Organised by:

The AusIMM

Platinum Sponsors:

Atlas Copco



Celebrating 40 years


The 13th AusIMM Underground Operators' Conference 2017 organising committee is currently developing an exciting technical program that will feature a range of topics presented during various keynote and plenary sessions.


Capturing the Opportunities: Communication, Collaboration, Innovation

  • Understanding your orebody, competent clever mine planning – Grade engineering, geometallurgy, geotechnical engineering. What is being done to optimise mine and plant performance? This may include drill and blast and stockpile management strategies or optimised mine sequencing.
  • Underground mine design, planning and scheduling to drive business outcomes – Operators to share case studies where innovative practical ideas have lifted mine productivity. This could include mine access, mining methods, materials handling, mine services, moving away from conventional mine design to adopt new technology. Virtual 3D planning (case study).
  • Innovation is not just technology – Operators sharing their ideas and capabilities to improve productivity, which may or may not include technology – people drive innovation rather than technology alone. Moving from data gathering era to a data analysing and effectively utilising information era – how is this changing how we operate underground mines?
  • Application of technology – How has your operation implemented technology that improves efficiency and safety, such as proximity detection, condition monitoring, sensing and measuring remotely? What lessons are there for future applications?
  • Retaining capability in a ‘right-sizing’ environment – How are our operators dealing with the balance of keeping costs down, but not at the expense of capability? Is outsourcing an option, or is this seen as an unnecessary cost? We may encourage some service providers with operators to share their experiences of supporting ‘bare bones’ operations.
  • Effective leadership in tough times Operators to provide case examples of where intelligent leadership and workforce engagement has created an environment for success. Or in some cases it may be how a lack of effective leadership proved to be the Achilles heel.
  • What has the current downturn meant to the people in our industry? Operators and external providers are encouraged to share their strategies on how they have or haven’t been able to deal with this environment of uncertainty. Maybe we can use statistics from the AusIMM or MCA to gain an understanding of what has really happened in our industry in terms of people management.
  • Occupational health, safety and environmental – Has OHS&E been compromised with organisations restructuring and then restructuring again? Operators to share how they have been dealing with these key issues in this changing environment.
  • The world is getting smaller. Sharing the challenges and ideas experienced in different jurisdictions across a variety of environments.
  • Improving margins through increasing the revenue side of the equation – Examples of how metal output is increased through improved productivity at the same cost by reducing planned dilution.

The following is a preliminary program outline to assist in your planning. Please note that the program is subject to change. A detailed program will be available shortly.

13th AusIMM Underground Operators' Conference 2017
Preliminary Program
Sunday 15 October 2017 Monday 16 October 2017 Tuesday 17 October 2017 Wednesday 18 October 2017 Thursday 19 October 2017

Pre-Conference Workshops

Exhibition setup

Pre-conference Registration




Welcome Reception




Networking Hour

Conference Dinner




Post-Conference Workshops and Tours


Networking Program
Welcome Reception Networking Hour Conference Dinner
Date: Monday 16 October
Venue: Jupiters
Time: 5.30 pm – 7.30 pm
Cost: Complimentary for all delegates
Date: Tuesday 17 October
Venue: Jupiters
Time: 5.30 pm – 6.30 pm
Cost: Complimentary for all delegates
Date: Tuesday 17 October
Venue: Jupiters
Time: 7.00 pm for 7.30 pm sit down
Cost: Complimentary for all delegates*
*Student registration excludes attendance at the Conference Dinner and additional tickets must be purchased to attend.