Organised by:

The AusIMM

Platinum Sponsors:

Atlas Copco



Celebrating 40 years


W1: ACG Shotcrete Design & Performance Workshop
W2: Cave Mining 2040 Masterclass
W3: Diesel Emissions in Underground Mines
W4: Making a Success of Underground Mine Contracts

W1:  ACG Shotcrete Design & Performance Workshop

Thursday 19 October 2017

This workshop is aimed at site personnel involved in the design, implementation and quality assurance of shotcrete fibrecrete in mining. It will address the:

  • use of shotcrete in design
  • mix design
  • requirements for early reentry
  • monitoring and quality assurance
  • dynamic support
  • why use shotcrete over mesh and bolts

Who should attend?

All site personnel, supervisors, operators, geotechnical engineers and relevant suppliers and consultants.

The workshop will be presented by practitioners with experience in shotcrete programmes and who are willing to pass on their knowledge in a general forum.

Presenters include:

• Gary Boon Sika Australia Pty Ltd
• John Gelson Normet Asia-Pacific Pty Ltd
• Ian Hulls Mining One Pty Ltd
• Dev Kunasagaram Sika Australia Pty Ltd
• Warren Mahoney BASF Australia Ltd
• Mirko Manca The University of Western Australia
• Desmond Vlietstra Elasto-Plastic Concrete Pty Ltd

Workshop Facilitator:

Professor Phil Dight
Professor of Geotechnical Engineering, Australian Centre for Geomechanics

Phil has been involved with the development and design of ground support for mining applications since 1975. Phil joined the ACG in 2008 and has since been working on stress memory effects in rocks, ground support applications, slope stability problems (including the use of microseismicity to understand failure mechanisms), and 3D rock properties. Most recently, Phil commenced a four year MRIWA project aimed at investigating the issues of strainburst vulnerability in underground mines.

Download the workshop flyer.
Download Program


Standard - Paid after 11 September 2017
Cost: AusIMM Members & ACG Affiliate $770.00
Non-members $990.00
Student $330.00
Time: 8.30am  –  5.30 pm
Venue: Novotel Surfers Paradise
Prices include GST

W2:  Cave Mining 2040 Masterclass

Thursday 19 October 2017 – Friday 20 October 2017

Metalliferous Mass Underground Mining using Cave Mining options are potentially the most capital efficient way forward for metal production from a much wider range of future deposits and associated metals generally with large-scale disseminated and generally low average grades including but not limited to for example, deep and large footprint porphyry style copper and/or copper gold systems.

Masterclass Purpose

The Cave Mining 2040 consortium is being developed as an International industry funded collaboration involving existing and new cave mining owner operators as well as conventional and new mining equipment, technology and services (METS) companies. The objective of the collaboration is to ultimately transform cave mining as it is presently practised, to ensure that (a) the main cave mining options of various scales, which are block, panel and sublevel caving, continue into the future as viable, safe and lower-cost mining methods, well accepted by society, and (b) the future demand for increased production from mass underground mining is satisfied by a new and transformed type of cave mining.

The short-term goals of the collaboration are to address known mining challenges in (a) several caving projects presently being constructed and, (b) in other projects that are in advanced stages of planning and are expected to become operational mines over the next 4-10 years - by preferably using existing and corroborated knowledge, equipment, and enabling technologies. However, during this period, new ways or processes (including disruptive technologies) for cave mining that will ameliorate much harsher conditions than presently exist will be identified and progressively addressed through applied R&D.

The purpose of the October Cave Mining 2040 Masterclass is to objectively and openly discuss current identified generic challenges and potential opportunities that should enable (a) the main cave mining options of various scales, continue into the future as viable, safe and lower-cost mining methods, well accepted by society, and (b) the future demand for increased production from underground mass mining is satisfied by a new and transformed types of cave mining.

Workshop Host:

Gideon Chitombo | Professor and Chair in Minerals Industry Engagement | Program Leader Mass Underground Mining and Member of the Operational Excellence Program| Sustainable Minerals Institute| The University of Queensland, Brisbane Australia.

Registration Opening soon

Date: Thursday 19 October - Friday 20 October
Venue: The Star
Cost: AusIMM Member: A$400
Non Member: A$525

W3:  Diesel Emissions in Underground Mines

Sunday 15 October 2017

Regrettably the original listed presenter of the workshop on diesel emissions, Dr Mayer has had to cancel due to other commitments.

