Mine Geology and Geophysics for Mining Operations - MINE8760

Faculty: Faculty of Engineering

School: School of Mining Engineering

Course Outline:

Campus: Sydney

Career: Postgraduate

Units of Credit: 6

EFTSL: 0.12500 (more info)

Indicative Contact Hours per Week: 0

CSS Contribution Charge: 2 (more info)

Tuition Fee: See Tuition Fee Schedule

Further Information: See Class Timetable

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This course addresses the essential interaction between the disciplines of geology and mining engineering in the geotechnical field, embracing engineering geology, structural geology and applied geophysics. The impact of engineering geological rock mass properties and structural features on mining operations is evaluated, together with likely variability of these parameters and the degree and confidence with which they can be predicted and projected ahead of the mining process. Modern geophysical techniques including 2D and 3D seismic, microseismics, tomography, electromagnetic imaging techniques, radar and down-hole survey methods are reviewed in the context of their ability to provide reliable information to assist with mine planning and operational decision-making. Effective communication systems for the geologist - engineering interface are also addressed, together with the integral role of such geological information in the planning and operations of a modern efficient mining operation.
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