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Session 5 | Opening Plenary

Wednesday, November 30, 2022
8:30 AM - 10:15 AM
Goldfields Theatre

Speaker

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Prof Ismet Canbulat
Head of School
UNSW Sydney

Day 2 Welcome from AusRock 2022 Conference Chair

8:30 AM - 8:45 AM

Biography

Prof Ismet Canbulat is a mining engineer with over 30 years of experience in research, consultancy, management, on-site and academia. He has BSc, MSc and PhD degrees from Istanbul Technical University, University of the Witwatersrand and University of Pretoria respectively. In South Africa, he worked for the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), where he was a Research Area Manager in Rock Engineering Programme. After 10 years in research he moved to consultancy and worked for Groundwork Consulting and later for Strata Engineering (currently Golder Associates) in Australia as a Principal Engineer. In 2008, Ismet joined Anglo American Coal in Brisbane, where he was the Group Geotechnical Engineer for underground operations until November 2014. He was responsible for leading the development of geotechnical engineering standards, procedures and the best practices, supporting operations in mine design and green field projects at concept, pre-feasibility and feasibility levels, providing technical support for business risk management, technical support for design and selection of mining equipment as well as implementation of new technologies and research findings at operations. Since 2014, Ismet is Professor, Head of School and Kenneth Finlay Chair of Rock Mechanics at the School of Minerals and Energy Resources Engineering, UNSW Sydney.
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Prof Serkan Saydam
Chair of Mining Engineering
UNSW Sydney

Day 2 Welcome from AusRock 2022 Conference Chair

8:30 AM - 8:45 AM

Biography

Serkan Saydam received his BSc, MSc and PhD degrees in Mining Engineering from the Dokuz Eylul University, Izmir, Turkey and completed his Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. He then worked at De Beers for 3 years as a project manager in Johannesburg, South Africa. Serkan joined the School of Mining Engineering as a Senior Lecturer in 2006 and since 2017 he has been working as a professor. He is currently Chair in Mining Engineering at the School of Minerals and Energy Resources Engineering at UNSW. A key focus of his research is to address the current needs and future challenges faced by the minerals industry. These are generally very complex engineering problems, as mining environments become more extreme and constraints are imposed due to increasing social, environmental, and health and safety standards. His fields of research include space resources engineering, ground control, mine systems design, mine internet of things, and technology integration and management. He established research collaboration with NASA, ESA and Luxembourg Space Agency, as well as more than 40 research organisations and universities globally. He has more than 250 publications and graduated with 16 PhD students. Serkan attracted more than $15M research grants. Serkan is known for founding and chairing the AusIMM’s International Future Mining Conference Series, and co-chairs AusIMM’s AusRock Conference Series and Off-Earth Mining Forums. Professor Saydam is the High-Level Advisory Board Member of EU funded illuMINEation Project and the Advisory Board Member of 7Sisters Mission, the first Australian Mission for the Moon. Serkan is also the inventor of the Virtual Mine – ViMINE mining engineering game. Professor Saydam received multiple academic awards including the 2020 UNSW Dean’s Award for Global Impact, 2019 UNSW Vice Chancellor’s Postgraduate Research Supervision Award and 2017 Society of Mining Professors’ International Tim Shaw Innovation in Teaching Award. Serkan is currently a Fellow Member of the AusIMM; President of the ISRM Commission on Planetary Rock Mechanics; Deputy Director of the Australian Centre for Space Engineering Research (ACSER) at UNSW; Deputy Secretary-General and Council Member of the SOMP (The Society of Mining Professors).
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Emeritus Prof Bruce Hebblewhite
Principal
B K Hebblewhite Consulting

Keynote | Mining geomechanics – A retrospective look toward the future

8:45 AM - 9:30 AM

Biography

Bruce Hebblewhite has recently retired as the Professor of Mining Engineering at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Sydney, Australia after nearly 26 years at UNSW. He was awarded an Emeritus Professor appointment by UNSW Sydney in December 2020. He continues to work in a consulting capacity as the Principal for B K Hebblewhite Consulting. He has over 47 years of international mining experience; including 3 years working with Cleveland Potash in the UK while studying for his PhD in underground mining rock mechanics; 17 years in a consulting and research management role in the Australian coal mining industry (at ACIRL Ltd); and 26 years in academia at UNSW, including 12 years as Head of the School of Mining Engineering (2003 – 2014). From 2006 to 2009 Bruce was the inaugural Executive Director of the Australian collaborative educational joint venture, Mining Education Australia (MEA). He was also a former President (2008-2009) and then the Secretary-General of the international Society of Mining Professors (SOMP), from 2012 to 2018. Bruce’s specialist research and consulting interests are primarily in the fields of underground mining systems, mining geomechanics and ground control, mine safety/risk management and mining education and training. His career has included numerous national and international consulting and research project engagements across both the coal and hard rock sectors for industry and government clients in the UK, South Africa, China, Indonesia, New Zealand, Turkey, Canada, Chile, Namibia, Austria, USA and Kazakhstan. He has authored over 180 refereed journal and conference papers and is principal author of in excess of 450 confidential reports of a research and/or consulting nature over the past 47 years. He has been the recipient of a number of international awards recognising his special interests and experience. These include the 2012 Syd S Peng Ground Control in Mining Award from the SME in the USA; the 2017 Rock Mechanics Award, also from SME in the USA; the 2017 Ludwig Wilke Award from the Society of Mining Professors and most recently was awarded the 2020 Institute Medal from the AusIMM for contributions to education, training and research.
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Dr Robert Anderson
Planetary Geosciences
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Keynote | Characterizing the geomechanical properties of planetary objects

9:30 AM - 10:15 AM

Biography

Bob Anderson received his Bachelor of Science Degree from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Virginia in Geology in 1979. In 1985, he received a Master of Science from Old Dominion University in geology with emphasis on structural geology and mapping tectonic features surrounding the Tharsis region of Mars. In 1995, he received a Doctor of Philosophy from the University of Pittsburgh in geology with emphasis on visible and near-infrared remote sensing. He has been at JPL for 25 years. His current research is centered on unraveling the geologic history of Mars focusing on the tectonic and paleohydrologic evolution of the Tharsis region and understanding the geomechanical properties of planetary regolith. He recently contributed to the successful Mars Science Laboratory Sample Acquisition/Sample Handling Subsystem. Bob was the past chair of the Planetary Science Division of the Geological Society of America.
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