest for the Congress themes.
On behalf of General Chair, Ferri Hassani - Lise Bujold
Director, Conventions & Trade Shows
Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM)
Tel.: (514) 939-2710 ext. 1308 | Fax: (514) 939-2714
The first annual Strata Control Practical Exam will be hosted by Bokoni Platinum on
behalf of the Eastern Bushveld SANIRE Branch on the 20th March 2014
· All applicants must have a Strata Control Theory Paper in order to qualify to enroll for the Strata Control Practical Exam.
· All applicants need to register with Joma vd Merwe at firstname.lastname@example.org in order to attend the Practical evaluation.
· Applications will be confirmed with Joma vd Merwe at email@example.com in order to ensure that registration has taken place.
The Strata Control Practical will consist of a compulsory underground visit followed by an oral exam session.
– Arrival candidates at Bokoni Platinum
– Visitors induction
– Underground visit will commence
– Return from underground (Shower/ Lunch)
– Oral exam will commence
Venue: Bokoni Platinum
Date: 20th March 2014
Time: 06h30 for 07h00
R.S.V.P: No later than 14th March 2014
Co Ordinates: S24° 17.144' E 29° 52.000
What is equipment and P.P.E is required?
Please ensure that you bring along the following:
Note book, Pencil, Pen, Scale ruler, Protractor, Refreshments / Lunch
Please note that every person attending the Strata Control Practical Exam is required to bring along their own PPE.
Bokoni Platinum requires the following as PPE:
Overall, Gum Boots, Hard hat, Cap lamp belt, Ear Plugs, Safety Glasses, Socks, Knee pads
In order for your registration to be accepted please complete the registration form. Click HERE
Confirmation of your attendance with proof of registration with Joma vd Merwe at firstname.lastname@example.org must be sent to the following people below before the 14th March 2014.
Paul Couto at email@example.com
Please note that the registration for the Chamber of Mines Rock Mechanics practical closes 7 February 2014 and registration for the theory will close 31 March 2014. To register please follow this link http://www.comcert.co.za/ and send proof of payment to Colin.
11th International Symposium on Mining with Backfill
20–22 May 2014 | Novotel Perth Langley Hotel | Australia
For more information please click HERE
View the Deep Mining 2014 brochure!
Deep Mining 2014 abstracts due 24 February 2014! Visit the Author's Portal to submit your abstract online.
The 6th YGE Conference "Cultivating the Future of Geotechnics" is intended to establish a network forum and opportunity for young geotechnical engineers to better acquaint themselves with the industry and products available. This takes place in a young environment where all presenters and most of the delegates are under the age of 35. The conference is held every three years and aims to provide delegates with the opportunity to develop their writing skills and publish a technical paper which will be published in the conference proceedings. In addition presenters can exercise presenting skills in front of
a more forgiving audience and delegates attending can all learn from like-minded peers.
This conference will take place amongst the luscious vines of the Spier Wine Estate in the heart of the Western Cape. Spier is one of the oldest wine farms in South Africa with a recorded history dating back to 1692.
While rooted in this heritage, Spier has a vibrant and conscious energy. The winery is one of the most awarded in the country and the four-star Spier Hotel and meeting facilities offer inspiring Winelands getaways in the tranquillity of nature.
Submit your abstract by 31 January 2014!
Who should attend?
Geotechnical practitioners under the age of 35 in the mining and civil construction industry. More experienced geotechnical practitioners are encouraged to motivate the YGE 's working under them to attend the conference and explain the advantages of presenting their work at the conference.
Conference Godfather: Ken Schwartz
Ken Schwartz has a degree and post graduate diploma from the University of the Witwatersrand. He is one of those who were fortunate enough to be inspired by Professor J. E. Jennings who encouraged and fostered his early interest in geotechnical engineering or soil mechanics and foundation engineering as it was called in those days. That interest led to a 40 year career in geotechnical engineering. The first twenty
one years in geotechnical consulting and then eleven years dealing with the significant challenges offered by specialist geotechnical contracting. For the last eight years he has been operating as a specialized geotechnical consultant, now based in Ramsgate on the beautiful south coast of Kwa-Zulu Natal.
EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION FEES (Register and Pay before/on 6 June 2014)
SAICE / SAIEG / SANIRE Member R4 200.00
Non Member R4 550.00
Full Time Student R1 350.00
FULL REGISTRATION FEES (Register and Pay on/after 7 June 2014)
SAICE / SAIEG / SANIRE Member R4 600.00
Non Member R4 950.00
Full Time Student R1 750.00
For the full announcement & registration form please contact the Conference Secretariat
Yolandé van den Berg
RCA Conference Organisers
+27 11 487 2260/3819
32nd Technical Evening
The SANIRE Gauteng Branch is hosting an evening lecture with a technical talk on Current and Future Mass Mining Methods and Options - Challenges and Opportunities
Professor Gideon Chitombo – University of Queensland, Australia
Drinks and snacks will be provided
Sponsors: AEL Mining Services.
Venue: CSIR, Johannesburg
Time: 17H00 for 17H30
Date: 5th December 2013
RSVP to Amma Boaduo before the 3rd December 2013 by clicking on one of the boxes or by e-mail directly to firstname.lastname@example.org
Meet Joma van der Merwe, SANIRE's new Administrator.
Joma van der Merwe is planning to run the SANIRE national office very professionally. She says: "I want this office to be very smooth running, a place members and non-members alike can turn to for answers and great service."
Having completed a three-year payroll diploma in 2012, Joma previously worked as a payroll administrator at Consolidated Murchison Mine.
Her passion in life is rescuing and rehabilitating abused parrots, and she is also the owner of De-Omas, a small-scale specialist clothing import business.
Joma is married to Deon and they adopted their son, Vian, 10 years ago.
She matriculated in Kroonstad and studied at the technical college there, as well as completing several short courses at various institutions over the years.
Joma says: "The most basic choice we have in life is whether to expand or contract, whether to bring our creative and expressive energies out into the world in positive or negative ways. No matter what our circumstances, we have the power to choose our direction."
[Right] Joma van der Merwe, SANIRE's new Administrator.
SANIRE's movers and shakers were recognised at the institute's annual general meeting held at The Village Club at Western Deep Levels on 22 November 2013. Read more about it here.
|Ben Kotze receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award|
|Peter Terbrugge receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award|
|Alan Naismith receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award|
|Mathew Handley receiving the Salamon Award|
The SANIRE Lifetime Achievement Award winners were Peter Terbrugge, Alan Naismith and Ben Kotze. This award is given to long-serving senior rock engineering practitioners who have made significant contribution to the advancement of rock engineering. By virtue of winning this award, Peter, Alan and Ben automatically become Honorary Life Fellows. This brings the number of members in this prestigious SANIRE membership class to 19.
The prestigious Salamon Award was awarded to Matthew Handley, for his paper titled Pre-mining stress model for subsurface excavations in southern Africa. This award is given to the best publication, that is, the paper providing the most advancement and or best practices each year. To read more about this ground-breaking paper, download PDF: http://www.saimm.co.za/Journal/v113n06p449.pdf
The Practitioner of the Year Award was awarded to Deon Louw. This award recognises practicing individuals who are widely recognised by their peers and subordinates for their contribution both in the work place and in the discipline.
Chamber of Mines Rock Engineering and Strata Control examination candidates who obtained the highest marks for each of the papers written also walked away with medals. For each of the papers, the highest score had to be a minimum of 75%. The individuals who came out tops were:
While there is no formal award for new Chamber of Mines Rock Engineering Certificates, recognition was given to the following individuals for their hard work and effort in qualifying for these tickets.
Congratulations also go those who qualified for the Advanced Rock Engineering Certificate: Andries Esterhuizen, Felix Joel and Lawrence Rwodzi.
Last but by no means least, congratulations go to the people who qualified for their Chamber of Mines Strata Control Certificates (names not available at time of publication).
Contact the ACG for a full list of our underground geotechnical literature
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SANIRE branches will soon be asked to nominate a young member to represent the branch on the envisaged South African Young Rock Engineers' Forum (Sayref). Read on to find out what it is all about.
The South African National Institute of Rock Engineering (SANIRE) and the International Society for Rock Mechanics (ISRM) are collaborating to better address the needs of young rock engineers. Good progress is being made towards this and soon it will be over to each SANIRE branch to make this initiative work for its members.
Thus far, the ISRM has commissioned a task group to increase the participation of their young members, starting at national group level.
