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Slope Stability 2015

Date 12 October 2015
- 14 October 2015
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The Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy in collaboration with the South African National Institute of Rock Engineering are organising the ...



12-14 OCTOBER 2015 | Cape Town Convention Centre, Cape Town

Open pit mines are being planned to increasingly great depths, often beyond the current experience and knowledge base, with the exception perhaps of some very steep and high natural rock slopes. Despite recent advances, there remains significant challenges in understanding the mechanisms of slope behaviour and failure, and methods of stability analysis for such slopes. In an attempt to bring together the state of the art capabilities in these fields, as well as new research and developments, the South African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM) in collaboration with the South African National Institute of Rock Engineering (SANIRE) are organising a specialist international symposium on the Stability of Rock Slopes, to be held in Cape Town in October 2015. Cape Town is considered to be a very appropriate location for the symposium. There is a wide choice of hotels, within a few minutes walk of the symposium venue. In the area there are many steep natural rock slopes, and there are significant hard rock quarries within about an hour's drive. Technical site visits to various natural slopes and the quarries will be arranged.

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

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Sponsorship Opportunities
Companies wishing to sponsor or exhibit should contact the Conference Coordinator
Raymond van der Berg
Tel: (011) 834-1273/7
Fax: (011) 833-8156 or (011) 838-5923

- to document information regarding state of the art rock slope design and
- to gather together the latest information regarding the application of
  probabilistic design and risk analyses of slopes
- to provide information on state of the art slope monitoring and maintenance
- to present valuable, illustrative and interesting case studies.

Who should attend
The symposium will address important developments in design, analysis, excavation and management of rock slopes. The organising committee will aim to provide a programme containing valuable and stimulating information. This should be of interest to:
> Geotechnical - rock engineers and engineering geologists
> All open pit mine personnel
> Mine management
> Consulting engineers
> Road and rail engineers
> Contractors
> Blasting specialists
> Research and academic personnel
> Hydrogeologists
> Manufacturers and suppliers of slope stabilisation equipment
> Slope monitoring and survey specialists
> Manufacturers and suppliers of slope monitoring and survey equipment and
   geotechnical instrumentation
> Government minerals and energy personnel
> Health and safety personnel and officials

Papers are invited on any aspect relevant to rock slopes. The following list of topics provides a guideline:
> Slope design criteria and design methods
> Slope failure mechanisms
> Risk analysis of slopes
> Rock falls-analysis and control
> Numerical stress analysis approaches in slope stability
> Slope monitoring techniques-seismic, radar, laser scanning, GPS, conventional,
> Slope stability as a three dimensional issue
> Slope excavation-latest blasting techniques
> Support and stabilisation of slopes
> Groundwater issues in slope stability
> Slope management
> Financial aspects and slope stability
> Case studies.

Call for papers
The Conference is being organised by The Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, and papers are invited for the Conference.

Prospective authors are invited to submit titles and abstracts of their papers, in English. The abstracts should be no longer than 500 words and should be submitted to:
Raymond van der Berg
Tel: (011) 834-1273/7
Fax: (011) 833-8156 or (011) 838-5923

Key Dates & Publication
23 January 2015           Submission of abstracts

30 January 2015           Acceptance of abstracts

06 March 2015              Submission of final paper

12-14 October 2015      Symposium

Please note:
1) All accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings.
2) Selected papers will be published in the Journal of the Southern African
    Institute of Mining and Metallurgy.

Registration Fees
Please note:
Non-members are entitled to free membership of the SAIMM, up to 30 June
    2014, for attending this event
2) Registration fee does not include accommodation
3) Prepayment is required for all Registration Fees on or before the date of the
4) Delegates who have not paid will not be permitted to attend the event 

Raymond van der Berg
Head of Conferencing
Tel: (011) 834-1273/7
Fax: (011) 833-8156 or (011) 838-5923