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Rock Engineering For Managers In Hard Rock Tabular Mines School

Date 01 June 2011
- 02 June 2011
Location Misty Hills Conference Centre, Cradle Of Humankind, Gauteng
Location Misty Hills Conference Centre, Muldersdrift, Cradle of Humankind, Johannesburg
We are no longer accepting registration for this event

Rock related accidents remain one of the major causes of injuries and fatalities in South African hard rock tabular mines. These accidents can also have a significant economic impact on operations. It is therefore imperative that managers, planners, and mine inspectors are aware of the critical aspects of current rock engineering practice.

This school will provide a comprehensive summary of current rock engineering practice and will highlight the critical aspects that managers need to consider during design and operation.


On behalf of the SAIMM and the organising committee we would like to thank the following sponsors for their invaluable contribution:




Conference Folder Sponsorship:



Sponsorship Opportunities

The following sponsorship opportunities are available:

  1. Cocktail Sponsor – R15 000
  2. Delegate Folder – R15 000
  3. Pens &  Pads - R10 000
  4. Exhibition- R15 000

Companies wishing to sponsor or exhibit should contact the Conference Coordinator

Conference Co-ordinator
Raymond van der Berg
SAIMM, P O Box 61127

Tel: (011) 834-1273/7
Fax: (011) 833-8156 or (011) 838-5923
Co-ordinator Email: e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Sponsorship Package details can be downloaded in download section below




To inform and update managers and senior mining personnel of the critical aspects of current rock engineering practice in hard rock tabular mines.


Organising Committee 

Conference Committee Chairman
William Joughin


Who should attend

The conference should be of interest to the following people:

• Mine Managers
• Mining Engineers
• Mine Planners
• Inspectors
• Union Representatives
• Rock Engineering Practitioners

Preliminary Programme

Wednesday 1 June 2011

SESSION 1: Geology and rock mechanics fundamentals

07:30–08:00         Registration and Coffee

08:00–08:10         Opening Address President

08:10–09:10         Geology and the hard rock mining environment
Trevor Rangasamy, Middindi Consulting

09:10–10:10         Design philosophy and design criteria in rock mechanics
Matthew Handley, Independent  Consultant

10:10–10:30         Mid-Morning Refreshments

SESSION 2: Legal aspects, design process,education and training

10:30–11:15:        Brief exposition of the South African law relating to criminal and civil liability of the    
                             employer and rock engineer and related matters
Pieter Colyn, Brink, Cohen and Le Roux Inc.

11:15–12:00         Design and implementation process flow
Riaan Carstens, AngloGold Ashanti 

12:00–12:30         Rock mechanics training requirements
Johan Hanekom, Middindi Consulting

12:30–13:30         Lunch

SESSION 3: Rock engineering aspects of mining layout and support design

13:30–14:15         Rock mechanics aspects of bushveld mining layout and support design
Noel Fernandes, Impala Platinum

14:15–15:00         Rock mechanics aspects of deep gold mining layout and support design
Sean Murphy, AngloGold Ashanti

15:00–15:20         Mid-Afternoon Refreshments

SESSION 4: Rock related accidents and risk

15:20–15:50         Rock related safety in South African mines—are we making progress?
Duncan Adams, Independent Consultant

15:50–16:20         Risk in rock engineering design
William Joughin, SRK Consulting

16:20–16:30         End of day summary

16:30                    Cocktail Party

Thursday 2 June 2011

SESSION 5: Rock engineering investigation

07:30–08:00         Registration and Coffee

08:00–09:00         Geotechnical investigations
Robert Armstrong, SRK Consulting

09:00–10:00         Rock testing and mechanical properties of rocks
Halil Yilmaz, The University of the Witwatersrand

10:00–10:20         Mid-Morning Refreshments

SESSION 6: Instrumentation and monitoring

10:20–11:20         Rockmass instability monitoring—expectations and benefits
Friedemann Essrich, SiM Mining Consultants

11:20–12:20         The use of instrumentation to understand rock mass Behaviour
Francois Malan, Groundwork

12:20–13:20         Lunch

SESSION 7: Rock engineering design

13:20–14:20         Pillar behaviour and pillar design
Greg More O’Ferral, SRK Consulting

14:20–15:20         Support behaviour and support design
Mike Roberts, TWP

15:20–15:40         Mid-Afternoon Refreshments

SESSION 8: Rock engineering modelling—applications

15:40–16:40         Rock engineering modelling—applications
William Joughin, SRK Consulting

16:40–16:45         Chairman’s closing remarks - End of Conference

Registration Fees




Registration Fee  SAIMM Members

R  5 500


Registration Fee – Non SAIMM Members

R  5 900


Registration Fee – Student/ Retired Members

R  2 000



Please note:
Non-members are entitled to free membership of the SAIMM, up to 30 June 2011, for attending this event

Registration Fees:

Please Note:
Registration fee does not include accommodation
Prepayment is required for all Registration Fees on or before the date of the event.
Delegates who have not paid will not be permitted to attend the event 

Conference Registration form may be downloaded from the download section below



The conference will be hosted at the Misty Hills Conference Centre, which is located in the Cradle of Humankind in Muldersdrift.

For more information visit:

Please Note:
Registration fee does not include accommodation
Conference Registration form may be downloaded from download section below



Conference Co-ordinator
SAIMM, P O Box 61127

Tel: (011) 834-1273/7
Fax: (011) 833-8156 or (011) 838-5923

Co-ordinator Email:


The following items may be downloaded from the download section below:

1) First Announcement & Preliminary Programme & Registration Form
2) Sponsorship Opportunity Form