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Specialised Geo will be a major sponsor this year at the International Symposium on Slope Stability.

The event has been previously held in South Africa 2006, Australia 2007, Chile 2009 and Canada 2011. The symposium is a great opportunity for open pit mining and civil engineering practitioners, consultants, researchers and suppliers worldwide to exchange views on the state-of-the-art slope technologies for excavations in weak and fresh rocks.

We are very excited to be involved in this event and can’t wait to showcase our skills and expertise in difficult access projects.

The Symposium will be held over 3 days 25-27th September 2013, Sofitel Brisbane Central Hotel, Australia.

For more details on this event please visit the Australian Centre for Geomechanics (ACG) website http://www.slopestability2013.com/home

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Specialised Geo’s skills have been put to good use in some current projects being undertaken in two vastly different environments: one on the shores of Sydney Harbour and the other in the coal mine region of NSW’s Hunter Valley.

“Both projects involve making the surrounding site more stable to protect important infrastructure that is adjacent, and also to protect the local environment,” said Leigh Henness, Managing Director of Specialised Geo. “In the Sydney job, we are using twin rope access to deliver the project, whereas in the Hunter, we are using crane box drilling.”

The Sydney project is being done for Shell Australia in Gore Bay Sydney. A number of large tanks sit at the shore’s edge, with a large cliff sitting behind them. “We are doing site stabilisation work on the cliff face using shotcreting, tekflex application and rock bolting,” said Leigh. “This is to keep the cliff face stabilised to prevent rockfall damage to the tanks below, and to help avoid a potential environmental problem if the tanks were to leak.”

In the Hunter Valley project, Specialised Geo is creating a new portal entry in a coal mine, involving high wall meshing for client, Peabody Energy. “We have been doing a number of jobs for Peabody over the last 12 months,” said Leigh. “This new portal entry will be used as an entrance and exit for mine personnel and equipment and so it is critically important that the area is stabilised and safe.”

The project involves working in challenging conditions on a sharply sloping wall above the mine.

“Both of these projects have required our team to apply our experience and skills to deliver a reliable and safe solution for our clients,” said Leigh. “I am really proud of the quality and dedication our team consistently demonstrates in projects such as these.”

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