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Cave Mining - Today's Challenges

Jarek Jakubec and Chris Page
Friday, April 8, 2016
First presented: 
Cave Mining Forum - Workshop Series I

This presentation summarizes a talk given during the inaugural workshop of the Cave Mining Forum.

The industry perception is that sublevel caving is a "dirty mining method" (i.e. high dilution and low recovery). However, there were several successful sublevel cave mines executed in the past. The success of a sublevel cave mine is not by chance - they are engineered to perform. This talk will review some of the recent developments in SLC mining and poor design practices to avoid.

Chris Page will share his lifelong experiences with block and sublevel caving mines and projects around the world.

Feature Author

Jarek Jakubec

Jarek Jakubec has 30 years of operating and consulting experience in the mining industry. He specializes in mass mining, rock mechanics, diamond mining, and technical auditing.

As a cave mining expert, Jarek has worked on most of the world’s caving and sublevel caving projects. He has participated in several international research projects, including the Mass Mining Technology initiative, and worked with Dr. Laubscher to develop a rock mass classification system for caving mines. With Gemcom Software, Jarek developed a planning tool for sublevel caving mines and has lectured on cave mining on five continents.

Jarek acted as an expert witness in the Northparkes cave mine collapse court case and is a Qualified Person in terms of NI 43-101.

Caving Specialist
Dipl Ing, CEng, MIMMM
SRK Vancouver
Dr. Chris Page

Chris Page has over 35 years of underground operating and consulting experience. He started his career at Copperbelt in Zambia and later joined SRK Consulting in South Africa and Canada. Chris has world-class expertise in block and sublevel caving and currently specializes in technical auditing of operating mines, strategic mine planning, and mining method selection. In his long career, he completed projects around the world and published numerous technical papers.


Corporate Consultant - Mining
SRK Vancouver
SRK Latin America