Underground Operators Conference 2017 to celebrate its 40th year

From October 16–18 the Gold Coast will host the AusIMM Underground Operators’ Conference 2017 (UGOPS2017). The inaugural conference was held in Broken Hill, 17–18  October 1977.   The conference dinner taking place at Jupiters on 17 October will mark 40 years to the day which is some extraordinary timing to add to this already very special event.  23 papers were presented at the first meeting and since then 404 have been written by 608 authors making an invaluable contribution to the field.

Over the course of the last 40 years the conference has been held in Queenstown Tasmania (1982), Kalgoorlie Western Australia (1985, 1995), Mount Isa Queensland (1988), Ballarat Victoria (1992), Townsville Queensland (1998, 2002), Perth Western Australia (2005), Launceston Tasmania (2008), Canberra Australian Capital Territory (2011), Adelaide (2014) and the Gold Coast (2017).

This conference is centred around the theme of ‘Capturing the Opportunities: Communication, Collaboration, Innovation’ and aims to bring together industry professionals to learn, inspire and produce an ongoing reference for years to come. The three day program will encompass workshops, technical talks, exhibition and networking events.

The conference will include presentations addressing mine planning and design, geotechnical engineering, innovation, technology and leadership, with keynote speakers from industry and academia including Professor Lena Abrahamsson from Luleå University of Technology in Sweden.


Eliza Sanneman

Team Leader, Senior Coordinator, Events

AusIMM – The Minerals Institute

+61 3 9658 6105

[email protected]

The AusIMM – The Minerals Institute

The Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (The AusIMM) represents 13 000 professionals working in the global resources industry. Our role is to provide leadership and maximise opportunities for professionals in the resources sector through continuing professional development and to represent members on global, national and local issues that affect them and their communities.

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