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Mine Planning School 2012

Date 04 September 2012
- 05 September 2012
Location Mine Design Lab, Chamber of Mines Building, The University of Witwatersrand
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SAIMM and University of the Witwatersrand School of Mining Engineering are hosting the ....

Mine Planning School

4-5 September 2012

New Mine Design Lab, Chamber of Mines Building
The University of the Witwatersrand

The University of the Witwatersrand, School of Mining Engineering has a Mine Design Laboratory with 100 computers. The SAIMMʼs Mine Planning Forum has clearly highlighted the limitations in currently available mine planning skills.


The organising committee would like to thank the following sponsors for their invaluable contribution:

 Minerp       Micromine corp_medium 

Sponsorship Opportunities
Companies wishing to sponsor or exhibit should contact the Conference Coordinator
Raymond van der Berg
Conference Co-ordinator
SAIMM, P O Box 61127
Tel: (011) 834-1273/7
Fax: (011) 833-8156 or (011) 838-5923
Co-ordinator Email:

Using a backdrop of a generic description of the mine planning process, provide a platform for the mine planning fraternity to explore best practices and share experiences. This will be focused on creating a learning experience to increase planning competencies.

This will be supplemented by presentations on best practice and displays of state of the art mine planning tools.

Who should attend

* Mine planners and practitioners
* Mine designers
* Technical support
* Cost and financial modelers
* Chief planners
* Mineral resource managers
* Mine managers responsible for planning
* Consultants
* Independent mine planning consultants

The following topics will be featured in the school:
- Mine planning as a multi-disciplinary process
- Mine design and scheduling in different mining environments
- Technical support modelling (e.g. Eng, Rock Eng and Vent)
- Cost modelling and optimisation
- Presentations by practitioners with real models on Mineral Resource
- Management and Mineral Asset Management.

Preliminary Programme

Tuesday 4th September 2012

07:00-08:00      Registration & Early Morning Refreshments

08:00-08:05      Emergency procedures of the University of the Witwatersrand

08:05-08:20      Welcome-Keynote Speaker
                           Interpreting the link between mine planning and the national mining
                           law and policy developments in SA: Implications for the mine planning
                           Prof. Fred Cawood

08:20-08:35      SAIMM President Address
                           Dr Gordon Smith

08:35-09:00      Strategic long term planning in mining

09:00-09:25      Open group exploration and mining reference model

09:25-09:50      Planning protocol and mining methods

09:50-10:15      Tea Break

10:15-10:40      Optimisation in mine planning: Navigating through the mathematics
                           and algorithms

10:40-11:05      Optimisation in mine planning: Navigating through the mathematics
                           and algorithms

11:05-11:30       Levels of Business Planning for mining

11:30-11:55       Mine Planning at South Deep

11:55-12:10       Sponsor Presentation-Gemcom

12:10-13:10       Lunch

13:10-13:35       Tanzanian open pit gold

13:35-14:00       Coal-open pit

14:00-14:25       AngloGold tunnel boring

14:25-14:40       Sponsor Presentation-Micromine

14:40-15:20       Closing Remarks

15:30-18:00       Cocktail Function-Sponsored by Micromine

Wednesday 5th September 2012

07:00-08:00        Registration & Early Morning Refreshments

08:00-08:05         Emergency procedures of the University of the Witwatersrand

08:05-08:30         Mine-to-mill and stockpile planning

08:30-08:55         Planning the Venetia Mine open pit to underground transition

08:55-09:20         Waste deposition Planning at Venetia Mine

09:20-09:45         Coal-underground

09:45-10:00          Sponsor Presentation-CAE Mining

10:00-10:25          Tea Break

10:25-10:50          Mineral throughput management

10:50-11:15          Risk management in mine planning

11:15-11:40          What happens when planning goes wrong?

11:40-11:55          Sponsor Presentation-Runge

11:55-13:00           Lunch

13:00-13:15          Wits MRM and mine planning certification

13:15-13:40          MSc/PhD Software database

13:40-14:05          Mineral Asset Management: Planning for risk and value

14:05-14:20          Sponsor Presentation-MineRP

14:20-14:35          Closing Remarks

Registration Fees

SAIMM Member/ Company/ Affiliate    R 3 500-00
Non- Member  R 3 999-00
Student / Retired Members  R 2 000-00

Non-members are entitled to free membership of the SAIMM, up to 30 June 2013 for attending this event

Registration Fees:
- Registration fee does not include accommodation
- Prepayment is required for all Registration Fees on or before the date of the event.

Cameron Nagel
Conference Co-ordinator
SAIMM, P O Box 61127
Tel: (011) 834-1273/7
Fax: (011) 833-8156 or (011) 838-5923
Co-ordinator Email: