The Australian Centre for Geomechanics looks forward to hosting the Fourth International Symposium on Block and Sublevel Caving in Vancouver in October 2018. This follows previous symposia held in Santiago in 2014; Perth, 2010 and Cape Town, 2007.

The growing popularity of caving methods around the world is largely due to the very low production cost and the intrinsic safety associated with the mining approach. It is often the only viable mining method for some of the lower grade massive orebodies that are becoming too deep for open pit mining.

Strategically, most medium and large mining companies are operating or planning to operate a caving mine. Codelco’s El Teniente Mine in Chile and the LKAB’s Kiirunavaara Mine in Sweden are among the largest and most famous caving operations in the world.

Canada’s lead caving operations include New Gold’s New Afton underground block caving mine which seeks to produce an annual average of 75 million pounds of copper and 80,000 ounces of gold over a 12 year mine life. Source:

Cave mining has become one of the most research intensive areas of mining engineering in recent times. Mining companies need to be kept informed of the latest technological developments from caving research, and researchers require a regular platform to present their results and interact with industry practitioners.

View the symposium brochure and programme.


250 cave mining practitioners are attending.

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  • Pre-registration for Caving 2018 is available from 3-5pm, Sunday 14 October, and a welcome reception will be held from 4pm in the exhibition area. We look forward to welcoming you.
  • Caving 2018 has sold out! Email us to join the waitlist.
  • View the symposium’s technical programme here.
  • Click here to view the current list of Caving 2018 attending companies.
  • View the preliminary programme for the ACG Ground Support in Mining Workshop to be held at SFU on 18 October 2018
  • Many thanks to our wonderful sponsors, view them here.
  • The Fifth International Symposium on Block and Sublevel Caving will be held in Australia in 2022. View the Caving 2022 website to remain up-to-date.