Shaft design and construction 2019

4th International Conference on Shaft Design and Construction

November 18-20, 2019
Marriott Downtown, Toronto

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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


Start planning your participation!

Monday November 18

08:00 Registration
08:45 Introduction & Welcome
09:00 Keynote speaker: Bill Shaver
09:30 Presentation 1
09:55 Presentation 2
10:20 Coffee break
10:40 Presentation 3
11:05 Presentation 4
11:30 Presentation 5
11:55 Lunch
13:00 Presentation 6
13:25 Presentation 7
13:50 Presentation 8
14:15 Coffee break
14:35 Presentation 9
15:00 Presentation 10
15:25 Presentation 11
15:50 Presentation 12
16:15 Closing remarks

Tuesday November 19

08:00 Registration
08:30 Welcome
08:40 Keynote Speaker: Dick McIvor
09:10 Presentation 13
09:45 Presentation 14
10:10 Coffee break
10:30 Presentation 15
10:55 Presentation 16
11:20 Presentation 17
11:45 Lunch
13:00 Presentation 18
13:25 Presentation 19
13:50 Presentation 20
14:15 Coffee break
14:35 Presentation 21
15:00 Presentation 22
15:25 Presentation 23
15:50 Presentation 24
16:15 Closing remaks
18:30 Social activity

Wednesday November 20

08:30 Registration
08:50 Welcome
09:00 Presentation 25
09:25 Presentation 26
09:50 Presentation 27
10:15 Coffee break
10:35 Presentation 28
11:00 Presentation 29
11:25 Presentation 30
11:50 Lunch
13:00 Presentation 31
13:25 Presentation 32
13:50 Presentation 33
14:15 Coffee break
14:35 Presentation 34
15:00 Presentation 35
15:25 Presentation 36
15:50 Presentation 37
16:15 Conference summary & conclusion


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
Xiaomin Zhou Universisty of Science and Technology Beijing China
Gert Judeel GeoSindile South Africa
Guylaine Richard CIM Canada


Confirmed keynote speakers

Dick McIvor

Richard (Dick) McIvor

For the past 19 years McIvor Engineering And Maintenance Services Inc. has been providing hoisting plant design and support services to mining clients in North America. Prior to starting his consulting service, Dick McIvor was a specialist mechanical engineer at INCO Limited in Sudbury where he was responsible for stationary plant including all INCO’s hoisting plants. He is a CIM life member and currently is on the executive of the CIM Maintenance, Engineering & Reliability Society. Dick is also the Chair of Hoist & Haul 2020 to be held in Montreal in August 2020.

Keynote Address: Mine hoist plant design fundamentals for permanent operation for shaft sinking
It is important to ensure that the basic mine hoist plant design fundamentals are incorporated into any new mine hoist plant project before detailed design engineering is commenced. Where shaft sinking is involved the design must also take into account not only the permanent service of the overall plan but the temporary service to allow for safe and efficient shaft sinking as well.

Bill Shaver

Bill Shaver

Mr. Shaver is a seasoned mining executive who has spent the last half century concentrating on all facets of the management of contracting and mining companies. An extensive amount of his time has been involved in shaft design, construction, rehabilitation, as well as operating and maintaining these shafts. Over his distinguished career Bill has spent most of his time in the contracting business with seven years at Redpath and over 30 years with Dynatec and later DMC. He worked on approximately 40 shaft projects and completing 30,000 meters of shaft sinking work. Bill continues his support of the industry with his work as a Corporate Director.

Keynote Address: Shaft Sinking: The Next 50 years
Shaft sinking innovation and advances have been incremental in the last 50 years but recently we have seen some significant innovation in rock cutting and other methods of sinking. This talk will focus on what the next 50 years holds for us, and how lessons learned in shaft sinking and mine and civil development will help to get us there.



CIM or IOM3 Member Delegate $895
Presenter/Chair $795
Committee $795
Graduate & Undergraduate Student $495
Non-Member Delegate $995
Presenter/Chair $895
Committee $895
Graduate & Undergraduate Student $495

Registration prices are subject to taxes.


Venue & Hotel

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

Book your room at the conference group rate here!


Table tops featuring Shaft sector suppliers of equipment, services and technologies will be strategically located in meeting and networking areas throughout the event.

Confirmed exhibits

Exhibit number Company
1 Nordmin
2 University of Science and Technology Beijing
3 Hepburn
4 Stantec
6 Cementation
7 Herrenknecht
8 Mine Hoists International Limited
9 Technica Mining
Exhibit number Company
10 Golder
11 available
12 DMT GmbH & Co. KG
13 FLSmidth
14 available
15 available
16 available
17 available
18 available

Are you interested in one of our remaining spots?

Price per corporate exhibit space: $1,200. Includes: one table, two chairs

Contact Nadia Bakka at to reserve your space!


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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