Authors | Speakers | Reviewers

Third International Slope Stability in Mining Conference
14-16 November 2023 | Perth, Western Australia

Abstracts due 5 May 2023 via ProMPT

SSIM 2023 proceedings editor

Professor Phil Dight
Professor of Geotechnical Engineering, Australian Centre for Geomechanics

Phil has been involved with the development and design of ground support for open pit and underground mining applications since 1975. He initially was involved in mine backfill before looking at how rock support behaved in shear. In 1985 he was awarded the prestigious Manuel Rocha Medal by the International Society of Rock Mechanics (ISRM) for his work in open pit mining and use of ground support to improve pit stability. His ground support algorithm has been adopted by Rocscience in its evaluation of ground support in Phases® and Itasca in 3DEC®. Rocscience also adopted his algorithm for RocTopple®. With Peter Fuller, he undertook research into ground support work in several AMIRA sponsored underground projects. Much of that early research work was formalised in the literature by others. Phil joined the ACG in 2008 and has since been working on in situ stress determination, ground support applications (eg BoltCalc®, fibrecrete), strainburst and slope stability problems. At UWA he has developed a research laboratory looking at rock properties in 3D. He is active in training site personnel in geotechnical engineering based on practical applications and on request, he continues to provide specialist consulting.

Important dates

The following dates will help you take your accepted abstract through to final paper stage. We recommend you add these dates (AWST) to your calendar. 
Task Due date
Abstract submission
5 May 2023
Abstract acceptance
12 May 2023
Draft paper submission
30 June 2023
Reviewer feedback
4 August 2023
Final paper submission, speaker registration, bio notes, publication agreement, and presentation agreement
29 August 2023
PowerPoint presentation
6 November 2023

While this event will be held in person, there is a hybrid component.

ProMPT: ACG online conference proceedings portal

ProMPT is the ACG’s online conference proceedings portal where all submissions and communications regarding your publication will occur. In order to submit an abstract for this conference, you will need to create an account on ProMPT.

Publications process

Abstract submission
Abstracts should not exceed 300 words. Your abstract will be reviewed by the conference editor and you will be notified whether it has been accepted or not accepted. If accepted, we will provide you with the details required to submit your draft paper. 

Draft paper submission
Your draft paper must be submitted using the ACG paper template. Please refer to the associated documents listed below.

Reviewer feedback
Your paper will undergo a single-blind peer review process. All reviewer comments, tracked changes, and feedback will be incorporated into your draft paper, together with ACG desktop publishing changes. We will send you this reviewed version so you can address the comments in your paper. You are required to address and make the changes. If you do not make the changes, please provide an explanation. In some cases, your paper will be returned to the reviewer/s for confirmation changes have been appropriately made.

Final paper submission
Your final paper must be submitted together with your speaker registration, signed publication agreement, signed presentation agreement, and speaker bio notes.

Speaker registration
It is mandatory your speaker registration be completed and paid for your paper to be published. There is one speaker per presentation. The ACG publications team will not undertake any desktop publishing or proofreading work on your final paper until you have registered as a speaker. If you register and subsequently withdraw your paper from the conference, the ACG will withhold an editorial fee of AUD 440 (GST inclusive). Please refer to the Speaker Terms & Conditions.

Publication agreement
To publish your paper, the ACG requires you sign and submit a publication agreement. This must be signed by the lead author of the paper. Your paper will be published in the conference proceedings, as well as on the ACG Online Repository of Conference Proceedings.

PowerPoint submission
You will be required to forward your PowerPoint presentation to the ACG. If you have video or audio, please advise the ACG. Presentations must be submitted in PowerPoint format. No other formats, including PDF, are accepted.

Presentation agreement
To deliver your presentation, the ACG requires that you sign and submit a presentation agreement. This must be signed by the person presenting at the conference. This document will be sent to you at a later date.

Finalising your paper for publication
Once your paper is ready to finalise, the ACG publications team will undertake a final full edit and proofread of your paper. Following this, we will provide you with a PDF version of your final paper to review.

Associated documents

Professional accreditation

Participation in this event may contribute towards your professional development accreditation in the following ways:

  • Attending the event.
  • Presenting at the event.
  • Publishing a paper in the event proceedings.
  • Technically peer-reviewing an event paper/s.

The ACG makes no guarantee of this and recommends you contact your respective professional organisation/s. If you require a certificate of attendance, the ACG can provide you with one. Please contact for details.

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