Mining Engineering

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Course Date: 11 August 2014 to 09 September 2014

Price: free

Course Summary

This course will provide an overview of the different phases involved in the mining process. From exploration, impact assessment, production and processing of ore, up to mine closure. Environmental and economic aspects will also be considered because they constitute important parts of the process as a whole. Emphasis will be placed on the key concerns of the mining engineer, the science behind rock behaviour as well as surface and underground mining operations. By the conclusion of this course, you will have a general understanding of the overall mining process.

Course Instructors

Dr. Olivier Buzzi

Dr. Olivier Buzzi is an Associate Professor at the University of Newcastle working in the field of Expansive Soils, Rockfall and Rock Joints. After graduating from the Ecole Normale Superieure de Cachan, France, Olivier obtained his PhD on the hydromechnical behaviour of contact between geomaterials in Grenoble in 2004. He moved to The University of Newcastle, to work with Prof. Fityus and Prof. Sloan, as a post doctoral researcher in October 2005. He became Lecturer in 2007, Senior Lecturer in 2009 and Associate Professor in 2012.

Dr. Stephen Fityus

Dr Stephen Fityus is a Professor in Geotechnical Engineering in the School of Engineering at the University of Newcastle. He completed combined degrees in Civil Engineering and Geology at the University of Newcastle in 1988 and worked as a geotechnical consultant before gaining his PhD in 2000. He teaches Engineering Geology, Introductory Soil Mechanics and Geotechnical Design in the undergraduate program at The University of Newcastle, and has conducted courses on Coal Mining Geomechanics for the Institute of Frontier Geoscience. His diverse research interests include research into the stability of waste rock piles in open pit coal mines and the disposal of coal processing wastes.

Dr. Anna Giacomini

Dr Anna Giacomini graduated from the University of Parma as a Civil Engineer in 1999. Anna undertook a PhD on Rock Joints (within the same institution), which she was awarded in 2004. She joined The University of Newcastle in 2005 with the objective to develop the Rock Mechanics research. Since then, Anna has established successful collaborations with the industry, specifically in the mining sector, around rockfall related research. She has been granted significant funding from industry and competitive schemes to conduct her research.

Course Description

What's it about?

This course will provide an overview of the different phases involved in the mining process.

This course will provide an overview of the different phases involved in the mining process. From exploration, impact assessment, production and processing of ore, up to mine closure. Environmental and economic aspects will also be considered because they constitute important parts of the process as a whole. Emphasis will be placed on the key concerns of the mining engineer, the science behind rock behaviour as well as surface and underground mining operations. By the conclusion of this course, you will have a general understanding of the overall mining process.

What's involved?

Module 1The Mining Process
9 videos, 8 quizzes, 1 assessment11 Aug - 17 Aug
Module 2Mining Geomechanics
10 videos, 9 quizzes, 1 assessment18 Aug - 24 Aug
Module 3Surface Mining
10 videos, 9 quizzes, 1 assessment25 Aug - 31 Aug
Module 4Underground Mining
10 videos, 9 quizzes, 1 assessment1 Sep - 7 Sep

What will I learn?

  • The steps in the mining process from mineral exploration to closure
  • Fundamentals of Rock Mechanics. That is, stress-strain, rock strength, effect of discontinuities, rock testing, stress in the ground and instabilities
  • Fundamentals of surface and underground mining including terminology, types of operations, economics and safety

This course requires approximately 2 - 4 hours of study per week, but can vary depending on the student. This includes watching videos, and taking quizzes and assessments. The total video time for this course is approximately 3 hours and 43 minutes.

If you pass this course you'll receive a Certificate of Achievement. While this certificate isn't a formal qualification or credit, you can use it to demonstrate your interest in learning about this area to potential employers or educational institutions.

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Where could this lead me?

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  • Civil Engineer
  • Mining Engineer

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