In addition to the New Gold Inc. New Afton Mine site visit, the ACG is facilitating a university laboratory tour for attendees only of the Fourth International Symposium on Block and Sublevel Caving.

Laboratory Tour, Earth Science Building, Dept of Earth, Ocean and Atmospheric Sciences, University of British Columbia

Friday, 19 October 2018 | University of British Columbia | Canada

The University of British Columbia is generously offering a tour of their Geological Engineering laboratories.

The content of the tour will include:

  • Presentation on experimentation in applied research and its application to caving.
  • Debris flow research adapted for spills and mud rush
  • Hydrogeology, including work on waste rock being undertaken for Compania Minera Antamina S.S., Peru
  • Triaxial compression testing, including the use of acoustic emissions and hydraulic fracturing and real-time demonstration with a unique fault-slip rockburst simulation test

Tour stops include:

  • Geological Engineering Advanced Computing Laboratory: How do we integrate field data, lab testing and numerical modelling into projects
  • ESB Environmental Interface and Rock Mechanics laboratories with live demonstrations
  • Tour of the Pacific Museum of the Earth

For more information and to register, please download the registration form here.

Caving 2018 Site Visit – New Gold Inc.’s New Afton Mine

Friday 19 October 2018 | New Afton, West of Kamloops | BC, Canada



The New Afton copper-gold mine is located approximately 350 km northeast of Vancouver in the south-central interior of British Columbia. The property is only 10 km from the regional hub of Kamloops. The New Afton Mine occupies the site of the historic Afton Mine, a previous operation of Teck Resources Limited and includes an open pit, underground workings, historic support facilities, a concentrator and tailings facility. The New Afton deposit extends to the southwest from immediately beneath the Afton Mine open pit. New Afton began production in June 2012. The underground operation is expected to produce, on average, 85,000 ounces of gold and 75 million pounds of copper per year over a 12-year mine life. New Afton uses a block caving method in their underground operations.
The ACG thanks New Gold Inc. for their generous time and resources to host the visit.

The site visit is now fully subscribed, with no further option for wait-list.