28—30 NovemberSydney


The Fourth Australasian Ground Control in Mining Conference

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The Fourth Australasian Ground Control in Mining Conference 2018.

About the conference


The conference will provide an update to all mining industry geotechnical personnel on best practice in both Australasia and overseas.

AusRock 2018 provides a vehicle for information exchange between the coal and metalliferous sectors of the industry with a focus on new technologies and developments, industry needs and mine site problem solving,and practical case studies.

Abstracts are invited from prospective authors throughout Australasia and internationally.

Organising committee


Conference Co-Chairs

Ismet Canbulat FAusIMM — UNSW Sydney
Serkan Saydam MAusIMM — UNSW Sydney

Committee Members

David Beck — Beck Engineering Pty Ltd
Alex Campbell MAusIMM(CP) — Beck Engineering Pty Ltd
Peter Corbett MAusIMM — Centennial Coal Company Limited
Linming Dou — China University of Mining and Technology (CUMT)
Paul Hagan FAusIMM — UNSW Sydney
Andy Haile FAusIMM — BHP
Bruce Hebblewhite MAusIMM — UNSW Sydney
Hossein Masoumi MAusIMM — Monash University
Brian McCowan FAusIMM — Glencore
Rudra Mitra MAusIMM — University of Witwatersrand
Joung Oh MAusIMM — UNSW Sydney
Dan Payne MAusIMM(CP) — BHP
Baotang Shen — CSIRO Energy
Sami Talu — Rio Tinto

Event Management

Eliza Sanneman —Team Leader, Senior Coordinator, Events
Claire Stuart —Coordinator, Publishing

Conference themes


  • Ground support – tendon systems, surface liners, injection systems in open cut and underground mining
  • Alternative materials in ground control
  • Geotechnical instrumentation, monitoring and data management
  • Mine design – geotechnical considerations
  • Geotechnical design methodologies
  • Geomechanics of multiseam, multireef and complex orebodies
  • Geotechnical challenges in extreme mining environments
  • Backfill technologies
  • Pillar design and performance
  • Rock mass characterisation techniques and practice


  • Regional stability
  • Slope stability
  • Geotechnical risk management
  • Best practice case studies
  • New challenges and innovations in ground control
  • Numerical modelling in design
  • Mine subsidence – prediction and control
  • Caving mechanics and control
  • Dynamic mining events and managing large deformations
  • Geotechnical education and training
WIMnet Conference Grants


As an initiative to increase the number of female presenters at AusIMM conferences, a WIMnet Conference Grant is available for some AusIMM conferences which may be awarded to a female presenter based on merit and need. The grant covers the cost of conference registration, but does not include travel or accommodation. Successful applicants need not be AusIMM members, although preference will be given to members. Successful applicants must first have their abstract accepted by the conference organising committee. Following the conclusion of the conference, grant recipients are asked to provide a short (less than one page) article for publication in the WIMnet newsletter.

Women interested in applying for the complimentary conference pass should submit their application via email to the WIMnet secretariat dedwards@ausimm.com.au for consideration. Applications should be no more than 300 words and explain how the applicant meets the selection criteria (merit and need) and why they are applying.

In addition, WIMnet have a number of members experienced in conference presentations who are available to offer advice on presentation skills should an applicant be interested in their assistance.

Online submission

Call for abstracts has closed

Papers that are accepted by the conference will be subject to peer review. The selection criteria includes relevance to the conference theme, accuracy and originality of ideas, significance of the contribution and quality of presentation. All accepted papers will be published in the conference proceedings and presented at conference technical sessions. All presenting authors are required to pay and attend the conference to present their papers.

AusIMM Guidelines for presenting authors


Read the guide to writing an abstract

Key Dates

Deadline abstract submission: 19 February 2018
Notification to authors of abstract acceptance: 5 March 2018
First draft paper submission: 28 May 2018
Final paper & copyright submission: 30 July 2018
Conference Dates: 28—30 November 2018

Review Process


Stage 1: Abstract selection

All abstracts will be reviewed by the organising committee. Authors of approved abstracts will be invited to submit a full-length (maximum 8000 words) paper. Approval of an abstract at this stage does not guarantee that the full paper will automatically be accepted and included in the proceedings and program. Papers must pass through the peer review stage before final approval can be granted.

