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School - Drilling & Blasting

Date 19 February 2010
- 19 February 2010
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

The primary method of production and rock breaking in the South African mining industry is drilling and blasting.

This method of rock breaking has been subjected to continuous improvement both with regard to the technological applied and the practices followed.

To maximize the benefits offered by these new technologies and techniques, it is necessary to review the basic theory of rock breaking, blast design and drilling technology.

Specialized blasting techniques and optimization drilling and blasting will be covered. Best practices will be dealt with and case studies considered illustrating practically how to achieve the greatest benefit.

Emphasis will be placed on the integration of drilling and blasting into the broader mine to mill value chain, in order to reach a true economic optimum for the total mining process.


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Sponsorship Opportunities

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


To equip drilling and blasting practitioners, engineers, supervisors, managers and related function to conduct rock breaking operations in such a way that maximum technical and economic value is created. It is envisaged that after the school, practices and techniques discussed can lead to immediate improvement in the state of drilling and blasting on a mine.

Who Should Attend
The conference should be of value to:

˙ Blast engineers
˙ Drill and blast supervisors
˙ Managers
˙ Procurement officers
˙ People related to mine production

Registration Fees


Early Bird Fees
Before 15 January 2010

Registration Fee
After 15 January 2010

SAIMM Members / Company Affiliate R 4 200 R 4 500
Non - Member R 4 500 R 5 300
Student / Retired Members R 1 500 R 2 000

Please note:
Non-members are entitled to free membership of the SAIMM, up to 30 June 2010, 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


Conference Co-ordinator
SAIMM, P O Box 61127

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

Co-ordinator Email:


Friday 19 February 2010


Stream 1 & 2

Surface Mining
Stream 1

Underground Mining
Stream 2

07:00 - 07:30  Registration
07:30 - 07:40 Introduction
GVR Landman
07:40 - 08:00

Claude Cunningham
University of Witwatersrand

08:00 - 08:40 Explosives 
W de Graaf
University of Pretoria
08:45 - 09:30  Rock breaking - A Science, not an art
J Cruise
John Cruise Mining
09:35 - 10:00 Electronic detonator systems
M Hand
10:00 - 10:30 Tea / Coffee  
10:30 - 11:10 Surface drilling/ equipment
C Deacon
Sandvik Mining and Construction
Underground drilling and equipment
GS Harper
11:10 - 12:30 Surface blast designs
W de Graaf
University of Pretoria
Choosing explosives and initiating
systems for underground metalliferous mines
B Prout
University of Witwatersrand
12:30 - 13:15 Lunch
13:15 - 14:45

Specialised blasting techniques
W de Graaf
University of Pretoria

Underground blasting
J Cruise
John Cruise Mining
14:45 - 15:00 Tea / Coffee
15:00 - 17:00 The economic optimisation of rock breaking
M Stander, V Solomons & m Macnulty
Presented by: Rod Pickering
Anglo Platinum & Victor Solomon & Associates


School Announcement 
School Preliminary Program & Registration Form
Final program
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