With the Tenth International Mining Geology Conference in Hobart just over a week away, Geobank Product Manager Mark Gabbitus has provided us with his highlights from the event over the years and what he is most looking forward to at the 2017 event.

It’s not long until the AusIMM Mining Geology conference and I was thinking about past Mining Geology conferences and what’s to come at the 2017 event. My first Mining Geology conference was number 7 in Perth back in 2009. It is still one of the best technical conferences I have ever attended, in fact I still refer to the proceedings regularly. This is where I first met Darren and David from BMT and learned all about the value of measuring blast movement. There were some great papers on reconciliation and I had the pleasure of chairing a session where there was a paper about the accuracy of downhole surveys that made a lot of underground geologists very nervous.

In 2011, we all went to Queenstown in New Zealand which was a lot of fun. We learnt a lot about Implicit Modelling from Dr Cowan and enjoyed some of the great case studies, especially one from Mt Isa by my mate Ben.

In 2014 the conference was in Adelaide and whilst it wasn’t the most cheerful time for mining we were introduced to Grade Engineering, learned about how Reconciliation has advanced over the years from Dr Parker and learned how dig lines could be optimised.

So, in light of all these great past conferences I took a peek at the proceedings for the conference in Hobart and thought I’d share the papers that looked most interesting to me this year. On day 1 the paper on reconciliation by Craig and Heath should be great and I am really interested to hear the afternoon keynote from Bruce Sommerville on Mine Geology standardisation.

On day 2 in the morning I am looking forward to the geotechnical session and then in the afternoon to see how Grade Engineering is coming along. On day 3 the talk on coal washability is of interest as this is something we are working on in Geobank and then in the afternoon I am keen to find out more about using 3D photogrammetry data in an underground mine.

More than the papers and presentations though these conferences are an opportunity to catch up with old colleagues and find out where people have moved to in the last few years. It’s also my first time in Tassie so I’m looking forward to visiting the apple isle.

The Tenth International Mining Geology Conference will be held in Hobart from September 20th – 22nd and brings together key industry representatives from across the globe for a series of workshops, key note speeches and networking opportunities.

MICROMINE will be showcasing its intuitive mining solutions from booth number 27 throughout the event. If you are interested in organising a demonstration or meeting with one of our team click here.

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