As paid-up SANIRE members automatically become ISRM members too, each SANIRE branch will soon be asked to nominate a certified member who is 35 years or younger to represent the branch on the envisaged forum, the South African Young Rock Engineers' Forum (Sayref).
This forum will facilitate discussions and come up with ideas to start engaging the younger generation of rock engineers, encouraging them to become involved in the institute and in the greater rock engineering fraternity.
It will also enable recognition of the younger generation by their peers and superiors. Competitions such as the 'Rockbowl', quizzes and sponsorship to attend international conferences are some of the benefits likely to be offered.
A mentorship programme is also envisaged. Sayref will provide a platform for experienced people from the industry to share their expertise and offer guidance to the younger professionals.
Jannie Maritz is SANIRE's representative at the helm of this initiative. He says: "For a start, keep reading Rock Talk. It's where you will find rock talk!"
(Left) Jannie Maritz is SANIRE's representative working on getting Sayref off the ground.
|Best speaker Naomi Ayres at the SANIRE Symposium 2013|
|Guest Speaker Koos talks about support design|
|Delegates at the 2013 Symposium|
|Young practitioners at the 2013 Symposium|
A broad-ranging 2013 SANIRE Symposium emphasised the importance of data and closed with news of a new award aimed specifically at young rock engineering practitioners. Read on to find out more.
Delegates from diverse backgrounds - rock engineers, seismologists, scientists and product suppliers from all over South Africa – gathered at the Meropa Conference Centre in Polokwane, Limpopo, for the 2013 SANIRE symposium. It was hosted by the SANIRE Eastern Bushveld Branch on 7 and 8 November.
The guest speaker, Koos Bosman, opened proceedings with a trip through the history of underground stope support design, from the very early days, when support design was intuitive, through to present-day established practices. A common challenge, as he highlighted, is the lack of geotechnical data for design purposes. In concluding, he suggested that the way around this handicap, and thus a way of catering for unknowns, is to use probabilities of failure and a risk/consequence approach to stope design.
A total of 14 papers were presented. Topics varied from support design under challenging environments, rockfall risk, and different aspects of seismicity to seismic monitoring and innovative approaches to numerical modelling. All papers alluded to the importance of the requirement to collect data and then interpret and understand the data, thus providing the basis for sound rock engineering practice.
The best paper and presenter award went to Naomi Aryes of Impala Platinum for Investigation into performance capability of hydro pre-stressed tendon support. This paper demonstrated, through a series of tests, an investigation into the performance of hydro pre-stressed tendons under combinational loading (tensile and shear) at varying installation angles while taking the influence of geological features into account.
In closing, SANIRE President William Joughin remarked: "It can only be good for the industry if we encourage young rock engineering practitioners to investigate and design, and then present their work at forums such as this."
In support of this statement, a new award, the David Ortlepp Award, was announced. It will be awarded to the best paper presented by a young practitioner (under the age of 35) from 2014. The award will include an all-expenses paid opportunity to go to present the same paper at an international conference anywhere in the world.
If you would like to know more about the syposium proceedings, please click here to download the PDF files.
SANIRE AGM MEETING
22 NOVEMBER 2013
WESTERN DEEP LEVEL - "The village club"
Please confirm you attendance to the AGM meeting before
Wednesday the 20 November 2013.
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We kindly remind that the deadline to submit abstracts to EUROCK 2014 has been extended to October 18. We would appreciate that you participate actively in the Congress by sending a communication, as well as any kind of divulgation you can make among colleagues, students or geomechanical
staff that develops his/her professional activity in universities, construction companies or mines.
Attached is a brochure where you can see the basic facts of the Congress. Click here to open.
More detailed and updated information is available on the website of the Congress http://www.eurock2014.com
The SANIRE Eastern Bushveld Branch will be hosting the annual SANIRE Symposium 'There is no Limit' on the 7th and 8th November 2013 at the Meropa Conference Centre in Polokwane.
Joma van der Merwe has been appointed as SANIRE's new administrator.
New offices have been established at Margaret Water Co. near Klerksdorp,
North West Province. Office hours are Mon - Fri from 8h00 to 13h00.
Please note the new contact details:
c/o Margaret Water Company
1 Stilfontein Road, STILFONTEIN 2551
PO Box 463, Stilfontein 2550
Cell 073 426 5180
Please note the letter and forms for grandfathering of surface mining rock mechanics practitioners. Please follow these links to download the application forms.