GSSO commenced its activities in late 2013. It has a budget of more than AUD 1.7 M, with a 3.5 year duration. Currently, GSSO has the support of six major sponsors: Glencore Xstrata Zinc, Independence Group, Codelco NML, MMG Limited, MRIWA and the ACG, as well as five minor sponsors: Atlas Copco Rock Drilling, DYWIDAG-Systems International, Jennmar Australia Pty Ltd, Fero Strata Systems Pty Ltd, Golder Associates Ltd and Geobrugg Australia Pty Ltd. The sponsors not only offer significant financial contributions, but also a large pool of expertise that provides extremely valuable input into the research projects and development of the Guide. The project will culminate with the publication of a new ground support design Guide in mid-2017.
The current project sponsors expressed a strong interest in continuing this research initiative, hence a proposal for Phase 2 was developed, and has already raised considerable interest and support from industry.
The ACG is actively seeking industry sponsorship for GSSO Phase 2. For further information, visit the Phase 2 project update. If you wish to obtain a copy of the complete research proposal, please contact us.