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Rapid Underground Mine and Civil Access Conference 2017

Date 07 August 2017
- 09 August 2017
Location Emperors Palace Convention Centre, Johannesburg
Resources RUMCA 2017 Sponsorship Packages.pdf
RUMCA Announcement 13072017.pdf
RUMCA Prelim Prog 26072017.pdf
RUMCA Registration Form 13072017.pdf
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Rapid Underground Mine and Civil Access Conference 2017

7-8 August 2017 – Conference
9 August 2017 – Platreef 


This conference is in response to the industry being under immense pressure to sink shafts and develop tunnels in safer and more efficient ways. The global call for no harm has been taken very seriously.

The advance rates and daily production has come under immense pressure to improve and shorten the entire project period to make it financially viable. We can sink shafts and develop tunnels without hurting people, however to repeatedly achieve this while achieving the productivity targets has proven to be a challenge. We need to critically examine all aspects related to the sinking process. The way in which we conduct the entire project, right from mine concept study through to commissioning and handover all needs to be considered. Shaft sinking and tunnelling is not only about the sinking cycle.

There are many diverse factors that influence the sinking process including: business drivers in the concept phase, mining methodologies and technology alternatives in the pre-feasibility stages, cost and timing parameters in the feasibility as well as partner selection, technical criteria and management systems during the execution phase. Mechanisation attempts to remove people from the hazards of sinking and to provide a continuous consistent advance rate has made great strides in the past five years.