This course provides a foundational understanding of the fundamentals of underground coal mining.
As a result of attending this course participants will gain a clear understanding of both the technical and operational aspects of an underground operation. The course pays particular attention to strategic planning processes and provides attendees with a clear insight into the business drivers for underground mines.
Who should attend?
The course is aimed at professionals, para-professionals and line management who interact with underground operations at a business, technical or operational level. The course is also designed to meet the needs of graduates and technical staff who may be considering a career in the underground sector.
- Attendees should have an understanding of the wider mining business or have completed RungePincockMinarco's Mining for Non Miners Coal course.
- A general appreciation of underground coal mining operations would be an advantage.
At the completion of this course participants will:
- Understand the financial and technical drivers that impact an underground asset
- Understand how strategic planning processes add value to underground operation
- Be able to critically assess the choice of mining method for a given deposit
- Appreciate the technical challenges (geotechnical, ventilation & gas) faced by underground operations, and actions typically taken to mitigate technical risks.
- Course overview
- Health and safety
- Coal mining globally and locally
- Performance and technology
- Australian resource base
- Asset value process
Geology and Exploration
- Coal geology
- Coal types and properties
- Exploration process, methods and costs
- Coal geology modelling
- Geological considerations for mine design
- JORC - Resource and reserves reporting
- Bord and pillar
- Longwall operation
- Alternative systems
- Capital estimation
- Strategic planning process
- Concept planning
- Feasibility process
- Mine layout
- Equipment scheduling
- Strategic margin ranking
- Geotechnical assessments
- Fundamental ground support design considerations, development and longwall
- Geotechnical inputs in mine design
- Factors that impact on mine operability
- Multi-seam longwalls
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- Australian coal seam gas reservoirs
- Managing uncertainty
- Effective ventilation and gas planning
- Coal seam gas drainage
- Managing the issues
- Ventilation and gas economics
Engineering Services and Short Term Planning
- Underground mine access options
- Typical equipment requirements
- Coal clearance systems
- Equipment selection
- Mining services
- Effective production and maintenance planning
Health and Safety
- Underground hazards and risks
- Health and safety statistics
- Managing business risks
- Incident case study
- Incident investigations
- Underground cost and revenue drivers
- Capital requirements for a new operation
- Financial tools to evaluate plans
- Financial analysis to decide between options
To register for this course, please download and fill in the appropriate booking form below.