APCOM 2021 - Online

From Sunday, 29. August 2021
To Thursday, 2. September 2021
Location online

Minerals Industry 4.0

The next digital transformation in mining

The APCOM events have evolved to become a major driver of innovation in the minerals industry, and over the years, many breakthrough innovations, such as geostatistics and mining process optimisation, have been initially discussed at or originated from the APCOM conferences. One of the success factors of APCOM is the intensive, high-quality dialogue that it promotes between industry and academia. Thanks to the personal commitments of APCOM’s loyal participants and supporters, the symposia continue to be a thriving success.

Key dates

26 October 2020 — Submission of Abstracts
16 November 2020 — Acceptance of Abstracts
8 March 2021 — Submission of Papers
10 May 2021 — Acceptance of Papers

Conference themes


  • Remote sensing applications
  • Automated data acquisition
  • Geotechnical and geophysical exploration
  • Drilling investment decisions

Emerging technologies:

  • Artificial neural network
  • Automation and robotics
  • Data analytics
  • Digital mining systems
  • Digital twins

Environmental issues:

  • Tailings management
  • Rehabilitation/reclamation
  • Mine closure
  • Hazardous pollution control
  • Environmental management
  • Impact assessment
  • Water management

Orebody modelling and estimation:

  • Orebody modelling techniques
  • Estimation techniques
  • Geostatistics
  • Computer visualisation
  • Simulation
  • Resource and reserve classification

Mine planning and design:

  • Mine design
  • Strategic, long-term and short-term planning
  • Production scheduling
  • Stochastic mine planning and optimisation

Mine operations:

  • SHE Management
  • Ground control/rock engineering
  • Grade control
  • Ventilation
  • Blasting design and control
  • Mining equipment productivity
  • Mineral resource management
  • Validation and reconciliation
  • Mine monitoring and control
  • Access control
  • Supply chain management
  • Project management

Mineral processing and plant operations:

  • Sampling and analysts
  • Plant and process modelling and design
  • Automation
  • Process control
  • Real-time data acquisition and application

Investment planning and project evaluation:

  • Cost estimation and projections
  • Feasibility analysis
  • Risk assessment
  • Capital projects
  • Taxation implications

Industrywide projections:

  • Economic modelling of mineral sectors
  • Supply, demand and price studies
  • Regional and national environmental planning
  • National and international planning for minerals
  • Information systems
  • Sustainable development
  • Health and Safety projections
  • Sustainable development

The APCOM 2021 Conference, the 40th in the series, will be held at Misty Hills, Muldersdrift, South Africa from 29 August – 2 September 2021. Nestled in the foothills of the Swartkop Mountains on the threshold of the beautiful Kromdraai Valley in Muldersdrift, Misty Hills is one of the most popular hotel and conference venues in Johannesburg. This charming stone-built hotel embodies the ethos of Africa. Set in more than 60 acres of lush botanical gardens, Misty Hills is the ideal venue for unctions, conferences, exhibitions, product launches, team-building, getaways, and events. Come and experience the splendour of rich African hospitality in the heart of Gauteng. Johannesburg. An optional tourist visit is planned to the nearby Pilanesberg National Park which presents an opportunity to view the ‘Big Five’.

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