The current version of SANS 1534:2004 (1.4) has been in practice since 2004. Since then quite a few changes have occurred within the mining industry. An attempt was made to start the reviewal process of this Standard in 2009, but this reviewal process never came to completion. A renewed effort was made in 2015 when it came to light that the current South African Bureau of Standards (SABS) has only been conducting partial testing against the standard for renewing the product Mark. They subsequently halted all audits and testing for certification to this standard.

The reasoning for the stoppage was based on the fact that  the test block used by SABS was full, and they were not able to obtain a new certified test block. A technical reason for the stoppage is that industry has moved away from a 19mm diameter capsule, and this was the only specified capsule for pull testing in the current standard.

The suppliers contacted SABS to expedite the review of the Standard to align it with current practice in the industry, as well as to protect the integrity of the Standard due to it essentially regulating a safety critical product being used for underground mining roof support.

The focus for the review was a change in the pull test methodology, including revised specifications that would enable any size of capsule to be tested in future. The new method also does not require a certified concrete block but was instead based on laboratory short encapsulation pull test pipes, which has become an accepted standard test practice.

Other minor syntax changes were made, and with added experience since 2004, changes to the description and specifications of dual speed products, length and rigidity were also affected.

The technical committee reviewing this standard has effectively finalised it, the committee comprised of both manufacturers, technical experts and end users. The SABS also stated that they have circulated the draft standard to Mining technical personnel during the review process, and that they have included the comments made by these individuals.

The final draft Standard was submitted to the SABS editors at the end of 2017. Proposed editorial changes were requested and finalised in February 2018. In March 2018the Standard was reported to still be with the editors, after which it will be circulated for public comment. The current feedback with the SABS states that the document will be released on the 11th July 2018 for comment over a 60-day window.

The current risk which faces the industry is that there is no practical standard for the certification of resin capsule manufacturing and performance in place, which poses a safety risk as new resin capsule suppliers are supplying resin capsules to the industry without certification (current standard) and no knowledge of the proposed changes to the standard.

Any assistance in the expediting of the issue of the new revised SANS 1534:2017/8 Standard would be greatly appreciated.

Dear SANIRE Member

It is again that time of year where you are required to nominate that someone in your district doing more than what was asked, going further than was planned, given more than was required.  That one member who really stands out.

We are looking for nominations in both the Practitioner and Rockstar of the year categories.  Below you would find a description of these awards as was published in our latest newsletter.


Practitioners Award
This is awarded to practising Rock Engineers who made a sustained practical contribution in the workplace, but is not necessarily inclined to publication and presentation at conferences or meetings. The contribution of these individuals is recognised by their peers and colleagues although not necessarily celebrated on the operations. Their effort is considerable in providing safety related or a notable impact in the workplace. Nominations can consist of individuals at any level within the Rock Engineering department. Typically one award a year will be given to a deserving individual, although at the discretion of the SANIRE Council. Previous recipients of the award can be re-nominated and can therefore again be awarded with this accolade.
Criteria:
Nominations for this award will be called for by the respective Branch Chairperson during the period from January to July each year. Candidates should be Associate Members or Members of SANIRE. Motivations should be done in writing detailing the individual’s contributions. The nominations will be reviewed and approved by the Council members. Also, the achievements of the recipients of this award should be recognised by clients or peers.
Award:
The award, consisting of a certificate, trophy and a 1 oz Silver Kruger Rand, will be presented by the SANIRE President during the AGM.


Rockstar award
The award is given to up and coming “younger generation” Strata Control Officers or Rock Engineers. The intent is to acknowledge the valuable work individuals are doing on their operations to improve systems, technologies, mining practices and applications. These candidates are working towards making a name for themselves in industry and through their interventions and participation is recognised by peers and colleagues. Typically one award a year will be given to a deserving individual, although at the discretion of the SANIRE Council. Previous recipients of the award can be re-nominated and can therefore again be awarded with this accolade.
Criteria:
Nominations for this award will be called for by the respective Branch Chairperson during the period from January to July each year. Candidates should be Associate Members or Members of SANIRE and must be 35 years of age or younger. Motivations should be done in writing detailing the individual’s contributions. The nominations will be reviewed and approved by the Council members. Also, the achievements of the recipients of this award should be recognised by clients or peers.
Award:
The award, consisting of a certificate, trophy and a 1 oz Silver Kruger Rand, will be presented by the SANIRE President during the AGM.


