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5 Ways the Cave Mining Forum promotes the open exchange of ideas

The Cave Mining Forum, an initiative organized by SRK Consulting in partnership with InfoMine and the University of British Columbia, aims to improve communication within the mining industry by promoting the sharing of information and ideas. The forum achieved this goal during its early-June workshop on Ground Support in Cave Mining through these five means:

1. Sharing case studies
Speakers from North American Palladium, Freeport-McMoRan, New Afton Mine, and SRK Consulting reviewed the unique challenges faced at various operations and the strategies employed to overcome them. The case studies examined were the Cassiar, New Afton, Henderson, and Lac des Iles mines and each presentation was followed by a Q&A session.

2. Identifying common issues and opportunities
In the afternoon, participants broke out into smaller discussion groups and were given the opportunity to raise issues and challenges related to ground support. This led to many open and frank conversations.

3. Brainstorming solutions
After the group discussions, some of the more experienced participants were selected to act as panel members. Each table selected a topic on which the panel fielded questions and provided input. 

4. Networking with industry peers
The day concluded with an informal reception. This was a great opportunity for meeting experienced people in the field and sharing knowledge.

5. Continuing the discussion post-event
After the event, participants were invited to join the forum’s PeopleMine group. This group serves as a venue for continuing discussions and networking online and staying abreast of forum news. All are welcome to participate.

A second workshop on Ground Support in Cave Mining is anticipated for fall 2017.

For more information on the Cave Mining Forum, visit: or email Jarek Jakubec (


SRK North America