Outlined below is the opening address by the president of the Institute of Mine Surveyors of South Africa (IMSSA), Jurgens Visser, in which he welcomes delegates to IMSCON 2012 and the 90th annual general meeting of IMSSA. Most of us, whether we like it or not, are creatures of habit. We continue to do things because they have worked successfully in the past. That is not to say, of course, that we ignore new ideas. We all know that in today’s competitive mining environment we cannot afford to do so. Nonetheless, we are usually so busy, that we don’t have time to sit back and look at our own particular business, from an outsider’s point of view… (more)