Shaft design and construction 2019

4th International conference on shaft design and construction

November 18-20, 2019
Marriott Downtown, Toronto

Call For Abstracts


4th International Conference on Shaft Design and Construction

This global shaft conference is being held for only the fourth time since its inception in 1959, and for the first time in North America. It is a conference for shaft designers, constructors, equipment suppliers, and mine owners carrying out or contemplating shaft projects. SDC2019 provides a unique opportunity for delegates and presenters to share knowledge, best practices, lessons learned, and to exchange ideas and network.

This conference will showcase the latest technology in shaft design and construction techniques and give us a window into the future of the mine development industry.



1959 – Shaft Sinking and Tunnelling, London, UK

1989 – Shaft Engineering, Harrogate, UK

2012 – Shaft Design and Construction, London, UK


Shaft Sinking Then and Now


SDC 2019 is a peer-reviewed symposium scheduled to run for 3 days with 20 exhibit poster booths and is expected to attract approximately 250 delegates.

  • Technical Program: 3 days of peer-reviewed papers and 2 keynote speakers will be presented during the symposium. Presentations will not exceed 20 minutes each.
  • Corporate Exhibits: Up to 20 poster booths regrouping Shaft sector suppliers of equipment, services and technologies will make up the place of meeting, networking and business throughout the event.
  • Social Activity: A formal evening of great entertainment, food, fun and company will allow delegates to network and celebrate.



Abstract submission deadline: March 8th, 2019
Notification to authors: April 8th, 2019
Full paper submission deadline: May 15th, 2019
Paper review deadline: June 28th, 2019
Final revised paper submission deadline: July 29th, 2019
Presenters' registration deadline: July 29th, 2019


The SDC 2019 planning committee consists of:

Conference co-chairs 

Roy Slack Cementation Canada
Alan Auld Golder Associates UK

Committee members 

Kevin Irving Xstract Mining Consultants Australia
Slawomir Switon KGHM Cuprum Poland
Jochen Greinacher Deilmann Haniel Germany
Christine Blackwell IOM3 UK
Kevin Melong The Redpath Group Canada
Alun Price Jones Cementation Canada / UK
George Sturgis Hecla USA
Joe Sopko Moretrench USA
Guylaine Richard CIM Canada


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Submit your abstract for the Shaft Design and Construction Conference before March 8, 2019!

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Online registration will open in May 2019. Stay tuned!


SDC 2019 will be held at the Marriott Downtown hotel in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Book your room at the conference group rate here!


Up to 20 poster booths featuring Shaft sector suppliers of equipment, services and technologies will be strategically located in meeting and networking areas throughout the event.


We believe in building long-term relationships with our partners that foster value, visibility, and innovative brand amplification.

Partnering with the CIM in supporting the Shaft Design & Construction Conference positions your organization as a leader in this critical area of underground mine development.

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The CIM would also like to recognize and thank The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining (IOM3) for their support in bringing this conference to North America.

CIM Contacts

Conference chairpersons

  • Roy Slack

    Conference Co-chair

  • Alan Auld

    Conference Co-chair

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