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Professional development workshop - Rock engineering design principles, practice and case studies with reference to underground mining

Date Fri 17 August 2018, 08:00
- Sat 18 August 2018, 18:00
Karavia Hotel, Lubumbashi
55, Route du Golf, Lubumbashi, Congo - Kinshasa, Haut-Katanga, Democratic Republic of the Congo
Karavia Hotel, Lubumbashi
SRK Rock Engineering Workshop Announcement 07082018.pdf

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Background and Introduction

Even though most mines across the Katanga province in the DRC are currently operating in open pit, as most of them are getting deep there is a prospect of transitioning to underground mining in a foreseeable future. Such large scale transition from open pit to underground mining presents enormous challenges that include the geotechnical aspects relevant for mine design and mine planning. Other challenges include defining the proper surface and underground infrastructure and also the fulfilment of project deadlines and achievement of
production targets. A sound understanding of rock mechanics design principles pertaining to underground mining and to the evaluation of the risk associated with such projects will be the defining factor between successful and less successful operations.
The proposed course is intended to equip the attendees with knowledge of underground mining design principles, risk evaluation and numerical modelling to meet the challenges lying ahead. Case studies of projects that SRK was involved with will be presented and an underground visit to Kipushi mine has been arranged to connect theory to practice.)

Course venue and dates
17 August 2018—Theory and case studies — Karavia Hotel
18 August 2018—Site visit and practical — Kipushi underground mine

Who should attend
This course is aimed at geotechnical engineers, geologists, engineer geologists, mining engineers and technicians and any other professionals involved in the process of data collection, design and monitoring of rock structures who wish to expand their understanding of the fundamentals and considerations in underground mining design. While the course is targeted primarily to professionals directly involved in the field of mining geotechnics, those in position of management or any other capacities may equally benefit from the advantages that the course offers. It is also envisaged that academics (lecturers and students) in the above-mentioned fields may also benefit from this short course.