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Securing the ground is one of the most important processes in underground mining. The main objective is to mitigate the risk of rockfalls and avoid potentially severe economic and safety consequences. Shotcrete is a well-established and popular method of securing the ground.

Seminar Objective


This seminar is aimed at site personnel involved in the design, implementation and quality assurance of shotcrete/fibrecrete in mining. It will address the: 

  • Mix design
  • Mixing, transporting and application
  • Additives, admixtures and reinforcement
  • Shrinkage, curing and temperature effects
  • Requirement for early re-entry
  • Testing, monitoring and quality assurance
  • Dynamic support
  • Shotcrete with mesh and bolts


Who should attend?


All site personnel, supervisors, operators, geotechnical engineers and relevant suppliers and consultants in both the mining and civil fields. The seminar will be presented by practitioners with experience in shotcrete programmes and who are willing to pass on their knowledge in a general forum.

Opening Speaker


Mark Adams
General Manager – Telfer
Newcrest Mining Limited

Mark was educated in the UK with a BSc (1st Class Honours) in Mining Engineering and MSc in Mineral Exploration. He commenced his career in 1977 at Chingola in Zambia. Following single contracts in Zambia and Botswana, Mark immigrated to Australia to begin a thirteen year career with Mount Isa Mines. He thenbecame the first Manager Mining for BHP World Minerals’ Cannington Project. From 2000, Mark lead multi-site mining, processing and refining operations with Sons of Gwalia (gold), WMCR Nickel (nickel), and Iluka Resources (mineral sands). Returning to hard rock mining in 2008 he joined Barminco as Chief Operating Officer. In 2011 he returned to Queensland to take responsibility for the closure of MMG’s Century operation and the development of its Dugald River project. Following a year in Zambia as the Chief Operating Officer for Konkola Copper Mines plc, Mark returned to Australia and is currently working for Newcrest Mining at its Gosowong Operation in Indonesia. Mark is a Member of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy and has served as one of the two Deputy Chairs of the AusIMM’s Joint Ore Reserves Committee) and as a Board member of the Australian Centre for Geomechanics for a number of years.