By submitting your abstract you hereby agree to the terms and conditions of The AusIMM that if your final paper is selected into the technical program, at least one author of the paper will register and pay the discounted author registration fee with the full intention of presenting the paper at the conference. Papers of authors who fail to register and pay by the nominated deadline will be automatically withdrawn from the proceedings and program.


Stage 2: Paper selection

Papers that fully comply with the format requirements will be peer-reviewed, and authors of approved papers will be requested to submit a final paper. At this stage, papers will be recommended for inclusion in the oral program and for publication in the proceedings. Papers that require extensive editing to correct English usage or those that are not written in accordance with the established format and style requirements of the Guide to Authors will not be accepted for review and will be returned to authors for further editing or may be refused. The AusIMM recommends that authors for whom English is a second language seek the assistance of an English-language editorial service prior to submitting their paper for peer review. More information can be found here.


Stage 3: Final paper approval

Papers will be reviewed by the AusIMM Publishing team to ensure that all modifications have been made as per the technical reviewers' comments at stage 2. At this stage, final papers will be confirmed for presentation and publication. Final papers approved for publication will be published in the conference proceedings.

Author registration

Published proceedings will only contain papers from authors/presenters attending the conference. To confirm publication of a paper, as well as inclusion in the technical program of the conference, authors must ensure that at least one author per paper is registered and has paid the discounted author rate. Papers of authors who are not registered by the deadline will be automatically withdrawn from the proceedings and program.

Author registration will be due Friday 3 August 2018.

Terms and conditions

By submitting your abstract you hereby agree to the terms and conditions of The AusIMM that if your final abstract is selected for the technical program at least one author of the abstract will register and pay the discounted author registration fee with full intention of presenting at the conference.

Abstracts of authors who fail to register and pay by the nominated deadline will be automatically withdrawn from the extended abstracts volume and program.

By submitting an abstract to this AusIMM conference you hereby agree to the following terms and conditions

  • Prior to submitting an abstract that contains information that relates to, or reports on, a particular company or organisation, the appropriate level of approval must have been granted.
  • Abstracts submitted are of original quality (not previously published).
  • Submissions of abstracts are loaded electronically via the conference Speakers’ Portal, with minimal formatting.
  • Extended abstracts submitted are in accordance with the Guide to Authors and should not exceed 1000 words (3 pages).
  • The abstract does not infringe on the copyright of any other third party and copyright for said abstract will be assigned to the AusIMM.
  • The abstract adheres to the guidelines as presented in the AusIMM Guide to Authors.
  • Authors with accepted final extended abstracts agree to register, pay and attend the conference. At least one author/presenter must be registered and paid by the nominated deadline in order for the extended abstract to be published and presented. Any extended abstract not registered and paid will be automatically removed from the extended abstract volume and program.
  • Late withdrawals of final extended abstracts will incur penalties if withdrawn by the author at any time following the final submission date:
    • Authors will incur a A$400 desktop publishing fee
    • The extended abstract will be removed from the extended abstract volume and technical program
    • In the instance the author is not available to present the extended abstract a suitable replacement may be found to present the extended abstract and pay the registration fee.

For further information, please contact:

Claire Stuart, Coordinator, Publishing
Telephone: +61 3 9658 6127
Email: cstuart@ausimm.com.au


Dr Ali Burston

Professor Dick Stacey

Professor Emeritus, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg

Dick Stacey graduated initially as a mechanical engineer with a particular interest in stress analysis. He worked under Prof Z T Bieniawski in the Rock Mechanics Division at CSIR's National Mechanical Engineering Research Institute in South Africa before spending a year at the Imperial College of Science and Technology as an Academic Visitor in the Engineering Geology Department with Sir John Knill. He spent 25 years with the consulting engineering company SRK Consulting, and was Chairman of the South African Company, before joining the School of Mining Engineering at the University of the Witwatersrand in 2000 as Centennial Professor of Rock Engineering. He retired officially at the end of 2008, but continues to be involved with the University, running postgraduate courses and supervising research students.

