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International Conference on Ground Control in Mining

Our vision is to create a forum to promote communication among researchers, consultants, regulators, manufacturers, and mine operators to expedite solutions to ground control problems in mining. This conference provides an environment for the presentation of both fundamental research and practical solutions.

The ICGCM is an annual conference in which peer-reviewed papers are presented by the authors in an open forum designed to encourage discussion and debate. We take pride in producing quality papers that are developed through a formal peer-reviewed process. We strive to produce a 21st century product.  This product includes a state-of-the-art website that enables streamlined submission, review, and downloadable electronic files at no cost. Our vision is to build the website into a year-round resource for people seeking information on ground control topics.

Please see the full website for Ground Control with complete  details as they become available at: http://groundcontrolmining.com/

Authors Overview
The program committee for the 2018 International Conference on Ground Control in Mining has issued a call for papers.

The committee will consider abstracts covering any / all aspects of ground control in mining including, but not limited to, the following topics:

  • Extreme Ground Conditions
  • Dynamic Collapse, Bumps and Rockbursts
  • Mine Case Histories
  • In-situ Stress and Global Stability
  • Numerical Modeling Applications in Ground Control
  • Fundamental Ground Control Studies
  • Rockmass Support Performance
  • Ground Instrumentation and Monitoring Studies
  • Subsurface Subsidence
  • New Ground Control Products and
  • Equipment Development

Dates & Deadlines
Please read the following information carefully and mark your calendar with important dates and deadlines.

Prospective authors are asked to submit a 250 word abstract.
Detailed guidelines for submitting a successful abstract are provided on the submission website. Authors will be notified by January 22, 2019 of acceptance.

Communication from SME
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Presenting Author Registration, Funding, and Visa Application
Registration opens April 2019. Presenting authors are required to register and pay fees.  Authors of accepted manuscripts will be asked to pay a $250 deposit towards their registration fee at the time manuscript submittal.   You are encouraged to begin planning for funding and visa arrangements now, as these processes can sometimes take several months. For Visa and letters of invitation, please contact

Customer Service, SME, cs@smenet.org, 303.948.4220.

The Preliminary Program
The preliminary program and registration materials are posted online.

A Note About Deadlines
Deadlines will be strictly enforced in order to ensure efficient, fair, and professional management of the review process. NO exceptions will be made. Please mark your calendar with important conference dates and plan so that your activities take place well before deadlines to avoid unforeseen or unavoidable delays in your schedule. This will help us to avoid errors caused by large volumes of late submissions,  and to give SME and Program Committee members time to assist you, should you require assistance.

Key Dates

December 21, 2018 Abstracts for consideration are due
January 2019 Authors notified of acceptance
February 22, 2019 Papers due for peer review
April 1, 2019 Peer Review Completion Date
April 25, 2019 Authors Reconciliation of Peer Review Comments
May 1, 2019 Approval of Final Paper by Primary Reviewer
May 2, 2019 Final Papers due for Editorial Review 


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