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

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.


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


  • 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


Booking Proceedure

To make accomodation bookings please contact:

Senior Groups & Events Co-ordinator | Recreation Africa Leisure Industries | E Mail | Tel 011 950 6193
Muldersdrift Estate, 69 Drift Boulevard (R114), Muldersdrift, 1747 |

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


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

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.


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


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

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 ….


*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 (

  • 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


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.

Photo Catgeory

First Prize: Dewald Lamprecht

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Second Prize: Jeanne Walls

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Third Prize: Denisha Sewnun

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Video Catgeory

First Prize: Adriaan van Zyl

See the video here...

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