Branches should submit their nomination to their branch chairperson who needs to put forward one candidate from the branch to council.  Nominations from branch chairpersons should be received by latest 31 July 2018. The winner will be informed via the SANIRE desk and invited to receive his/her award at the planned 2018 AGM, Friday 31 Aug 2018 at Ruimsig Country Club.

Rock on!

The President and Council of the South African National Institute of Rock Engineering
cordially invite members to attend the
Annual General Meeting 2018

Date:    Friday, 31 August 2018
Venue:    Ruimsig Country Club, 165 Hole-in-One-Avenue, Roodepoort, 1724, South Africa, GOOGLE MAPS
Time:    Registrations starts at 7:30 am – Meeting at 9:30
RSVP:    Before 15 August 2017 to Pogisho Tlhako at info@sanire.co.za

Exhibition space available for interested companies.

DOWNLOAD PDF INVITATION...  pdf SANIRE AGM Invitation 2018 (313 KB)

Sanire 2018 AGM

Dear Members
 
Please follow the links to the latest quarterly newsletter.

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This is your newsletter and I would like to hear from you. If you have any information or stories that we can use, please submit them via email to alida.hartzenberg@lonmin.com

Your feedback will be highly appreciated.

Alida Hartzenberg

During the recent EUROCK 2018, held in St Petersburg, Russia, some of the South African delegates visited a basement rock pub for some evening wine and dine. It was while sitting there, looking at the artist and band names painted on the walls and ceiling that I thought of the South African bank slogan: “What’s your next?” Some of those bands will never be known by the current generation, let alone the next. And the question still stands; “What were their next?” This stayed in mind and the long haul back to South Africa made me realise that we are sometimes so caught up in the long-term goal that we forget what the next step is. Do not get me wrong, we need the goal, the finish line, the end, and the des-tination. However, getting there might need some adjustments, from time to time. I am led to believe that, even as a plane has a final destination planned, it is off-course about 95% of the time and needs adjustments to get there.

Recent developments

William Joughin attended the TuniRock 2018 (Advances in Rock Mechanics) ISRM specialised conference, together with Dr Luis Lamas (Secretary of the ISRM) and Dr Eda Freitas de Qaudros (ISRM President), in Hammamet, Tuni-sia from March 29 to 31, 2018. The conference was organised by the Tunisian Society for Rock Mechanics and chaired by their president, Prof. Essaieb Hamdi. It was a successful conference, attended by delegates from Tunisia, Algeria, Libya, South Africa, Brazil, Portugal, Italy and France. The Tunisian national group has been a member of the ISRM since December 2012 and is largely focussed on numerical modelling in the civil industry. Tunisia is a beautiful country with a long history. Tours to the El Jem amphitheatre and Carthage roman archaeological sites were arranged.

Full Name: Thovhedzo Gcuda

Position: Chief Rock Engineer

Company / Organisations: Wesizwe Bakubung Mine

Date and Place of Birth: 23 April

Education:

  • 2004: Matric, Todani Secondary School
  • 2005-2008: BSc Engineering in Mining, University of the Witwatersrand
  • 2009: Strata Control Certificate - Chamber of Mines
  • 2010: Blasting Certificate - Department of Mineral Resources (DMR)
  • 2013: Computer skills and Numerical Modeling Software, Advanced Micro-station, Map3D, IMS Van-tage, Phase 2, Map2D, J-block, Dips, Riskeval, Advanced Microsoft Office Excel and Microsoft Project.
  • 2014: Assessor Certificate - Mining Qualifications Authority (MQA)
  • 2014: Moderator Certificate - Mining Qualifications Authority (MQA)
  • 2015: Social Network Marketing - Success Resource South Africa
  • 2017: COM Rock Mechanics Certificate (for Metalliferous Mines) - Chamber of Mines

First Job: Rock Engineer Graduate

By G.C. More O’Ferrall

Introduction

I find the title of this article rather apt, as mining in Africa has had, and will still have, many challenges – political, logistical, technical (skills and technology), communal, environmental, etc. Each of these could very easily form sep-arate, lengthy articles/publications; however, this article very vaguely hints on a few of these. From a personal per-spective, me being an African, I commenced my career on Vaal Reefs Gold Mine (in Orkney), then moved to Lonmin Platinum (Marikana) before going into the mining consulting industry with SRK (Johannesburg), TetraTech Wardrop, AMEC and AMC in Vancouver (Canada). I have now worked for First Quantum Minerals Limited’s Zam-bian operations in the North-West province of Zambia for the past 15 months (although still residing in Vancou-ver). Hence the title, (Still) Enduring the Challenge of Mining in Africa.

