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dc.contributor.author Durrheim, RJ
dc.date.accessioned 2015-11-12T07:34:06Z
dc.date.available 2015-11-12T07:34:06Z
dc.date.issued 2014-09
dc.identifier.citation Durrheim, RJ. 2014. Has research and development contributed to improvements in safety and profitability of deep South African mines?. In: Proceedings of 7th International Congress on Deep and High Stress Mining, Sudbury, Canada, 16-18 September 2014 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://www.acg.uwa.edu.au/__data/page/8367/DM2014_toc.pdf
dc.identifier.uri http://deepmining2014.com/__data/page/8079/DHS2014_Abstracts.pdf
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10204/8259
dc.description Proceedings of seventh International Congress on Deep and High Stress Mining, Sudbury, Canada, 16-18 September 2014. Due to copyright restrictions, the attached PDF file only contains the abstract of the full text item. For access to the full text item, please consult the publisher's website en_US
dc.description.abstract The remarkably rich and persistent gold and platinum deposits in South Africa stimulated the development of a deep mining industry. The challenges of mining laterally-extensive orebodies at depths as great as 4 km include high rock stress and temperature, and large vertical and horizontal distances over which personnel, materials and rock must be transported. Innovation was driven by entrepreneurial zeal, private-public partnerships, government regulation, and labour activism. Despite the development and widespread implementation of many technologies critical to successful deep mining, there has been a major decline in domestic research and development (R&D) activity and capacity during the past two decades. Nevertheless, there are some areas of research where South African researchers continue to break new ground, notably the application of reflection seismology in the hard rock environment, studies of rockburst mechanisms, and the development of systems to monitor the underground environment. Changes in the social, economic and political landscape since the advent of democracy in South Africa in 1994 have also had a major impact on the deep mining industry, and will most likely accelerate efforts to increase the level of mechanisation and automation. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Australian Centre for Geomechanics en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries Workflow;14791
dc.subject Deep South African mines en_US
dc.subject South African mine safety en_US
dc.subject Gold mines en_US
dc.subject Platinum mines en_US
dc.title Has research and development contributed to improvements in safety and profitability of deep South African mines? en_US
dc.type Presentation en_US


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