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SafeDeepMining – Rock Engineering for Deep Mines

(Certificate university program for further education)

Course Aim and Target Group

The continuing education program “Rock Engineering for Deep Mines” addresses the shortage of rock engineering personnel in the European mining industry. The emphasis of the education program is on the application of rock engineering principles in the mining industry in order to make deep mining operations safer and more efficient. It provides the participants with the basic knowledge and skills required to address and solve practical rock engineering problems.

This education program is directed at mines, governmental organizations responsible for supervision of mining activities, consulting companies in the field of mining, having to deal with rock pressure problems, and personnel employed in the mining industry.

Objectives of the Program

The emphasis of the education program is on the application of rock engineering principles in the mining industry in order to make deep mining operations safer and more efficient. It provides the participants with the basic knowledge and skills required to address and solve practical rock engineering problems.

At the end of this program the successful participant is able to:

  • identify existing and likely future rock pressure problems.
  • analyse the problems in terms of the nature of the problem and suitable solutions.
  • develop solutions to eliminate or recognize the rock pressure problem.
  • train mining personnel to recognize hazardous rock fall situations and to take the appropriate support measures.
  • select the correct support method and design of support system, or where required, develop and introduce new support systems.
  • evaluate mine design from a rock pressure point of view and, where or when necessary, modify or replace it with more appropriate designs.
  • evaluate the mining method from the rock pressure point of view and modify or change it where necessary.
  • examine the mining sequence and change it where necessary.
  • assist in the implementation of the proposed solution to the rock pressure problem.
  • design and implement appropriate instrumentation- and monitoring systems.
  • determine and quantify the nature and magnitude of the rock pressure problem.
  • monitor the effectiveness of measures adopted to eliminate or minimise the rock pressure problem.
  • review the rock pressure situation on an on-going basis. 

Content

Compulsory Modules:

  1. Fundamentals of rock mechanics (2)
  2. Rock mechanical lab testing (2)
  3. Numerical modelling (2)
  4. Field work and monitoring (2)
  5. Ground support (2)
  6. Rock engineering design in mines (2)
  7. Mining induced seismicity – rock bursts general (1)
  8. Management of rock pressure risk (1)

Elective Modules:

  1. Management of rock burst problems in deep mines (1)
  2. Rock engineering aspects in salt mining (1)
  3. Rock engineering aspects in block caving (1)
  4. Backfill in deep mines (1)

(Number in brackets indicate duration of modules in weeks)

The program comprises eight compulsory and four elective modules, out of which the participants have to select three. The duration of the modules varies from one to two weeks. The 17-month-course will be held in five blocks, each consisting of two to three modules with a duration of three to four weeks.

Between these course blocks intervals of three months will allow the participants to return to their normal work. During these they are expected to complete mine-specific assignments.

The program is to be completed with a project work paper.

Entry Requirements

Detailed information about the application procedure can be found here:

Degree and Title

Academically certified “Rock Engineer for Deep Mines”

Contact

Detailed information about the dates of the modules and the organization of the program can be found here