Full Name: Michael Rory Conal Kevane

Position: Rock Engineering Manager

Company / Organisations: Lonmin

Date and Place of Birth: 20 April 1958, Harare, Zimbabwe

Education: NDT (Mining)(Wits); CoMAREC; GDE (Min. Eng.); B.Comm (Bus. Man.)

First Job: Learner Official (Mining)

Personal Best Achievement/s: Provincial Swimming Colours; Rescue Brigade (Proto) 10 yrs.

Philosophy of Life: Love, Integrity, Friendship, Enthusiasm

Favourite Food/Drink: Seafood, Red Wine

Favourite Sport: Gym

Dear members,

To ensure that we have an appropriate process in place which addresses the needs of all our members, SANIRE has launched the new on-line electronic practical examination registration portal via our website. This will cater for both the registration of the Rock Engineering and Strata Control practical exams. The intent of the system is to ensure that SANIRE can administer the registration process to make sure that any potential irregularities are ruled out in future. All of the practicals will be co-ordinated at central ven-ues to cater for all of the candidate’s needs.

Dear SANIRE Members,
 
It is with great sadness that we wish to inform our members of the passing of Oskar Steffen who passed away last week.  Most of us will remember him for the huge contribution he brought and his commitment towards a better industry.  Our condolences goes out to his family and friends during this time of grieve.

isrmDear ISRM Members and Rock Mechanics Colleagues,

For the 22nd ISRM Online Lecture the ISRM invited Professor Håkan Stille, from Sweden. The title of the lecture is “Rock grouting-theories in practical application”. It will be broadcast on Thursday, 28th June, at 10 AM GMT and will remain availab le in a dedicated webpage.

Prof. Hakan StilleProfessor Håkan Stille has a distingusihed carrier both in the academia and in consulting. He is Professor Emeritus of Soil and Rock Mechanics in the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, where he taught from 1986 to 2010. Previous from joining the academia he worked as a consulting geotechnical engineer at Hagconsult AB, from 1969 to 1984 and then as head of the soil and rock mechanical group and later Vice-president of Skanska Technique. From 2010 to the present he has been member of dispute boards or witness expert in major claims and an independent consultant in geotechnical engineering, responsible for the geotechnical design or member of the board of experts for infrastructure projects in nineteen countries in all continents.

It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Norman Harte, an industry and Shaft Sinkers icon. Norman passed away on Friday 4 May after a long illness.

A Geologist by profession, Norman joined Shaft Sinkers in 1974 as the 'Company Geologist'.

He played an instrumental role in the planning and execution of most of the Shaft Sinkers projects over the years that he was with Shaft Sinkers.

Retirement was a concept Norman did not understand at all and this resulted in him having a working career spanning 44 years with t he Company, eventually slowing down at the age of 85 to working only a few days a week.

Norman was a fountain of knowledge and was regarded as a global expert on mining matters and geology, often writing and presenting academic papers on mining. Norman was always incredibly willing to share his knowledge with others. He made an immense contribution to our Shaft Sinkers body of knowledge and sinking methodologies.

His love for rocks extended beyond Geology and, in his younger years, he did rock climbing as a hobby together with photography. In his later years, his hobby moved to walking and woodwork.

Norman is survived by his three daughters, Caroline, Alison and Penelope, his sister Shirley and his brother Geoff. Our condolences go to his family and friends.

Norman will be sorely missed. Funeral arrangements will be communicated once received.

12 January 1988- 5 May 2018

On behalf of SANIRE, let me pass our deepest condolences on the recent passing of a dear friend and colleague Tiaan Eloff.

To say Tiaan was a larger than life character would be an understatement. He will always be remembered for his vibrant personality and zest for life, living life to the fullest. Tiaan was an exceptional Rock Engineering practitioner and was working at Glencore Western Chrome Mine until 2017 before realising his dream of starting his Rock Engineering consultancy. Tiaan enjoyed the outdoors and socializing with friends. He touched the lives of many people and he will be sorely missed. At this time, our thoughts are with his mother Elmarie Eloff, his sister Janke Eloff and close friend and mentor Wouter van Aarde.

Jannie Maritz
President

deep mining 2018

Download: Deep and High Stress Announcement 06082018.pdf


The Ninth International Conference on Deep and High Stress Mining (Deep Mining 2019) will be held at the Misty Hills Conference Centre, Muldersdrift, Johannesburg on the 24th and 25th of June 2019. This series of international conferences has previously been hosted in Australia, South Africa, Canada and Chile. Around the world, mines are getting deeper and the challenges of stress damage, squeezing ground and rockbursts are ever present. Mining methods and support systems have evolved slowly to improve the management of excavation damage and safety of personnel, but still damage occurs and personnel get injured. Techniques for modelling and monitoring have been adapted and enhanced to help us understand rock mass behaviour under high stress. Many efficacious dynamic support products have been developed, but our understanding of the demand and capacity of support systems remains uncertain.

Objective

To create an international forum for discussing the challenges associated with deep and high stress mining and to present advances in technology.

Who should attend

  • Rock engineering practitioners
  • Mining Engineers
  • Researchers
  • Academics

Call for papers

Prospective authors are invited to submit titles and abstracts of their papers, in English. The abstracts should be no longer than 500 words and should be submitted to:

Head of Conferencing, Camielah Jardine
Telephonic enquiries may be made at:
Tel: +27 (11) 834-1273/7
Facsimile +27 (11) 838-5923 or
E-mail: camielah@saimm.co.za

Topics

  • Fracture and damage of rocks
  • Seismicity and rockbursts
  • Numerical modelling
  • Big data and analytics in rock engineering
  • Instrumentation and monitoring
  • Ground support
  • Risk in rock engineering design
  • Squeezing ground

Key dates

14 November 2018 Submission of abstracts
1 December 2018 Acceptance of abstracts
31 January 2019 Submission of papers
24–25 June 2019 Conference

Accomodation

Booking Proceedure

To make accomodation bookings please contact:

MELANIE SHIPWAY
Senior Groups & Events Co-ordinator | Recreation Africa Leisure Industries | E Mail melanie@rali.co.za | Tel 011 950 6193
Muldersdrift Estate, 69 Drift Boulevard (R114), Muldersdrift, 1747 | www.recreationafrica.co.za

Available Accommodation

Accommodation: Based on bed and breakfast basis
Deluxe rooms
Singles @ R1,644.00 per night
Twins or doubles @ R1,036.00 per person per night sharing

Super Deluxe rooms
Singles @ R1,686.00 per night
Twins or doubles @ R1,063.00 per person per night sharing

Suites – Junior suites, Classic suites or executives suites
Singles @ R2,398.00 per night
Twins or doubles @ R1,511.00 per person per night sharing

Contact

Head of Conferencing, Camielah Jardine
Telephonic enquiries may be made at:
Tel: +27 (11) 834-1273/7
Facsimile +27 (11) 838-5923 or
E-mail:

deep mining 2018 supported

The Western Bushveld branch will be hosting Strata control practical examinations for SANIRE members working in the area.. All candidates interested in participating in the practical exams must register on the SANIRE website.
 
Note that the exams will be split into 2 areas due to the geographic locations.

  • Practical (North) will be hosted by Amandelbult. The exam will take place on 19 April 2018
  • Practical (South) will be hosted by Lonmin on 3 May 2018.

The registration process will only allow for registration for the area. Please select Western Bushveld branch. Candidates will only be able to participate in one of the 2 events. Candidates who have participated in any other recent practical exams (past 6 months) will not be able to register. The facilitators of the practicals will contact registered candidates to communicate further details.

For candidates to successfully register for the exam, there are compulsory requirements. These also include having passed the SCO theory exam, paying a R500 registration fee, and being a member of SANIRE.

Registration for these events will close on Friday 13 April 2018.

REGISTER HERE >>>

Dear Members
 
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This is your newsletter and I would like to hear from you. If you have any information or stories that we can use, please submit them via email to alida.hartzenberg@lonmin.com

Your feedback will be highly appreciated.

Alida Hartzenberg

When looking at your newly acquired smartphone, that red dot with a numerical value, for some, might be meaningless. For me, suffering with a mild case of FOMO*, I cannot stand it if my phone displays all the notifications on updates, new text messages or unread mails. I need to know what has changed. On an app upgrade, I therefore read the upgrade notes made on the application. I fear missing out on a special feature that will make my life better or easier.

