Authors | Speakers | Reviewers

Ground Support 2023
10-12 October 2023 | Perth, Western Australia
Hyatt Regency Perth

Abstracts due 14 April 2023 via ProMPT

Ground Support 2023 proceedings editor

Associate Professor Johan Wesseloo
Associate Professor and Director, Australian Centre for Geomechanics

Since obtaining a BEng (Civil) and MEng (Geotechnical) from The University of Pretoria, Johan has been involved in geotechnical engineering in open pit and underground environments throughout 14 countries. He commenced his career in 1998 as a geotechnical engineer at SRK Consulting in Johannesburg where his experience included open pit and underground projects in varying geotechnical conditions. In 2005 he was awarded a PhD (Geotechnical) from The University of Pretoria. Johan joined the ACG in 2007 as a research fellow. During his time at the ACG, Johan has been involved in research, the supervision of postgraduate students and geotechnical training. He also performs geotechnical and mining-induced seismicity reviews providing him with the valuable opportunity to visit numerous operations worldwide. Johan was instrumental in the development of the mXrap software and many of the software routines and apps available in that platform. Johan is a Fellow of The Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy and the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy. He was awarded the SAIMM Gold Medal in 2006 and 2016, and the SAIMM Silver Medal in 2014. In 2019, Johan was appointed director.

Important dates

The following dates will help you take your accepted abstract through to final paper stage. We recommend you add these dates (AWST) to your calendar. 

Task Due date
Abstract submission
14 April 2023
Abstract acceptance
21 April 2023
Draft paper submission
9 June 2023
Reviewer feedback
16 June 2023
Final paper submission, speaker registration, bio notes, publication agreement, and presentation agreement
4 August 2023
PowerPoint presentation
29 September 2023

ProMPT: ACG online conference proceedings portal

ProMPT is the ACG’s online conference proceedings portal where all submissions and communications regarding your publication will occur. In order to submit an abstract for this conference, you will need to create an account on ProMPT.

Publications process

Abstract submission
Abstracts should not exceed 300 words. Your abstract will be reviewed by the conference editor and you will be notified whether it has been accepted or not accepted. If accepted, we will provide you with the details required to submit your draft paper. 

Draft paper submission
Your draft paper must be submitted using the ACG paper template. Please refer to the associated documents listed below.

Reviewer feedback
Your paper will undergo a single-blind peer review process. All reviewer comments, tracked changes, and feedback will be incorporated into your draft paper, together with ACG desktop publishing changes. We will send you this reviewed version so you can address the comments in your paper. You are required to address and make the changes. If you do not make the changes, please provide an explanation. In some cases, your paper will be returned to the reviewer/s for confirmation changes have been appropriately made.

Final paper submission
Your final paper must be submitted together with your speaker registration, signed publication agreement, signed presentation agreement, and speaker bio notes.

Speaker registration
It is mandatory your speaker registration be completed and paid for your paper to be published. There is one speaker per presentation. The ACG publications team will not undertake any desktop publishing or proofreading work on your final paper until you have registered as a speaker. If you register and subsequently withdraw your paper from the conference, the ACG will withhold an editorial fee of AUD 440 (GST inclusive). Please refer to the Speaker Terms & Conditions.

Publication agreement
To publish your paper, the ACG requires you sign and submit a publication agreement. This must be signed by the lead author of the paper. Your paper will be published in the conference proceedings, as well as on the ACG Online Repository of Conference Proceedings.

PowerPoint submission
You will be required to forward your PowerPoint presentation to the ACG. If you have video or audio, please advise the ACG. Presentations must be submitted in PowerPoint format. No other formats, including PDF, are accepted.

Presentation agreement
To deliver your presentation, the ACG requires that you sign and submit a presentation agreement. This must be signed by the person presenting at the conference. This document will be sent to you at a later date.

Finalising your paper for publication
Once your paper is ready to finalise, the ACG publications team will undertake a final full edit and proofread of your paper. Following this, we will provide you with a PDF version of your final paper to review.

 Author, Speaker and Reviewer Opportunities

If you are interested in being a paper reviewer for the Ground Support series, please email publications-acg@uwa.edu.au

Professional Accreditation

Participation in this event may contribute towards your professional development accreditation in the following ways:

  • Attending the event.
  • Presenting at the event.
  • Publishing a paper in the event proceedings.
  • Technically peer-reviewing an event paper/s.

The ACG makes no guarantee of this and recommends you contact your respective professional organisation/s. If you require a certificate of attendance, the ACG can provide you with one. Please contact info-acg@uwa.edu.au for details.