Dr Ali Burston

Martyn Robotham

General Manager Surface Mining with Rio Tinto’s Copper and Diamonds (RT C&D) Group

Prior to this role, Martyn was Chief Advisor Mine Geotechnical with Rio Tinto’s Technology and Innovation Group where he supported pit and dump slope design, and natural slope hazard and geotechnical risk management activities across Rio Tinto’s global properties. He has over 33 years of experience in engineering geology, open pit mine slope design and mine operations since gaining his BSc. Geology (Mining) from the Royal School of Mines (RSM) in 1985. He spent 3 years as an underground mine geologist with Anglo American in South Africa before returning to RSM for his MSc. Engineering Geology in 1988. After 7 years of UK based consulting in a broad range of mine geotechnical and hydrogeological projects, including major large open cut coal feasibility studies in Indonesia and South America, Martyn moved to Australia. Following mine geotechnical consulting and management roles with Dames & Moore, Coffey Geosciences and Golder Associates, he joined Rio Tinto’s Technical Services team in 2001. In the subsequent years he was involved in mining and geotechnical work at all of Rio Tinto's commodity groups in many different countries. In 2007, he took the role of Technical Manager Geological Services at Rio Tinto’s Bingham Canyon Mine in Utah, USA, before his return to Australia as Chief Advisor Mine Geotechnical for Rio Tinto in 2010.


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International Visitors

  Visa Information

All visitors to Australia must have a valid visa to travel to and enter Australia (other than New Zealand passport holders who will normally be granted a Special Category visa on arrival, provided they meet health and character requirements; and permanent residents of Norfolk Island who may be granted a Permanent Resident of Norfolk Island visa on arrival).

There are many visa options available to people wishing to visit Australia. The appropriate visa will depend, amongst other things, on your purpose for visiting Australia. The 'Visa options for Conferences, Trade Fairs, Seminars or Expos' fact sheet outlines some visa options that may be applicable

For more information on visa application requirements, view the 'Visa Application Requirements' fact sheet.

You should apply for your visa well in advance of the conference date. We strongly recommend that you apply at least two months prior to your intended date of departure. The Department of Immigration and Border Protection reserves the right to change regulations, so for all the latest information relating to obtaining an Australian visa, please visit: https://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Visi

Invitation letters will be provided to persons who have registered and paid the complete registration fee. The letter will provide proof of registration and proof of payment. Official acceptance and invitation letters may be obtained by contacting Event Management by email: conference@ausimm.com.au.

Invitation letters can only be requested once payment of registration has been received. Please note when applying for your visa you should include a copy of your registration confirmation.

Australia has health and character requirements which you will have to meet as part of the visa application process.

• For more information on health requirements, go to : http://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Visa/Heal

• For more information on character requirements, go to: http://www.border.gov.au/Trav/Visa/Char

Australia is free from many plant and animal diseases prevalent in other countries. Very strict quarantine rules apply to the importation of animals and plant products and many cannot be brought into the country without prior application. To have a smooth transition through quarantine and to enjoy your visit in Australia, it is important that you understand Australia’s quarantine regulations. Visit www.daff.gov.au for more information.

Please ensure that along with your passport and visa, you also pack your registration confirmation letter within your carry-on luggage. You may be asked to produce this when going through customs at your arrival airport. In addition to this, please be sure to fill out your Incoming Passenger Card with all details and answer each question honestly.


Vaccinations are not required unless you have come from a yellow fever- infected country zone within six days prior to your arrival. You do not need any other health certificate to enter Australia. Australia has a high standard of hygiene and doctors and dentists are highly trained and hospitals are well equipped. In the event of illness, hotel staff can arrange a doctor for you.

It is strongly recommended that delegates take out adequate travel and health insurance prior to commencement of travel. Further information can be obtained from your travel agent.

Australia applies a tax to the purchase of both goods and services called the Goods and Services Tax (GST). The rate of tax that applies to taxable products and services is 10%. Tax is already included in the advertised prices. Non-Australian delegates may be eligible for a refund of GST via the Tourist Refund Scheme.

Tipping is not as widespread or regulated in Australia as it is in other parts of the world. Tipping is your prerogative, a reward for service. It is customary to tip hotel porters, and a gratuity of about 10% is usual in restaurants if good service is received. No service charge is added to hotel or restaurant bill.