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SANCOT SYMPOSIUM 2022

Date 07 November 2022
- 08 November 2022
Location WALLENBERG CONFERENCE CENTRE @ STIAS, STELLENBOSCH, WESTERN CAPE SOUTH AFRICA
Resources SANCOT Abstracts Received-03082022.pdf
SANCOT Symposium 2022 Sponsorship Opportunities-11072022.pdf
SANCOTAnnouncement-11072022.pdf

BACKGROUND & THEME

BACKGROUND & THEME

Due to the global increase in urbanization, pressure is being placed on governments and the public sector to provide expanded services such as safe and reliable public transport, electricity, gas, water and sewage facilities. This results in further development of road, rail and metro infrastructure. However, the availability of space for this necessary infrastructure in the urban environment is becoming a major challenge. In order to keep up with this increasing demand, Civil Contractors are having to resort to tunnelling more than ever before and, in order to deliver these services timeously, tunnel boring and mechanized underground excavation and support installation is proving to be cost effective.

Furthermore, the fast, efficient and safe abstraction of raw mineral reserves is of strategic importance for leading mining companies. The South African mining sector needs to mechanize at a faster pace in order to remain globally competitive.

This conference is in response to the Civil and Mining industry being under immense pressure to deliver projects fast, efficiently and as safely as possible. Tunnel boring and mechanized underground excavation and support installation is proving to be an invaluable and cost effective tool in the execution of a project. Technology exists for mechanized excavation where tunnels can be excavated from as small as 300 mm to in excess of 18 metres in order to access ore bodies, build road or railway tunnels, mining access and excavations, facilitate the installation of utilities, construct storage caverns for gas and oil, etc.