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The South African National Institute of Rock Engineering
is announcing the 

SANIRE SYMPOSIUM 2024
TECHNICAL APPLICATIONS IN ROCK ENGINEERING

13-14 JUNE 2024
SILVERSTAR HOTEL CONFERENCE CENTRE

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The South African National Institute of Rock Engineering Symposium is a forum for Rock Engineering Practitioners to showcase their technical abilities and skills to the industry over a period of two days. Participants and Presenters network, share ideas, knowledge and practices, whilst learning more about the most recent innovations, trends, experiences and concerns in Rock Engineering. In an effort to respond to ideas coming from SANIRE members the 2024 Symposium will feature an opportunity for expanded participation in the programme through presentations. The aim of the Symposium is to broaden participation and learning by opening an opportunity for innovative and challenging material that would not otherwise be available in other formats. The Symposium will be held from the 13th to 14th June 2024. Interested practitioners, researchers, managers and others in the field of Rock Engineering can create meaningful dialogues by sharing their knowledge through presentations during the Symposium.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND

  • Geotechnical professionals are invited to submit the abstracts for their technical papers on themes including:
  • Mechanised and Conventional Tunnelling
  • Geotechnical challenges in Mining
  • Slope stability analysis
  • Numerical modelling of excavations
  • Artificial intelligence and virtual reality technologies in rock engineering
  • Three-dimensional geotechnical analysis
  • Dynamic analysis and liquefaction modelling
  • Groundwater flow and seepage analysis
  • Geotechnical monitoring technologies – slope stability and underground

All the accepted technical papers will be included in the symposium proceedings

EXHIBITION/SPONSORSHIP
We offer several kinds of sponsorship possibilities in SANIRE SYMPOSIUM 2024.This is a great opportunity to have visibility and showcase your company or organization and your contribution to the rock mechanics industry.

CALL FOR PAPERS

Key Dates:

  • Abstract Submission Deadline: 17 April 2024
  • Technical Paper Submission Deadline: 13 May 2024
  • Presentation Submission Deadline: 31 May 2024

Each abstract will be reviewed by at least three members of the SANIRE Council and reviewed based on a range of parameters.

Abstract Format:

The abstract should include the title of the paper, the author/s and provide a general overview of the objectives and outcomes presented in the paper
Abstracts will be competitively evaluated using:

  • Technical soundness
  • Innovation in topic and approach
  • Creative and compelling content
  • Effective use of case studies and literature

NOTE:
Abstracts that are not Rock Engineering related or are sales pitches for products or services will not be considered, unless otherwise agreed to by SANIRE Council as a sponsorship package.
Submissions can be made to:
Prudence Ntumelang
Prudence@sanire.co.za
www.sanire.co.za


 

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Dr Thabo Mashongoane,
Chief Executive Officer, Mining Qualifications Authority

Dr Thabo Mashongoane is the CEO of the Mining Qualification Authority (Skills Council) responsible for the skills development services of the mining and mineral sector in SA. He has extensive experience in leading and managing training and education of TVETs institution given his industrial experience as an artisan and educator. He held various positions in the National Government Departments of where he contributed to the development of policies and strategies. He is the former CEO of the National Skills Authority that advises the Minister on SETA landscape, Skills Strategy as well as its implementation, monitoring and evaluation. He ensured skills development footprints in all provinces through the establishment and support to Provincial Skills Development Forums (PSDF). He actively participates in various councils including the Quality Council for Occupations and Trades (QCTO), South African Qualifications Authority, Provincial HRDCs, SASCE, the Public Service Trainers’ Forum (PSTF) and other councils.

Bryan Philip Watson,
Associate Professor The University of the Witwatersrand

  • ~39 years in the mining industry: Platinum, gold and coal.
  • CSIR Innovators Award (1994).
  • 2nd best PhD thesis in the world (Rocha runner-up certificate) (2011).
  • SAIMM silver medal award for an outstanding publication (2011).
  • SAIMM gold medal award for an outstanding publication (2022).
  • SANIRE Salamon Award for best rock engineering paper in South Africa (2011).
  • AMMSA (Association of Mine Managers of South Africa) paper award (2022).
  • 17 Journal publications.

Lerato Tsele,
Deputy Head: Safety and Sustainable Development, Minerals Council South Africa 

I am a passionate lady interested in ensuring the health and safety of employees through policy advocacy, implementation of health and safety improvement strategies and representation of women in various industry initiatives.


THE 2024 ROCKBOWL

ENTER YOUR TEAM HERE...
DATE: 13 JUNE 2024
HYBRID EVENT: VIRTUAL, OR Silverstar Hotel Conference Centre
TIME: 15H00 - 17H00
CLOSING DATE FOR ENTRIES: 30 May 2024

What is Rockbowl?
A game of questions & answers in which teams are challenged to answer technical & non-technical questions about rock engineering.

T’s & C’s

Maximum 4 participants per team
All participants to be SANIRE members

WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
Anyone interested in rock engineering looking to brush up their social skills…. Only joking!
All ages welcome.

What’s up for grabs?
Bragging rights
A host of fantastic prizes

DO NOT MISS OUT!
This year the RockBowl will be HYBRID and teams can participate virtually or face to face at the Silverstar Hotel Conference Centre. Teams in attendance must be registered for the Symposium. This is a great opportunity for you and your team to showcase and test your knowledge against the best and brightest in the field of rock engineering. Register your team today and stand a chance to become the 2024 SANIRE RockBowl champion.