Geotechnical Inputs to Block Cave Mining

Geotechnical Inputs to Block Cave Mining


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  • Duration: 3 sessions of 2 hours each
  • CEUs: 0.8 (8 PDHs) Tool Tip

Course Summary

At popular request we are bringing this course to you as a live webcast!


This course presents the importance of geotechnical inputs in different stages of a block cave mine. The collection of appropriate geotechnical data during the assessment and initial development of a block caving operation helps in the design of block cave layouts and in the sizing of material handling systems. During the planning and scheduling phase, geotechnical parameters often affect the production rate and capacity of the mine. In the operations phase, the monitoring of ground response to mining helps in the safe and productive operation of the block cave mine.

Pre-Course e-Learning

Prior to the course, registered delegates have access to the online e-learning material consisting of an introductory course titled Introduction to Block Caving.

Certificate in Mining Studies

This course qualifies for one day of short course credit for the Certificate in Mining Studies (CMS), a continuing education program of accredited short courses, webcasts and online courses for lifelong learning in mining, supported by University of British Columbia, University of Arizona and University of Concepción. more details »

Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

Registered participants who attend the entire webcast and complete an evaluation at the end of the course will receive a Certificate of Attendance, confirming the Professional Development Hours (PDH)/Continuing Education Units (CEU) earned. Please confirm with your employer and/or professional association that this course qualifies for CPD.

Who Should Attend?

This course is designed for engineers involved in the design and operation of block cave mines, to provide additional information that can be used in the safe and productive operation of their mines.

Srikant Annavarapu

Srikant Annavarapu is currently a Principal Mining Engineer at AMEC and President, Master Geotech Services LLC. He has a B.Tech. in Mining Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology in Kharagpur, India and a Ph.D. in Mining Engineering from the University of Arizona, Tucson. He is a Professional Geological Engineer in the State of Arizona and is a Registered Member of the SME. With nearly 30 years of geotechnical experience within the mining industry, both underground and surface, he has designed surface and underground mining systems at multiple mining locations throughout the world, including block cave mines in Indonesia; sub-level stoping mines in Central America and Nevada; drift-and-fill gold mines in the USA; and blasthole, room-and-pillar, and cut-and-fill mines in India. Dr. Annavarapu has provided ground support and excavation designs for a variety of underground stoping systems and openings in numerous locations within varied geologic settings, and is currently involved in several mine design projects around the world.

Provisional Schedule

This webcast is scheduled to be held from 9:00am to 11:00am PDT/Vancouver, Canada time.

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This webcast is divided into three sessions with following topics:

Session 1: 1 October 2013, from 9:00am to 11:00am Pacific Daylight Time

Introduction to Geomechanics in Block Cave Mining

Geomechanical Inputs in Block Cave Design

  • Ground characterization
  • Caveability assessment
  • Fragmentation assessment
  • Extraction level design
  • Undercut layout
  • Subsidence assessment
Session 2: 2 October 2013, from 9:00am to 11:00am Pacific Daylight Time

Geomechanics in Block Cave Mine Planning

  • Development scheduling
  • Scheduling of drawpoint operations
  • Undercut scheduling and lead-lag design
  • Interactive draw
  • Interaction with other excavations
Session 3: 3 October 2013, from 9:00am to 11:00am Pacific Daylight Time

Geomechanics in Block Cave Operations

  • Hazard assessment
  • Drawpoint monitoring
  • Fragmentation assessment and monitoring
  • Cave monitoring and subsidence

How to Register

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Questions? Please contact Edumine: +1 604 683 2037 or and we will get back to you during regular business hours, Monday - Friday, 8:00am to 5:00pm Pacific Time.

Registration Deadline

Online registration ends 15 minutes prior to the webcast; however phone registration can be accepted up to the start of the webcast. Please call +1 604 683 2037 ext. 259 for last-minute reservations. Webcasts fill up quickly. Early booking is advised!


The fee covers the lecture, access to electronic course notes, Pre-Course e-Learning and a certificate of attendance.

Early Bird: there is a 10% discount if you register at least 30 days prior to the course start date. A 10% discount is offered for groups of 5 or more OR if you provide your Annual Edumine subscription User ID at time of registration. The maximum discount that can be applied is 20%.

This webcast is designed for both individual and group participation and would make an excellent company-sponsored in-house training event. If you have a group of twenty or more who would like to attend this course from one location, please contact us at +1 604 683 2037 for special pricing.

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System Requirements

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Accessing the Webcast

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Terms and Conditions

By submitting the webcast registration form, you agree to pay the associated fees in full before the course start date.


Notice of cancellation must be given in writing by letter, fax or email and action will be taken to recover, from the delegates or their employers, that portion of the fee owing at the time of cancellation.

If a delegate submits written notice of cancellation 10 or more business days prior to the first day of the webcast, Edumine will refund the cost of the webcast.

If a delegate submits written notice of cancellation prior to the webcast but within 9 business days of the first day of the webcast, Edumine will refund the delegate's payment less a 10% administration fee.

If a delegate submits written notice of cancellation after the webcast has started, or misses all or a portion of the webcast without notice, no refund will be granted.

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