|28 October 2024
|29 October 2024
|SANCOT Symposium Announcement-2024 09022024.pdf
Advances in Tunnelling– A portal to the future and sharing the Lesotho Experience
With the continued pace of urbanisation, economic and population growth, the availability of space for necessary infrastructure in the urban environment is becoming a major challenge. This is occurring in conjunction with climate change and a focus on reducing impact on the environment. These are the key factors driving the necessity and relevance of tunnelling, as tunnels are increasingly seen as a means to provide sustainable, safe and reliable provision of transport, electricity, gas, water, sewage facilities and extraction of raw materials.
Whilst the public and private sectors come to terms with the high capital expenditure required for tunnel construction, we live in an age of continued technological development and the application of these technologies presents an opportunity to better and more cost-effectively design, construct, and monitor tunnels. Furthermore, it is imperative that tunnelling consultants and contractors keep up to date with rapidly changing tunnelling technologies in order to remain viable in a competitive industry.
This conference concentrates on advances in the tunnelling industry, current best practice and how technology has improved tunnelling design, construction, supervision and monitoring. The conference is being held in Lesotho, and the ongoing Polihali Transfer Tunnel works can be visited by interested delegates. This project is a great analogy for the advances in tunnelling, as the ongoing tunnelling works (Polihali Transfer Tunnel – Phase 2) can be contrasted with the Phase 1 Lesotho Highlands Tunnel Projects, which were completed almost 30 years ago.
The conference is intended to promote interaction and closer communication between personnel and companies in the mining and civil industries, and to create a platform where expertise and experience gained in tunnelling, particularly advances in the industry can be shared.
The conference should be of value to:
The conference is being organised by The Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy in affiliation with the South African National Committee on Tunnelling and presentations are invited for the conference. Prospective authors are invited to submit titles and abstracts of their presentations, in English. The abstracts should be no longer than 500 words and should be submitted to:
+27 11 538 0238
Selected papers will be published in the SAIMM Journal. If your paper is selected by the committee, you will be notified for permission and your paper will go through the Journal review process . Papers that are accepted and published in the Journal will not be published in the conference proceedings which will be ready at the time of the conference. The Journal publication will only be published after the conference.
26 April 2024 .............Submission of abstracts
03 May 2024 ..............Acceptance of abstracts
03 June 2024.............Submission of papers
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Tel: +27 11 538-0238