This brings me to message that I would like to leave you with. You will not know what you miss if you do not know what you have. The upgrade from Ver1.0 to Ver2.0 will not bother you if you only downloaded Ver3.0. Once downloaded, you get the full capacity of the new app. In training and life, on the contrary, it does not work that way. Once you “downloaded” your certificate, it does not necessarily provide you with the experience, which unfortunately comes with time. Forty years’ experience, takes forty years – even in the new technology age where the technology gets replaced every 6 months. The question raised here is how do we stay abreast. In life, we need to learn from the past, and how that and our current status will influence the next UPDATE.

Each of us has the responsibility, believe it or not, to UPDATE our companies to a better environment for the sake of each other and the next generation. If we check our desks and To-Do-Lists, we will find some areas that could do with an UPDATE, and even in some cases, a DELETE. We need to know where to aim our energy and where to cut back. In order to reach your destination, you first need to know where you are.

In order to achieve your goals for 2018, consider the words of a famous South African Bank – “What is your next ...?” If you know what you want, determine what you need to do next to get yourself closer to that goal on a daily basis. Keeping STATUS QUO is LOSING GROUND.

To all members of SANIRE, may 2018 be a blessed year. To those attempting exams this year, good luck. To those looking for appointments, good luck. To those currently appointed, GOOD LUCK. May 2018 bring to each member the prosperity that we strive for and the health to pursue this with all our energy.

Keep those red dot numbers down ….

Jannie

*FOMO – Fear Of Missing Out

Recent developments

A reminder of decisions approved at the ISRM Council meeting, held at AfriRock 2017:

  • The full name of the society has changed to the “International Society of Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering”, but the acronym will remain “ISRM”.
  • Prof. Reşat Ulusay was elected as the next ISRM President. He will start his term of office after the 14th Inter-national Congress of the ISRM, which will take place in Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil, in 2019.

Online lectures

Two ISRM Online Lectures are available for viewing on or downloading from the ISRM website (www.isrm.net):

  • 19th Online lecture: Professor Xia-Ting Feng – Rockbursts at deep tunnels
  • 20th Online lecture: Professor Milton Kanji: – Dam Foundations affected by Geological Aspects

The 21st Online lecture will be presented on the 15th March by Professor Laura Pyrak-Nolte and will be on geo-physical characterisation of fractures.

ISRM Conferences

The following ISRM Conferences are scheduled:

Event title Start date End date Country City
1st International Conference on Advances in Rock Mechanics 2018-03-29 2018-03-31 Tunisia Hammamet
EUROCK 2018 - the ISRM European Rock Mechanics Symposium 2018-05-22 2018-05-26 Russia Saint Pe-
RockDyn-3 - 3rd International Conference on Rock Dynamics and Applications - an ISRM Specialised Conference 2018-06-26 2018-06-27 Norway Trondheim
VIII Brazilian Rock Mechanics Symposium 2018-08-28 2018-09-01 Brazil Salvador
ARMS10 - the ISRM 10th Asian Rock Mechanics Symposium 2018-10-29 2018-11-03 Singapore Singapore
2019 Rock Dynamics Summit in Okinawa 2019-05-07 2019-05-11 Japan Okinawa
ISRM 14th International Congress on Rock Mechanics 2019-09-13 2019-09-18 Brazil Foz do Iguaçu
YSRM2019 - the 5th ISRM Young Scholars’ Symposium on Rock Mechanics and REIF2019 - International Symposium on Rock Engineering for Innovative Future 2019-12-01 2019-12-04 Japan Okinawa
EUROCK 2020 - Hard Rock Excavation and Support - an ISRM regional Symposium 2020-06-00 2020-06-00 Norway Trondheim

Full Name: Dewald Adriaan Wynand Lamprecht

Position: Unit Manager Rock Engineer

Company/ Organisations: Sibanye-Stillwater – Driefontein BU1 (1# & 6#)

Date and Place of Birth: 17 October 1986, Randfontein

Education: FMDP, COMSOC 1, COM SCC, COM REC

First Job: Top Vending – Driver

Personal Best Achievement/s: Obtaining my Rock Engineering Certificate

Philosophy of Life: Never judge anyone; you never know what they went through in life.

Favourite Food/Drink: Medium rib eye steak with mash and vegetables, together with and a glass of wine.