The highly anticipated Association of Mines Surveyors of Zimbabwe (AMSZ) Annual General Meeting (AGM) and Conference of 2023 is just around the corner, with only 9 days left until the event kicks off in the resort town of Victoria Falls.
The eagerly-awaited gathering is set to take place from the 11th to the 14th of October 2023, with mine surveyors from the country and beyond eagerly preparing to attend. The AGM and Conference will be running under the theme, “Strengthening the Mining Innovation Ecosystem through Investment, Technology, Skills, and Collaboration”.
According to AMSZ President Gabriel Mwale, there will be six key issues that will be discussed at the event which include among others government mine Surveyor’s certificate of competency, lobbying for increased technology in Mine Survey Offices nationwide and plenary discussions.
AMSZ AGM and Conference 2023, Key Issues:
- The Mining Bill and the Role of Surveyors therein.
- Lobbying for increased technological investments in Mine Survey Offices nationwide, to enhance accuracy, efficiency and safety.
- Promoting the latest and cutting-edge global best practices and procedures.
- The Government Mine Surveyor’s Certificate of Competency.
- National Certification of Mine Survey Assistants to improve the accuracy of survey data collection and measurement.
- Plenary discussions on improving general services that Mine Surveyors provide to the industry.
The AMSZ AGM & Conference serves as a dynamic platform for mine surveyors, geospatial professionals, and industry leaders to come together, exchange knowledge, and discuss emerging trends, challenges and solutions in the field. It is a unique opportunity for professionals to expand their network, gain insights, and explore opportunities for growth and collaboration.
The event will bring together experts from various sectors, including mining, geomatics, engineering, and technology. With a diverse range of presentations, workshops, and panel discussions, participants can expect to gain valuable insights into the latest advancements in mining surveying techniques, equipment, and software. Additionally, attendees will learn about sustainable mining practices and professional development opportunities.
Furthermore, the event will feature an exhibition area where leading companies and technology providers will showcase the latest geospatial tools, surveying equipment, software solutions and mining equipment in general. Participants will have the opportunity to interact with leading industry experts, explore innovative technologies, and witness live demonstrations of cutting-edge equipment.
Roles of a mine surveyor
Mine Surveyors use scientific tools and surveying skills to map out mineral deposits and determine the commercial viability of potential and existing mines. They also create mine plans to accurately represent surface and underground mining activities.
Listed below are the primary duties of a mine surveyor:
- certify the accuracy of underground surveys and surface mining plans
- indicate the risks or dangers at a mining location on a mine plan sheet
- carry out initial surveys and assessments on potential sites
- chart surface areas using GPS
- create 3D models of mining sites using digital imaging and design software
- prepare mine plans and liaise with relevant authorities
- use geographic information systems to create site maps, including mine structures and deposit layers
- identify risks and the environmental effects of mining activities within a location
- negotiate contracts to buy, lease or provide access to mining sites
- review ownership rights or native titles
- carry out a valuation of mineral deposits within a mine
- update site maps and mine plans for ongoing mine development
- advise mine owners and operators on how best to restore the landscape.
Mine surveyors are involved in the accurate measurement and recording of mine workings. They are critical to the design, planning and safety of surface and underground mining activities, which must be accurately represented on mine plans.
Contact: Mubaiwa Takunda Paul Secretary-General
ASSOCIATION OF MINE SURVEYORS OF ZIMBABWE
20 Mount Pleasant Drive
P.O. BOX 712, Harare
Mobile: +263 774 460 911, Mobile: +263 773 302 920