Rock Mechanics Conference 2018

Date 20 November 2018
- 22 November 2018
Grand Karavia Hotel, Lubumbashi DRC
Grand Karavia Hotel, Lubumbashi DRC
Grand Karavia Hotel, Lubumbashi DRC
Resources Rock Mechanics - Sponsorship 12102018.pdf


Rock Engineering Design Principles, Practice and Case Studies with Reference to Underground Mining

Seminar on Rock Mechanics and Rock Engineering

Welcome to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and to this seminar on rock mechanics. Held in Lubumbashi, on the copper belt, this seminar aims at showcasing successful geotechnical projects and practices in this mineral rich region of the world.

With a few exceptions, most mineral deposits in the DRC are currently being mined as open pits. However, as some of the pits are fast approaching the end of their operational life, there is a prospect of transitioning to underground mining in a foreseeable future. Old underground operations exist in the region, which are for the most part under rehabilitation waiting for production to resume. New greenfield underground mine projects are also seen.

While the theme of this seminar is more likely to be of interest to underground mine practitioners, it is relevant to some degrees to open-pit geotechnicians. Sound knowledge of rock engineering principles is essential to ensure optimum production in a safe mining environment whether in open pit or underground. During the seminar, the audience will have the opportunity to learn from an authorised mouth and be reminded of fundamental rock engineering design principles pertaining to underground mining, but most importantly to exchange experiences learned in dealing with rock engineering challenges in the region and beyond.

Lastly, the need to form a rock mechanics national group in the DRC has been identified to organise and improve the practice in the country. The implementation of such a group will also be discussed.



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William Joughin Pr Eng
Chairman, SRK South Africa
Gaby Ngoie
Geotech Superintendent
Kibali Gold Mine
Prishalan Naidoo
Civil Engineer (BEng)
SRK South Africa
Philani Mpunzi
Senior Geotechnical Engineer
SRK South Affrica
Joseph Mbenza Muaka
Senior Geotechnical Engineer
SRK South Africa
Seminar Chairman

Schedule (key events)

Schedule (key events)

Monday, November the 19th

  • Arrival & hotel registration
  • Informal welcome get together in

Tuesday, November the 20th

  • Formalities and Introduction
  • Key lectures and technical presentations;
  • Braai and networking

Wednesday, November the 21st

  • Key lectures and technical presentations
  • Open floor discussion about the DRC rock mechanics national group
  • Closure

Thursday, November the 22nd

  • Optional underground mine visit at
    Kipushi mine

Seminar fees

Seminar fees

Presenters - $400
SAIMM members - $400
Non-members - $600
Academics - $300
Students - $100


Who Should Attend?

Who should attend?

  • General Managers
  • Rock Engineers
  • Strata Control Officers
  • Mine Managers
  • MRM Managers
  • Geologists
  • Suppliers
  • Miners and Mining Engineers
  • Mine Planners
  • Mine Inspectors
  • SHEQ Practitioners
  • Rock Mechanics Technicians
  • Civil Engineers
  • Civil Engineering Technicians
  • Consultants
  • Academics
  • Students


The topics include:

  • Rock mass classification
  • Laboratory testing
  • Geotechnical investigation
  • Mining methods
  • Control convergence mining method
  • Stope and pillar design
  • Support and backfill design
  • Numerical modelling
  • Protection of surface infrastructures
  • Monitoring, quality control and data acquisition



Sponsorship in monetary form or in material, bill payment, and promotional items is highly appreciated. Sponsorship is in the following categories:

  • Gold $1,500
  • Silver $1,000

The opportunity to showcase sponsor's products is based on the above ranking.

Should you wish to sponsor the seminar or for invoice, please contact:



Karavia Hotel
Pullman Lubumbashi
Grand Karavia
55, Route du Golf
DR Congo
Phone: +243 815 583 058
For map click here...



Kea Shumba (SAIMM) Tel: +27(0) 11 834 1273 ; E-mail:
Suza Maleba (SRK) Tel: +243(0) 818701753 ; E-mail:
Joseph Muaka Tel: +27(0) 11 441 1044; E-mail:

Full payment due no later than 1 week prior to course commencement.
Please complete the registration form and send it to: