MINING 3073 - Mine Planning

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2015

The aim of the course is to present the theoretical principles and practical methodologies associated with mine planning. Mine planning is an iterative process entailing elements of design, scheduling and evaluation. As part of the planning process a range of issues have 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 and valuation for metaliferous and coal mining projects. Students will be expected to complete a project on pit optimisation including long term production scheduling and project evaluation.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code MINING 3073
    Course Mine Planning
    Coordinating Unit School of Civil, Environmental & Mining Eng
    Term Semester 2
    Level Undergraduate
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 4 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Assumed Knowledge MINING 3070 & MINING 3071
    Course Description The aim of the course is to present the theoretical principles and practical methodologies associated with mine planning. Mine planning is an iterative process entailing elements of design, scheduling and evaluation. As part of the planning process a range of issues have 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 and valuation for metaliferous and coal mining projects. Students will be expected to complete a project on pit optimisation including long term production scheduling and project evaluation.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Emmanuel Chanda

    Assoc Professor Emmanuel Chanda
    Deputy Head of School
    Mining Education Australia Program Leader
    School of Civil, Environmental and Mining Engineering

    Email: emmanuel.chanda@adelaide.edu.au Phone: (08) 83137410

    Consulting Hours:

    Mondays: 12-1pm
    Wednesdays: 12-1pm
    Fridays: 10-11am

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

    DAY TIME VENUE ACTIVITY
    Mondays 09-10am Napier G03 Lecture
    Tuesdays 3-5pm CAT Suite 5 (G22) Computer Lab
    Wednesdays 9-10 Napier G03 Tutorial or Lecture
  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1.      Explain the process of strategic mine planning and its impact on decision-making during project development.

    2.      Design an optimal pit outline and develop the long/short term mine plans with cut-off grade optimisation.

    3.      Explain engineering aspects of surface coal mine planning, development and operation.

    4.      Explain the factors considered in underground mine planning for coal and metaliferous mines.

    5.      Construct mine schedules and compare different alternatives based on sequencing, timing and
    costs.

    6.      Create realistic, properly integrated financial/technical discounted cash flow models
    of mining projects.

    7.      Function effectively as a member of a mine planning team.

    University Graduate Attributes

    This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:

    University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s)
    Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1,2,3,4,5
    The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 4,5
    An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 3,4,5
    Skills of a high order in interpersonal understanding, teamwork and communication. 3,4,5
    A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 3,4
    A commitment to continuous learning and the capacity to maintain intellectual curiosity throughout life. 3,4
    A commitment to the highest standards of professional endeavour and the ability to take a leadership role in the community. 3,4
    An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 1,6,7
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources

    MEA Mine Planning Course Notes (2012) - available on Myuni.

    Recommended Resources
    1) Camus, Juan, Management of Mineral Resources: Creating Value in the Mining Business, Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration, Inc (SME), 2002, Littleton, CO, USA

    2) Hustrulid, WA and Kuchta, M, 2006. Open Pit Mine Planning & Design, Volume 1 – Fundamentals, 2nd Edition, 735p (Balkema: Rotterdam/Taylor and Francis: London).

    3) Hustrulid, W.A. & Bullock R. L. (2001), Underground Mining Methods – Engineering Fundamentals and International Case Studies, Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration Inc., Littleton, Colorado, ISBN: 0-87335-193-2

    4) Lane, Kenneth F. 1988. The Economic Definition of Ore - Cut-Off Grades in Theory and Practice.
    Mining Journal Books Limited, London.

    5) Rudenno, V, 2004 The Mining Valuation Handbook – Australian Mining and Energy Valuation for
    Investors and management, 430p (WrightBooks: Victoria).

    6) Runge, Ian C., 2004 Mining Economics and Strategy. Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and
    Exploration, Inc. Littleton, CO, USA.

  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes

    No information currently available.

    Workload

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
    • Lecturers = 2.0 hours per week;
    • Tutorials/Labs = 1.0 hours per week,
    • Group Work = 1  hour per week
    • Self-study = 3 hour per week


    Learning Activities Summary
    This course uses a number of different teaching and learning activities including:
    • Lectures
    • Tutorials (Problem-solving)
    • Computer labs (hands-on software applications)
    • Self-directed activities.
    • Group discussions
    • Project-based learning
    • Analysis of case studies
    • Discussions with guest lecturers


    Specific Course Requirements
    Students will be expected to complete a project on open pit mine planning and design with emphasis on pit optimisation, long term production scheduling and financial technical evaluation.
    Small Group Discovery Experience
    Students will work in groups of 4 to investigate the optimal mining plan for an open pit mining project and to develop a financial technical model of an underground mining project.
  • Assessment

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    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Tasks:
    • Tute/Lab (5%)
    • Quiz x 2 (20%)
    • Assignment (15%)
    • Project (20%, i.e., 10% each)
    • Final Exam (40%)




    Assessment Related Requirements

    Hurdle Requirement:
    To be able to pass this course you must attempt all pieces of assessment and obtain 50% or more in
    each piece of assessment.

    Assessment Detail

    ASSESSMENT DUE DATE WEIGHTING CLO/CONTENT
    Tutorials Weekly 5% [1,2,3,4,5,6,7]/participation
    Quiz #1 Week 4 10% [1,2]/Material in week 1-4; multiple choice
    Small Grp Discovery Project Week 6-9 20% [2,5,8]/Open pit design and scheduling
    Quiz #2 Week 8 10% [4,5,6]/Material in Week 5-8; multiple choice
    Small Grp Discovery Assignment Week 9-12 15% [7]/Financial Technical Modelling
    Final Examination Week 14 40% 2,3,4,5,6,7/Comprehensive examination


    Submission
    Submission:
    All assessment to be submitted on-line as required

    Late Submission:
    Late submissions will in most cases receive a zero mark. A late submission will only be allowed when a deferred deadline has been approved by the course coordinator prior to due date because of medical or extenuating circumstances. This will require documented evidence, e.g. Medical Certificate, etc.

    Course Grading

    Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:

    M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme)
    Grade Mark Description
    FNS   Fail No Submission
    F 1-49 Fail
    P 50-64 Pass
    C 65-74 Credit
    D 75-84 Distinction
    HD 85-100 High Distinction
    CN   Continuing
    NFE   No Formal Examination
    RP   Result Pending

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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