Hardrock Mine Design and Feasibility Project - MINE4250

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:

Prerequisite: MINE3230

CSS Contribution Charge: 2 (more info)

Tuition Fee: See Tuition Fee Schedule

Further Information: See Class Timetable

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Development of a pre-feasibility study for a metalliferous mining project. Activities include: assessment of reserves, method selection, layout and optimisation of surface and underground operations, geotechnical design, ventilation design, project risk assessment, mine scheduling, equipment selection, cost estimation, economics/finance and sustainability. Use of mine design and optimisation software packages.

This course covers the following topics:
  • Introduction of mine planning software tools
  • Review and preparation of a resource block model
  • Open pit design and optimisation procedures
  • Underground mine layout and design
  • Equipment selection
  • Production and equipment scheduling
  • Cost estimation
  • Economic evaluation
  • Ventilation design
  • Geotechnical design
  • Project evaluation
  • Sustainable development (Risk, social, environmental, mine closure, legislations, etc.)


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