Underground Mining Methods and Equipment is intended as both a course and a technical reference for an audience of engineers, operators, contractors, consultants, regulators, practising geoscientists and students in the mining sector.
The course provides a comprehensive introduction and reference for those who require a solid grounding in selection, design and development of mining methods and equipment. Mining method selection is based upon physical, geological, economical and environmental conditions and constraints. Equipment selection is based upon mining method and related production, performance and cost requirements. Principal course topics include the following.
- Introductions to underground mining methods, equipment and basic requirements.
- Mining methods and their application for room and pillar, sublevel stoping, shrinkage stoping, vertical retreat, cut and fill, longwall mining, sublevel caving, block caving, square set mining and other methods.
- Layout and design of underground mine development and equipment requirements.
- Equipment and selection for drilling, drifting, production, raising, shaft sinking, loading and hauling.
- Development and production estimation and costing (note - all costing and estimation information within the course were upgraded to current industry values as of 2012).
This course consists of 22 viewing sessions of 30-60 minutes each plus supporting figures, images and design tables, interactive course reviews and extensive reference material. Course duration is equivalent to approximately 20 hours of study.
The course is integrated with several interactive mining tools including:
- a mining method selection tool based on orebody characteristics; and
- a decision support system tool for mine planning and design.