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MIN2002 Mine Planning and Design

Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Engineering
Grading basis : Graded
Course fee schedule : https://www.unisq.edu.au/current-students/administration/fees/fee-schedules
Version produced : 28 January 2023


Mining is an important part of the economy of many countries and companies. The market price of many minerals fluctuates both in the short term and the long term and market fluctuations can change a mining operation from being a profitable venture into a non-viable activity. In order to minimise the impact of such market changes, mines must be planned and designed for effective and efficient operation. Artificial intelligence (AI) and/or automation have been highly impactful in increasing safety and production and reducing mining and mineral processing costs. Professional and para-professional mining personnel therefore need to have an understanding of how mines are developed and how they can retain their viability. The purpose of this course is to provide a background to the major factors influencing the establishment of a mine and its continued existence.

Mines are dynamic engineering projects which are continually changing as the mining process is undertaken. In order to ensure continuous operation and viability, the development of a mine needs to be carefully planned. As mining progresses, and conditions change, design of various elements in the mining operation must occur. This course provides a background to how mines are planned and developed, and the major factors which will influence mine development. The course also focusses on the design of some of the major elements and processes of mining.

Course offers

Study period Mode Campus
Semester 2, 2022 Online
Date printed 28 January 2023