ISRM International Symposium

‘Rock Mechanics for Africa’

Dates: 02-07 October 2017
Venue: Cape Town Convention Centre, Cape Town, South Africa

The 2017 ISRM International Rock Mechanics Symposium is to be held in Cape Town. The conference theme is “Rock Mechanics for Africa”.

Approximately 170 abstracts were received, covering a wide range of topics including slope stability, underground excavation stability, ground support, rock mechanics data, testing methods, instrumentation and monitoring, mine seismicity and rockbursts, and numerical modelling. Over 100 papers have been received and are in the refereeing process.

The Symposium is being organised by the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (SAIMM) and the South African National Institute of Rock Engineering (SANIRE).

Prior to the conference, the ISRM Board, Council and Commission meetings will take place. Technical visits are being arranged for after the conference.

Nick Barton and John Cosgrove will present a workshop on “Empirical Methods, Rock Mechanics and Structural Geological Methods useful for Excavation in Jointed Fractured Media”.

Rockbowl will be held during the conference for young members.

Keynote Speakers:

Luis Lamas
Dick Stacey
Nielen van der Merwe
Nick Barton
Sergio Fontoura
Paul Buddery

Confirmed Technical Visits:

SANIRE—Presidential Tour 2017—Johannesburg to Cape Town—Bus trip—4 days
Cape Town—Chapmans Peak—1 day
Phalaborwa—Palaboa Mine and the Kruger park—2 days
Johannesburg—Tau Tona—Deepest Mine in the world—1 day

South Africa – A Pre- and Post-Conference Destination
A holiday in South Africa has the potential to surpass all other holidays you have ever been on. The land is vast, with stunning vistas in every province, each teeming with wild animals, amazing plants, and fascinating locations. South Africa is a world in one country and offers the visitor a multitude of destinations. Cape Town, considered as one of the top 10 destination in the world, the Kruger Park, the Garden Route, and the pleasure resort of Sun City are only a few of the sought-after stops on any itinerary.

Chapman's Peak Drive


Suggested activities to partake in while visiting Cape Town

The Castle of Good Hope – the oldest building in South Africa – was once a fort, but today functions as a showcase of the Cape’s early days. Built by Jan van Riebeeck and the Dutch East India Company, the castle, which is an example of a star fort, was completed in 1679. The building’s 18th-century décor
has been restored and it now functions as a popular museum.

Table Mountain Cableway—looming large and welcoming you to Cape Town, whether you are arriving by plane, train, boat, or automobile, is the iconic Table Mountain. Looking at it from below is one thing, but it is quite another to be atop the mountain, from where one is afforded such wonderful views of Cape Town, Robben Island, the Peninsula, and beyond.

Robben Island and Museum—Robben Island needs no introduction with regard to the significance of its place in South Africa’s, and indeed the world’s, history. As ‘home’ to one of the world’s most famous prisoners, statesmen, and leaders in Nelson Mandela, Robben Island is quite possibly the most well-known island–prison on earth.

Wine Routes—less than an hour’s drive from Cape Town’s city centre, the wine routes offer visitors picturesque scenery, friendly hospitality, and excellent wines. Most estates have daily wine tasting, cellar tours, and sales – some by appointment only – and there are many choices when it comes to wine route tours. And because wine and food belong together, some of the world’s best restaurants can be found in the Cape Winelands

Palabora Mine


Palabora Mine


Tau Tona - Deepest Gold Mine in the World



For more information about AfriRock 2017, please contact:

Camielah Jardine
Tel: (011) 834-1273/7
Fax: (011) 833-8156 or (011) 838-5923

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