Authors: Mandisodza, KT

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Mandisodza, KT 2020, 'Management of geotechnical hazards through embracing technology and innovative thinking', in PM Dight (ed.), Slope Stability 2020: Proceedings of the 2020 International Symposium on Slope Stability in Open Pit Mining and Civil Engineering, Australian Centre for Geomechanics, Perth, pp. 191-206,

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The complex ground conditions at Evolution Mining’s Mt Rawdon mine have led to the implementation of a myriad of innovative strategies to combat the ever-present ground control challenges. Ground control strategies implemented include the application of unconventional open pit ground reinforcement methods that are complemented with known and unfamiliar technology-embracing innovative methods. The implemented strategies have been overtly successful in the mitigation of inherent geotechnical risks. These risks manifest as a spectra of failure modes and rockfalls due to inadequate catchment capacity and weak rock mass zones within a diverse rock mass with complex structural controls. Strategies that have been implemented successfully include: The paper outlines some of the challenges that have been encountered during the implementation of the adopted methods and assesses successes and failuresof the various applications accordingly.

Keywords: ground control, innovation, technology

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