The topic matter that was to be covered by Dr Mayer will now be given in a presentation by Freudenberg Filtration Technologies.

Dr Mayer is one of the worlds first and foremost experts on Diesel Particulate Matter and its dangers. This workshop is designed to provide a better understanding of what Diesel Particulate is, based on latest knowledge from around the world, just how dangerous the problem is and how best to tackle it.

Dr Mayer has been responsible for the ETH combustion generated nanoparticle conference which takes place in Zurich annually. This is the worldwide hub for knowledge on Diesel Particulate, attracting the who's who of emissions related scientific researchers each year (see more at )

Diesel Particulate, a confirmed carcinogen, represents one of the highest health risks to underground mining personnel today. All legislative bodies and mining groups have it very high on their hit-list. This workshop is relevant for anyone in the underground mining industry, from operators working in the mine atmosphere, maintenance and engineering personnel working on relevant controls through to senior management who must be aware of the threats and drive change from the top.

Freudenberg Filtration Technologies (FFT) have been at the forefront of diesel emissions management for over 15 years. Presenting will be Stephen Gledhill, FFT Mining Manager who has headed their emission control division for 12 years.

In addition to the main presentation, the workshop will now include short presentations by diesel emission analysis technology providers. These will most likely include;

  • Kenelec Scientific - Diesel exhaust particle analysis by SMPS (Scanning Mobility Particle Sizer).
  • ERP Engineering - Diesel exhaust mass measurement by differential pressure
  • Pacific Data Systems - Diesel exhaust mass measurement by laser light scattering


  • University of Wollongong, Dr Brian Davies AM- Emissions Based Maintenance of Diesel Engines - An Australian Case Study.
  • Kenelec Scientific, Paul Montague and Mark Williams - Direct reading of particle number concentration using proven CPC technology
  • Pacific Data Systems, Paul Gapes - Diesel exhaust mass measurement by laser light scattering
  • Workairtech, Greg Knowles - HEPA rated Cabin Air Filtration Systems for DPM and Fibrous Minerals
Cost: $253 per person inc GST
Time: 1.00pm Registration and light lunch
1.45pm - 5.00pm Presentations
Venue: The Star

W4: Making a Success of Underground Mine Contracts

Sunday 15 October 2017

It has been 20 years since the AusIMM hosted a workshop or conference dedicated to managing underground mine construction and operational contracts. A lot has changed since 1997 so two of the more experienced practitioners in the industry invite you to join them in a contracting workshop addressing the following challenges:

  • Selecting the right type of contract for your project
  • Drafting a clear and concise contract that assists the parties
  • Negotiating the contract
  • Putting systems in place to administer the contract and manage the documents
  • Managing contracts for win -win outcomes
  • Resolving disputes and claims

The workshop will be facilitated by Mark Adams and Joe Luxford who have a combined 80 years of experience in the mining industry on both sides of the contracting fence. They will explore many case histories from both contractors and Principal's perspectives to demonstrate how establish and manage mining contracts for mutual success.

Mark has a wealth of experience at senior levels in both mining and contracting companies and has been involved in a number of mining projects and contract negotiations.

Joe has managed many mine development projects in coal and hard rock mining. In addition to drafting many mine development and production contracts, he is also a graded arbitrator, mediator and independent expert and has assisted numerous parties to resolve a range of mining contractual disputes.

The workshop is limited to 20 to ensure everyone has ample opportunity to ask questions and explore the issues and, most importantly, share experiences with other participants.

Who should attend

Senior mining engineers, mine managers and general managers looking for ways to improve their knowledge and understanding of setting up the right contract for their project, managing the project for success and options to resolve disputes when the inevitable problems arise.

Date: Sunday 15 October 2017
Venue: The Star
Time: 1 to 4 pm
Cost: $250 per person inc GST

Cancellation Policy

The following cancellation policy applies for delegates cancelling workshop participation.

  • More than 30 days before the Conference – Full Refund
  • 30 – 7 days before the Conference – Refund (less A$100 administration charge)
  • 7 days or less before the Conference or non-attendance – No Refund (no exceptions)