Underground Mining Practice

Underground Mining Practice

Areas of Study: Mining

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A comprehensive treatment of all aspects of underground mining, from exploration, feasibility, design and development ... to production, ventilation, backfill and drainage. This course provides a detailed, practical reference for engineers, mine operators, technicians and students.

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

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  • Completion:
  • 80 days
  • CEUs:
  • 4.0 (40 PDHs)

Course Summary

Introduction

A comprehensive treatment of all aspects of underground mining, from exploration, feasibility, design and development, to production, ventilation, backfill and drainage. This course provides a detailed, practical reference for engineers, mine operators, technicians and students.

Underground Mining Practice is based on the author's 50 years of experience as a mining engineer in operations, consulting, teaching and research, specializing in mining and geotechnical engineering, mine planning, audits and training, and development, review and monitoring of mining R&D programs.

Underground mining topics covered by the course include:

  • the role of mine planning;
  • information and reporting systems;
  • orebody exploration;
  • mine development and preparation;
  • ground control and backfill;
  • explosives and fragmentation;
  • production, rock breaking and delivery;
  • primary and auxiliary ventilation;
  • usage, reticulation and storage of fill;
  • pumping and drainage;
  • geotechnical investigation;
  • mine layout design.

Course Content

This course consists of 41 viewing sessions of 30-60 minutes each presented at both summary and detailed text levels, plus supporting figures, images, reference tables, and interactive course reviews. Course duration is equivalent to approximately 40 hours of viewing content.

Learning Outcomes

  • Discuss the roles of exploration, feasibility studies, mine planning, information systems, development, ground control, explosives, fragmentation, production and delivery systems, ventilation, backfill, drainage, geotechnical investigation, and mine layout design in the development and operation of an underground mine.
  • Apply the knowledge gained to the feasibility, planning and production stages of a mining operation.

Recommended Background

  • A partial degree or diploma in mining engineering or a related discipline.
  • Experience of underground mining operations.

Ken Mathews, M.E. Mining

In Memoriam: we honour Ken Mathews, a pioneer in the field of mining rock mechanics, who passed away in July 2007.

Ken Mathews had over 50 years experience as a mining engineer in operations, consulting, teaching and research, specializing in mining and geotechnical engineering, mine planning, audits and training, and development, review and monitoring of mining R&D programs.

Ken held teaching and research positions at the University of British Columbia and the University of Minnesota, a guest lecturer position at the University of California, Berkeley, and was Director of Mining Research at the Julius Kruttschnitt Mineral Research Centre, University of Queensland from 1982 to 1986. He also practised consulting to the mining industry as a Principal of Golder Associates in both Canada and Australia.

Areas of special interest and accomplishment included excavation design in fractured rock, rock breaking with explosives, materials handling in mines, mine filling systems and mine ventilation systems.

His honours include receiving the Presidents Medal of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy in New Zealand in 1989.

In 1990, he accepted the position of Director of Mining Research for HRDK Mining Research Ltd., an agency company for Falconbridge Ltd., INCO Ltd., and Noranda Minerals Inc.; specializing in the development of continuous mining systems for underground, hard rock mining. He completed his career as a review consultant.