Following on from the very successful Seventh International Conference on Deep and High Stress Mining held in Sudbury in 2014, attended by more than 300 mining professionals, the Australian Centre for Geomechanics and Associate Professor Marty Hudyma are delighted to host the First International Conference on Underground Mining Technology (UMT 2017) at the Radisson Hotel Sudbury in October 2017.
Ongoing research and innovations in underground mining technologies continually assist operations to significantly improve their productivity, cost efficiency and, most importantly, their health and safety records, whilst reducing their environmental impact.
Over the last decades, advances such as paste fill have enabled fast turn-over of stopes and new mining sequences; electronic detonators have facilitated very large and complicated blasts; new mine equipment is more productive and safer to operate; seismic and other monitoring systems allow the mine to keep track of the ground response in real time. There are no longer limitations to communication systems underground – tablets and Wi-Fi are even available in some mines.
Underground mining technology has enabled many mines to access the Earth’s valuable resources at great depths. In Sudbury alone, five mines are currently operating at depths of greater than 1.5 km.
This inaugural event will provide opportunities for underground mining practitioners to explore the latest mining technologies and methodologies which will drive industry into the future.