Mine Planning - MINE3230

Faculty: Faculty of Engineering

School: School of Mining Engineering

Course Outline:

Campus: Sydney

Career: Undergraduate

Units of Credit: 6

EFTSL: 0.12500 (more info)

Indicative Contact Hours per Week: 4

Enrolment Requirements:

Prerequsite: MINE3220

CSS Contribution Charge: 2 (more info)

Tuition Fee: See Tuition Fee Schedule

Further Information: See Class Timetable

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This course deals with the theoretical principles and practical methodologies associated with mine planning. Mine planning is an interative process entailing elements of design, scheduling and evaluation. As part of the planning process a range of issues has to be considered including, short and long term planning, mine optimisation, cut-off grade analysis and mining valuation. The course presents principles of surface and underground mine planning for metalliferous and coal mining projects.

Students will be expected to complete a mine planning project with emphasis on pit optimisation, long term production scheduling and financial evaluation.

This course involves the following topics:
  • Mine planning process
  • Economic environment and mine planning
  • Role of feasibility studies in mine planning
  • Project evaluation techniques
  • Open pit and underground mine optimisation
  • Mine scheduling and production planning
  • Cut-off grade analysis
  • Financial technical modelling and revenue assumptions
  • Sensitivity and risk analysis
  • Mine closure planning


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