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2023 ISRM Müller Award

November 20th, 2023|

Congratulations to Emeritus Professor Derek Martin from the University of Alberta, Chair of the LOP Research Committee, on receiving the 9th ISRM Müller Award for his outstanding contributions to rock mechanics and rock engineering. The Müller Award is presented every four years at the ISRM Congress and consists of a special Müller Lecture, a work of art typical of the culture of the country hosting the Congress and a silver medallion with a portrait of Leopold Müller. Professor Martin received this prestigious honour at the 15th International ISRM Congress in Salzburg, Austria (9-14 October 2023), where he delivered the Müller Lecture on "Stress path, stiffness, and mobilized strength in rock masses (Near Surface Structures)". The Large Open Pit Project [Read more]

LOPIII SMC Meeting #4 in Brisbane (Australia)

July 21st, 2023|

The most recent LOP III Sponsors Management Committee Meeting was held in Brisbane on 23-25 June 2023 with a pre-meeting Workshop on Climate Change. The focus for the Meeting was on progress reports and the assignment of research projects for the remainder of LOP III. The need for more education initiatives, developing short courses based on LOP funded projects and new courses based on LOP Guidelines were particularly discussed and endorsed by the LOP sponsors as future priorities.

Upcoming 2023 GCE Water Course

May 17th, 2023|

Water in Mine Operations and Slope Stability Begins June 19th, 2023! Offered by the Geotechnical Center of Excellence (GCE) at the University of Arizona, developed and taught by some of the leading industry experts in Mining Hydrogeology. This course is based on the "Large Open Pit Guidelines" book, and adds additional and updated material for controlling water in mining operations and improving geotechnical slope stability. The course will also include case studies of water management challenges and solutions in open pit and underground mines. For more information about this course, review the course flyer below or email us at sends e-mail) Register here

Slope Stability 2024

May 3rd, 2023|

The 2024 Slope Stability Symposium will be held 15-19 April in Nova Lima, State of Minas Gerais, Brazil. The SS2024 is organized by the Brazilian Geotechnical Society (ABMS) and supported by Large Open Pit Project group. The main theme for the symposium is “Slopes of the Future.” This conference aims to bring together engineers, scientists, researchers, educators, and practitioners, with the purpose of generating a forum for discussion, knowledge exchange, networking and dissemination of the best engineering practices in different geotechnical issues related to slope stability for open pit and correlated infrastructure. The official language of the SS2024 is English but there will be simultaneous translation into Portuguese.

Slope Performance Monitoring Course

November 8th, 2022|

The Geotechnical Center of Excellence (GCE) at the University of Arizona has gathered some of the leading professionals in the slope monitoring sector to develop a world-class course on Slope Performance Monitoring.  This course is under-written by the Large Open Pit (LOP) Project and is based on the LOP Guidelines for Slope Monitoring text, and developed in collaboration with the editors, Robert Sharon and Erik Eberhardt. Who Should Attend? Engineers, geologists, and other mining professionals working with monitoring equipment or interested in doing so the future. Geotechnical consultants who interpret monitoring data or integrate data into engineering analysis. Anyone looking to strengthen their understanding of slope monitoring! What the Course Offers? Movement detection ● Displacement monitoring ● Subsurface deformation monitoring ● Water monitoring ● Geophysical [Read more]

Professional Development: Water Course on LOP Website

May 22nd, 2022|

Offered by the Geotechnical Center of Excellence (GCE) at the University of Arizona, developed and taught by some of the leading industry experts in Mining Hydrogeology. This course content is based on the LOP book “Guidelines for Evaluating Water in Pit Slope Stability” (Beale and Read, 2014, CSIRO Publishing/CRC Press), but also adds additional and updated material for controlling water in mining operations and improving geotechnical slope stability. The course will also include case studies of water management challenges and solutions in open pit and underground mines. Who Should Attend? Geotechnical Engineers, Hydrogeologists, Mining Engineers and Managers who are interested in gaining a better understanding of the role water plays in mine operations and slope stability. [Read more]