Associated Events

Workshop in Mining Geomechanical Risk – Parts I & II

PART I: Introduction to Risk-Based Design and Probabilistic Methods Workshop, 8 April 2019 | Perth, Western Australia

Topics Include:

  • Introduction to probability, risk and design
    • Design acceptance criteria
    • Important concepts related to probabilistic and risk-based design
    • Design acceptance levels for safety risk and economic risk
  • Evaluating data uncertainty and sufficiency
  • Calculation techniques for performing probabilistic calculations
    • Introduction to probabilistic calculation techniques:
      • Monte Carlo type methods
      • The Point Estimate Method
      • The Response Surface Method
      • The Response Influence Factor Method
      • A systematic approach to the design of experiments
      • Fault trees and event trees

Workshop Facilitator:

Johan Wesseloo

Dr Johan Wesseloo
Senior Research Fellow — Rock Engineering
Project Leader — mXrap Development
Australian Centre for Geomechanics

Johan has been involved in geotechnical engineering since 1998, with experience in both underground and open pit environments. Johan obtained a BEng (Civil), MEng and PhD (Geotechnical) from The University of Pretoria, South Africa and is Fellow of the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy. He started his career as a geotechnical engineer with SRK Consulting, South Africa. In 2007, Johan joined the Australian Centre for Geomechanics, where he led and completed the ACG’s High Resolution Seismic Monitoring in Open Pit Mines project and the Mine Seismicity and Rockburst Risk Management. Johan has an interest in the rock engineering aspects of mine-induced seismicity and developed several procedures and methods for seismic analysis for rock engineering purposes and mining seismic hazard assessment methods, which are integrated into mXrap Apps.



PART II: Workshops in Mining Geomechanical Risk – Three Workshops available, 12 April 2019 | Perth, Western Australia


Three workshops will run concurrently. Select one to attend from:


Underground stream

Workshop Facilitators:

William Joughin

SRK Consulting (South Africa) (Pty) Ltd



mining geomechanical risk chair

Dr Johan Wesseloo

Senior Research Fellow — Rock Engineering
Project Leader — mXrap Development
Australian Centre for Geomechanics


Open Pit stream

Workshop Facilitator:

Professor Phil Dight – Open Pit Stream Facilitator
Professor of Geotechnical Engineering
Australian Centre for Geomechanics



Paste & Tailings stream

Workshop Facilitator:

Professor Andy Fourie – Paste and Tailings Stream Facilitator
Professor of Civil Environmental & Mining
The University of Western Australia



Further details to be advised.