LOP Presentation at the 2020 Slope Stability Conference
For the past 15 years, the Large Open Pit project (LOP) has provided a forum for senior geotechnical staff from the sponsor mining companies to meet, discuss and fund research into the geotechnical aspects of open pit mining. Recently, the Chair of the Sponsors’ Representatives committee of the LOP, Mr Pete Stacey, delivered an Invited Talk at the 2020 International Symposium on Slope Stability in Open Pit Mining and Civil Engineering (Slope Stability 2020) Conference in October. The purpose of the presentation was to provide a brief history of the LOP project since its initiation in 2005, and to outline the current Phase III of the project with its focus on “Open Pit of the Future”.
As presented by Mr Stacey, the Mission Statement of LOP III is to continue as the premier international research and technology transfer body representing the technical disciplines contributing to large open pit design, operation and closure, and supporting future trends including the interaction with underground mines, and deeper and even-more technology-driven unmanned and automated operations. This is based on a Vision of leveraging industry and academic collaboration to enhance the excavation, design, operation and closure of large open pits, and support the development of current and future practitioners.