Authors: Mandisodza, KT

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DOI https://doi.org/10.36487/ACG_repo/2025_08

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Mandisodza, KT 2020, 'Management of geotechnical hazards through embracing technology and innovative thinking', in PM Dight (ed.), Proceedings of the 2020 International Symposium on Slope Stability in Open Pit Mining and Civil Engineering, Australian Centre for Geomechanics, Perth, pp. 191-206, https://doi.org/10.36487/ACG_repo/2025_08

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Abstract:
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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