Reinforcement Design for Excavation in Rock

Areas of Study: Geotechnics

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This course covers the general elements for underground rock reinforcement design, failure modes within the rock mass, types of rock reinforcement that may be utilized in the underground environment, and the design of shotcrete reinforcement for underground mining ... with emphasis on designing for weaker rock masses.

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

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  • CEUs:
  • 1.0 (10 PDHs)

Course Summary

Introduction

Reinforcement Design for Excavation in Rock is intended as both a course and a technical reference for an audience of mining engineers and geotechnical engineers concerned with underground excavation in rock.

The objective of Reinforcement Design for Excavation in Rock is to provide a standardized base for design and application of shotcrete rock reinforcement for the underground mining environment, with an emphasis on designing for weaker rock conditions. This course covers the general elements for underground rock reinforcement design, failure modes within the rock mass, types of rock reinforcement that may be utilized in the underground environment, and the design of shotcrete reinforcement for underground mining.

Course Content

The course consists of 13 viewing sessions of 30-60 minutes each with numerous illustrations and supporting tables plus course reviews (approximate course duration 10hrs).

Learning Outcomes

  • Explain the principles and techniques of reinforcement design for the primary failure modes in underground rock excavations.
  • Apply this knowledge to practical application of cable, bolt, screen, girder and shotcrete reinforcement for excavation support.

Recommended Background

  • A degree in civil, mining or geotechnical engineering, engineering geology, or related discipline.

James Mathis

Dr. Mathis received his B.Sc. in Mining Engineering from the University of Nevada Reno and a Doctorate in Rock Mechanics Engineering from the Högskolan i Luleå, Sweden. He has over 30 years of engineering consulting experience in rock mechanics. He holds professional engineering registration in Arizona (USA), Washington (USA), Nevada (USA), Northwest Territories (Canada), British Columbia (Canada), and Queensland (Australia). One of his primary specialties is rock mass characterization, with emphasis on definition and inclusion of discontinuities in statistical assessment of opening designs for rock. His research has been practically applied in a wide range of mining operations, both surface and underground.