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Rock Engineering Of Underground Coal Mining

Date 03 June 2010
- 03 June 2010
Location SA Coal Estates Club, Witbank
Location SA Coal Estates Club, Witbank
We are no longer accepting registration for this event

The first edition of Rock Engineering For Underground Coal Mining was published in 2002 as a joint venture between SIMRAC and the SAIMM. The hard copy of the book was sold out in just a few months.

Apart from being used on the mines by managers and rock engineers, the book is also one of the recommended references for the Certificate of Competency as Mine Manager for coal mines.

There have, over the last years, been considerable interest in a second edition both locally and from overseas coal miners.

Nielen van der Merwe and Bernard Madden have now updated the text and the book is ready for publication as a second edition.

The launch will be accompanied by a one-day refresher school in underground coal mining rock engineering, with the emphasis on the new material that has been added to the book.

The changes for the second edition, apart from correcting the inevitable few printing errors, are the following:

• Chapter on Shallow Mining has been added
• Chapter on Geotechnical Classification has been enhanced
• Linear strength formula has been added
• Life prediction of pillars has been added
• In the appendix on roof support the section on the design procedure for beam creation has been re-written and all formulae are now provided in both the simplified and fundamental versions.
• Several example calculations have been added to the Appendices

Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsorship opportunities are available.
Companies wishing to sponsor or exhibit should contact the Conference Co-ordinator

Jacqui van der Westhuizen
Conference Co-ordinator
SAIMM, P O Box 61127

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

Co-ordinator Email:

Who Should Attend

The school should be of value to:

˙ Rock engineers
˙ Production personnel up to underground manager
˙ Mine planners
˙ Surveyors
˙ DMR inspectors
˙ Geologists

Registration Fees



Registration Fee

R 5 500

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

Registration Fees:
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

09:00 – 09:15 Welcome (SAIMM President)

09:15 – 10:00 Roof Support

10:00 – 10:45 Pillar Design

10:45 – 11:15 Tea / Coffee

11:15 – 12:00 Special Considerations For Shallow Pillar Design

12:00 – 12:45 Shallow Longwall

12:45 – 13:15 Lunch

13:15 – 14:00 Shallow Pillar Extraction

14:00 – 14:45 Multiple Seam Mining

14:45 – 15:15 Tea / Coffee

15:15 – 16:00 Subsidence

16:00 – 16:45 Modeling

17:00 Cocktail Party


Prof Nielen van der Merwe
Dr Bernard Madden


Jacqui van der Westhuizen
Conference Co-ordinator
SAIMM, P O Box 61127

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

Co-ordinator Email:


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