Mine Planning 2 - Operations

Mine Planning 2 - Operations

Areas of Study: Mining

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This course is the second in a set of three courses on Mine Planning. The second course introduces you to the key mine planning concepts of sequence and scheduling as well as cut-off grade.

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  • Audience Level:
  • Professional
  • Enrollment:
  • Required
  • Duration:
  • 17 hours

Course Summary


This course is the second in a set of three courses on Mine Planning. Mine Planning 2 - Operations introduces you to the key mine planning concepts of sequence and scheduling as well as cut-off grade. The mine planning process is complex and integrates several technical branches of the mining discipline including rock mechanics, rock breakage, ventilation and mine design. While mine planners should endeavour to design and implement plans that are safe, environmentally sustainable and socially acceptable, the overriding factor in the success of a mining operation and what ultimately determines whether it will proceed through feasibility studies and onto construction and development is the level of profitability. The drive to exploit a mineral resource such that it adds as much value as possible to the mining business requires a continual update of the mine plan and the rapid implementation of any value adding opportunities as they arise.


This course focuses on the main concepts associated with investigating the financial impact of a number of key levers on the value of a mine plan.

This course does not investigate core technical concepts required in mining. It is assumed that all technical parameters have been established and are feasible. The focus therefore turns to establishing financial optimality by planning and generating the best mine plan. This course also does not teach the use of mine planning and design software which in some cases may incorporate the concepts discussed within.

Course Content

Mine Planning 2 - Operations consists of 12 viewing sessions with supporting figures, tables and examples, plus interactive course reviews. The concepts that are addressed in this course may not be easy to grasp at first and may require multiple revisions before a clear understanding is gained. Course participants are expected to thoroughly work through each example by hand (the aid of Microsoft Excel is encouraged) provided within the course. This may be time-consuming; however, it is integral and will ultimately allow a successful completion of the course reviews. Total course duration is equivalent to approximately 17 hours of viewing and exercise content.

Learning Outcomes

  • Recognize how the technical aspects of mining are incorporated into the development of optimal mine plans.
  • Identify the key levers for creating value as part of the strategic mine planning process.
  • Apply these key levers to evaluate avenues for creating additional value by generating alternative mine plans.
  • Identify the key differences between the mining business and other traditional industries in terms of value creation and how these relate to the mine planning process.

Recommended Background

  • A degree or diploma in geology, mining or related discipline.

Dr. Micah Nehring Ph.D.

Micah Nehring is currently a lecturer in the Mine Planning stream of courses at The University of Queensland. His research focus is on the optimisation of mine production schedules using mathematical programming techniques. Future research will be directed toward integrating a carbon price into the optimised production scheduling process.

Prior to 2011, he worked as a lecturer and researcher at the Universidad Adolfo Ibáñez, Chile; a mine planning stream tutor at the University of Queensland; and a graduate mining engineer at Xstrata Copper Mount Isa.

Dr. Sean Shafiee Ph.D.

Sean completed his PhD in Mining Engineering with a focus on Mineral Economics and applied Real Option Valuation in mining projects through CRCMining at The University of Queensland. He has worked as an industrial consultant for Peabody Energy, Rio Tinto and Xstrata in Project Valuation and Mineral Price Modelling. He has also been actively involved in running short courses for ‘Mining Project Evaluation'. Sean completed an internship with InfoMine USA generating Australian coal cost models and comparing data from Australian coal mines to those in the USA. He has experience with the CostMine models and methodology. Sean has also published more than 15 Journal and Conference papers.

In June 2010, Sean joined JKTech as General Manager of R2Mining where he was strongly involved in the development of the CostMine Australasian business. This was a joint venture between JKTech and InfoMine.