Events – 2017

Conferences related to mining and geomechanics from 2017.

  • Mon
    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’. Mining has traditionally been a mainstay of African economies, while Oil and Gas industries are rapidly growing throughout Africa. Infrastructure is being developed to support these industries. Rock engineering design is and therefore will continue to be essential for the growth of the continent. Prior to the conference, the ISRM Board, Council and Commission meetings will take place. Technical visits are being arranged for after the conference.

    Conference brochure here.


    • Fracture and damage of rocks
    • Numerical modelling
    • Constitutive models
    • Rock mechanics data
    • Instrumentation and monitoring
    • Petroleum rock mechanics
    • Ground support
    • Subsidence
    • Risk in rock engineering design
    • Crustal stress and earthquakes
    • Radioactive waste disposal
    • Ground consolidation
    • Specialised blasting to minimise rock damage
    • Testing methods
    • Rock mechanics in underground mines
    • Slope stability
    • Caving mechanics
    • Design of tunnels and caverns
    • Mechanics of fracking
    • Mine seismicity and rockbursts
    • Underground nuclear plants.

    More information about this event…

  • Wed
    Sudbury, Ontario, Canada

    Following on from the very successful Seventh International Conference on Deep and High Stress Mining held in Sudbury in 2014, attended by more than 300 mining professionals, the Australian Centre for Geomechanics and Associate Professor Marty Hudyma are delighted to host the First International Conference on Underground Mining Technology (UMT 2017) at the Radisson Hotel Sudbury in October 2017.

    Ongoing research and innovations in underground mining technologies continually assist operations to significantly improve their productivity, cost efficiency and, most importantly, their health and safety records, whilst reducing their environmental impact.

    Over the last decades, advances such as paste fill have enabled fast turn-over of stopes and new mining sequences; electronic detonators have facilitated very large and complicated blasts; new mine equipment is more productive and safer to operate; seismic and other monitoring systems allow the mine to keep track of the ground response in real time. There are no longer limitations to communication systems underground ­– tablets and Wi-Fi are even available in some mines.

    Underground mining technology has enabled many mines to access the Earth’s valuable resources at great depths. In Sudbury alone, five mines are currently operating at depths of greater than 1.5 km.

    This inaugural event will provide opportunities for underground mining practitioners to explore the latest mining technologies and methodologies which will drive industry into the future.


    • Mine planning and design
    • Geomechanics
    • Drilling and blasting
    • Ventilation
    • Mine fill
    • Mine equipment and automation
    • Shaft sinking
    • Mine economics
    • Exploration and orebody modelling
    • Computer applications
    • Communications and instrumentation

    More information about this event…

  • Sun
    Seattle, Washington, USA

    A highlight will be the Seattle-area geology: Glaciation, deposition, tectonics, crustal deformation, unconformities, erosion, bedrock structures, and drumlins.

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  • Wed
    Santiago, Chile

    9th Symposium on Rockbursts and Seismicity in MInes

    The 9th Symposium on Rockbursts and Seismicity in Mines entitled "Rock Mass Response to Mining and Underground Construction" will be held in South America. The Symposium will take place in Santiago, Chile, from 15 to 17 of November 2017. The event will provide an excellent opportunity for the exchange of new ideas and experiences on topics related to mine planning, design and geomechanics. The Symposium is organized by the Department of Mining Engineering and the Advanced Mining Technology Center of the University of Chile in conjunction with others Chilean institutions.

    Conference Themes

    • Seismic hazard
    • Pasive and active seismicity
    • Mechanism of seismic events and rockbursts
    • Acquisition, processing and interpretation of seismic data
    • Induced and tectonic seismicity
    • Integration of modeling, mine planning and design
    • Mining and construction under high stress conditions
    • Rock mass preconditioning
    • Dynamic support
    • Laboratory studies
    • Case studies

    More information about this event…