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AusRock 2022 (6th Australasian Ground Control in Mining Conference)

Embracing the opportunity to provide world-leading professional development and networking opportunities to the global resources community, we are excited to announce AusRock 2022 (6th Australasian Ground Control in Mining Conference). The conference, hosted in partnership by AusIMM and UNSW Sydney, is being held in conjunction with the International Society of Rock Mechanics Regional Symposium from 29 November - 1 December 2022 in Melbourne, Australia. AusRock 2022 follows on from earlier conferences that have successfully covered the various aspects of geotechnical engineering servicing the mining industry and shared best practices. A vehicle for information exchange between various industry experts and academia, AusRock2022 will focus on new technologies and developments, industry needs, operational problem solving, and practical case studies which will be required for the future.

AusRock 2022 is currently calling for abstract submissions exploring innovations, research, case studies and best practice in ground control techniques, rock mechanics, rock behaviours, structural stability, mining systems, monitoring and instrumentation, data management & AI, and approaches to geotechnical challenges in extreme environments including deep mining, underwater mining, severe climate changes and planetary science. The Conference welcomes papers from variety of science and engineering disciplines including geology, physics, mathematics, mining, civil, environmental, computer science, petroleum, and other relevant areas.

Abstract submissions close on March 25, with the online submission portal quick and easy to use. For more information about AusRock 2022, or to sign up to receive a reminder so you don’t miss the abstract submission deadline, visit the AusRock 2022 website.

Key Dates:
•    25 March 2022: Final abstract submission deadline
•    18 April 2022: Notification to authors
•    20 June 2022: Draft extended abstracts due
•    26 August 2022: Final extended abstracts due


Erasmus Mundus Joint Master in Sustainable Mineral and Metal Processing Engineering

March 11, 2022: A new study programme: Erasmus Mundus Joint Master in Sustainable Mineral and Metal Processing Engineering is offered by 4 universities: Oulu-Finland, Leoben-Austria, Santa Maria- Chile and Zagreb-Croatia. Click here for basic information and a small flyer, It is important to note that students can get an ERASMUS scholarship. The deadline for the applications is March 31, 2022.

Mines of the Future

SOMP members Professors Serkan Saydam, Bruce Hebblewhite, Michael Karmis and Michael Hitch recently finalised the “Mines of the Future” project. This report aimed to produce a high quality, internationally focused reference report and established an editorial committee which invited academic and industry thinkers, and technologists to contribute to the report. The report provides a vision of the mines of the future, for 2030 and beyond, and the impacts on required skills and future educational curricula and research needs. The Mines of the Future report has five main chapters, with the topics in each chapter focusing on the Current Status, the Future, and Transitioning to the Future: Operational Efficiency; Novel Mining Systems; Sustainable Mining Practices; Education and Research.

The Mines of the Future Version 1.0 (Major Findings) Report is expected to be a leading international reference for the future – primarily for mining educators and researchers, but also for other mining industry stakeholders such as mining companies, equipment suppliers, governments and other interested parties. This report includes the major findings of the comprehensive report which will be available later in 2019 separately.

Click here to download a copy of the report.