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Tunnel and Raise Boring : SANCOT

Date 31 January 2012
- 31 January 2012
Location Misty Hills Conference Centre, Muldersdrift, Johannesburg
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Tunnel and Raise Boring

31 January 2012
Misty Hills, Muldersdrift, Johannesburg

Increased pressure for dramatic improvements in safety from stakeholders in the South African mining industry has created the objective of eliminating exposure to possible harm (risk exposure). Clearly, the ability to use machinery to realise this objective is an obvious route for the industry to pursue with greater vigour than before.

Raise boring has been successfully and effectively used in mining for many years in excavations, generally at inclinations greater than 45°. Technologies to bore at inclinations as low as 30° are well advanced.

Tunnel boring is now a widely adopted method of excavating tunnels in the civil construction industry but is still rarely used in mining applications. This seminar will provide the delegate with valuable insights in terms of both the management and the application of all of these technologies. The latest technology developments and case studies of innovative boring projects will be used on where value may be added to current and future mining projects.

The SAIMM and the organising committee would like to thank the following sponsors for their invaluable contributon:



Sponsorship Opportunities

The following opportunities are available:

1) Banner Exhibitor     R 8 000-00
2) Cocktail Sponsor     R 15 000-00
3) Conference Bags     R 8 000-00
4) Pens & Pads            R 8 000-00

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:

Who should attend
All stakeholders involved in the tunnel and raise boring arena
Mine executives and management
Civil construction companies
Engineering design and consulting companies
Project management practitioners
Mine owners
Mining entrepreneurs
Technology suppliers and consumers
Health, safety and risk management, personnel and officials

* Basic concepts, application and the equipment
* Fundamental mechnics of rock cutting technologies
* Contractual risk allocation and TBM performance models in practice
* Tunnel boring in South African mines quo vadis?


Tuesday, 31 January 2012

07:00 -08:00       Registration and Coffee

08:00 -08:20       Welcome Address
                              Prof. N van der Merwe, President of SAIMM

08:20 -08:40       Keynote Speaker
                              Mr Chris Sheppard, Murray & Roberts Mining

08:40 -09:10       Raise Boring applications for the mining and construction 
                              Mr Koos Jordaan -Master Drilling

09:10 -09:40        Prediction of boring performance using rock mass classification
                               Mr Rod Pickering -Centre for Mechanised Mining Systems, Wits

09:40 -10:10        Contractual risk allocation & TBM Performance Models in Practice
                               Mr Andy Griffiths -Goba Engineering

10:10 -10:40        Shaft boring methods
                               Mr Udo Gerstmann - Herrenknecht AG

10:40 -11:15         Morning Tea

11:15 -11:45         Rock cutting and boring in SA mines quo vadis?
                                Mr Rod Pickering -Centre for Mechanised Mining Systems, Wits

11:45 -12:15         Application of tunnel boring to primary shaft access: A case study
                                Prof Jim Porter - Centre for Mechanised Mining Systems, Wits

12:15 -12:45         Assessment and Management of Project Risks for Underground
                                Mr Tony Boniface - GIBB

12:45 -13:30         Lunch

13:30 -13:50         Large hole raise drilling techniques
                                Mr Pat Muller -Murray & Roberts Cementation

13:50 -14:10         Tunnelling through the Kalahari sand with the OFTS.
                                Mr Howard Marsden -GEM Diamonds

14:10 -15:00          "What is the future for applying hard rock boring technologies
                                in Southern Africa?"
                                A Panel Discussion by Presenters

15:00 -16:00         Cocktails


Registration Fees

Registration Fee - SAIMM Members  R 2 600-00    
Registration Fee - Non SAIMM Members   R 3 200-00      

Please note:
-   Non-members are entitled to free membership of the SAIMM, up to
    30 June 2012, 
for attending this event
-   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

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 includes accommodation

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: