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Without geotechnical engineers there would be no mines. We design and build the dams and tailings impoundments; we make sure the heap leach pads and waste rock dumps are stable; and we are mostly responsible for the stability of open pit rock slopes and underground mine backfill and subsidence avoidance works. This site is the place where we provide updated news, views, reviews, and resources on mine geotechnical perspectives and issues.

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Sugarloaf mine subsidence areas may be off limits for a decade
Thursday, April 03, 2014
A section of Sugarloaf State Conservation Area in New South Wales, Australia is expected to be closed to the public for more than a decade as authorities struggle to deal with threats to safety posed by mine subsidence damage.  read more »
The book covers 150 years of commercial mining activity in South Africa
Tuesday, February 04, 2014
To hear state Rep. James McLaughlin explain it as he walks Chase Street, history looms ominously underground here. At any moment, it seems, a 19th century coal mine shaft could cave in beneath his feet. read more »
Rio Tinto partners with CRCMining on block caving technology
Friday, January 31, 2014
Rio Tinto has partnered with CRCMining, Newcrest, and Elexon Electronics to develop cave flow tracking systems for use in block caving operations. read more »
Satellite imagery able to detect surface deformation caused by mining
Wednesday, January 29, 2014
University of Cape Town (UCT) PhD graduate Dr Jeanine Engelbrecht has asserted in her thesis that microwave imagery captured from earth-orbiting satellites is able to measure deformation caused by underground mining. read more »
Atlas Copco acquires geotechnical drilling company
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
Atlas Copco has acquired Geawelltech, a Swedish manufacturer of geotechnical drilling equipment. The move makes sense for Atlas, as Geawelltech has been a distributor of Atlas well and geotechnical drilling equipment for a number of years. read more »


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