MINING 7102 - Mine Geotechnical Engineering

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2020

Mining methods selection - core geotechnical risks; rock mass discontinuity mapping techniques; collection, analysis and application of geotechnical data (including basic statistics); rock mass classification systems - practical applications; excavation stability and spans - applications to soft and hard rock; rock reinforcement and support - soft and hard rock; mine fill design and applications; coal pillar mechanics and design; longwall geomechanics; caving mechanics - hard rock; subsidence; dynamic events: seismicity, rock bursts, airblasts & outbursts; slope stability - soft and hard rock; instrumentation and monitoring; application of numerical methods to mine design; hazard assessment/ground control management/risk mitigation; case studies in numerical modelling; industry presentations/case studies. The course provides students with a practical understanding of the application of geotechnical engineering principles in mining from the perspective of planning, design and operations. The course covers soft and hard rock, as well as underground and open-cut mining systems.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code MINING 7102
    Course Mine Geotechnical Engineering
    Coordinating Unit School of Civil, Environmental & Mining Eng
    Term Semester 1
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s North Terrace Campus
    Units 3
    Contact Up to 4 hours per week
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Assessment Exams and assignments
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Noune Melkoumian
    Course Timetable

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

    See Course Planner and/or the Course Profile on MyUni.
  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    On successful completion of this course the students will:
    1. Have the ability to recognise major geotechnical applications and their significance within the mainstream mining systems and conditions.
    2. Have sound working knowledge of fundamental mechanisms and geotechnical principles within the context of practical mining applications
    3. Have the ability to recognise the role and importance of geotechnical principles in a comprehensive range of mining applications, both from a technical perspective, and from the risk and operational management perspective
    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)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    1, 2, 3
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    1, 2, 3
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    2, 3
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    1, 2, 3
    Intercultural and ethical competency
    • adept at operating in other cultures
    • comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
    • able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
    • demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
    2, 3
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
    1, 2, 3
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    • Lecture and self-study materials
    • PowerPoint slides
    • Video and/or audio recordings of lecture sessions (if corresponding technology is available at the lecture venue);
    • Relevant videos and scientific and technical papers 
    • Study/Reading Guide (available under Course Information on MyUni)
    • Discussions based on mining case studies 
    • Tutors
    • Rocscience software
    • Microsoft Excel and Word    
    • CAT suite
    Recommended Resources
    There are no prescribed textbooks for this course.  However, the following references may be of assistance, as are a range of industry reports and professional journals.

    • Rock Mechanics and the Design of Structures in Rock. L Obert & WI Duvall, John Wiley & Sons (1967).  
    • Fundamentals of Rock Mechanics, JC Jaeger & NGW Cook, Chapman & Hall (1979).
    • Rock Mechanics for Underground Mining GHG Brady & ET Brown, (3rd ed. 2005) published by Springer.   
    • Coal Mine Ground Control. SS Peng, John Wiley & Sons (1986).
    • Geotechnical Instrumentation and Monitoring in Open Pit and Underground Mining. T Szwedzicki (ed.), AA Balkema (1993).
    • Rock Support in Mining and Underground Construction. PK Kaiser & DR McCreath (eds.), AA Balkema (1992). 
    • Rock Slope Engineering. E Hoek & JW Bray, Inst. of Mining & Metallurgy, London (1994).
    • Rockbursts in Coal Mines and their Prevention. G Brauner, AA Balkema (1994).
    • Australian Coal Mining Practice – Monograph 12. AJ Hargraves, CH Martin (eds.), AusIMM (1975) (2007 new edition)
    • Subsidence Engineers’ Handbook. National Coal Board (1975).
    • Rock Support and Reinforcement Practice in Mining. E Villaescusa, C Windsor & A Thompson (eds.), AA Balkema (1999).
    • Cablebolting in Underground Mines.  D Hutchinson & M Diederichs, BiTech Publishers (1996).   
    • Deep and high stress mining, 1st Int’l Seminar, ACG, Perth, 2002 .
    • MassMin2000 Conf. Proceedings, AusIMM, Brisbane, 2000.
    • ISRM 2003 Proceedings – Technology roadmap for rock mechanics, South Africa (SAIMM).
    • Ground control in mining  - Technology and practice, Proc. Of 1st Aust. Ground control in Mining Conf., UNSW, ed. Hebblewhite, 2003.
    • Surface support in mining, ed. Potvin, Stacey & Hadjigeorgiou, ACG – WA, 2004.
    Online Learning
    Information about the course and relevant teaching materials (lecture slides, additional reading materials, assignment handouts etc) will be posted on MyUni.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This course is taught in collaboration with all other MEA Universities (WASM at the Curtin University of Technology, UNSW, and UQ). The course teaching and learning modes involve:

    - Activity-based learning: The course utilises activity-based learning methods. Activity-based learning is different from the traditional face-to-face lecture format of a lecturer in front of the class doing most of the talking. The sessions could include traditional
    lecture using a PowerPoint presentation, in-class activity, self-study and tutorial session to reinforce the learning.

    - Lectures and tutorials: Assignment work will be supported with weekly tutorial sessions. The contents of these are aligned with
    the assignments to help students. Although this is an activity-based course, it is advised that most work be conducted within the School.

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

    Contact on average of up to 4 hours per week.
    Learning Activities Summary
    This course involves face to face lecture and tutorial sessions. See the course profile on MyUni for the detailed learning activity summary.
    Specific Course Requirements
    Assumed Knowledge: C&ENVENG 2069, C&ENVENG 3071 & C&ENVENG 3072; MINING 2010 (Mining Geomechanics)

    MINNG 7102 – Mine Geotechnical Engineering course follows on from the Mining Geomechanics (MINING 7072), and presents many of the practical applications of rock mechanics to mining engineering by way of further theory and method definition plus case studies of mining applications.

    Small Group Discovery Experience
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    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
    Datailed handouts for each assignment are available on the Course website on MyUni.
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Students must submit both assignments and sit the final examination to pass the course.
    Assessment Detail
    Due to the current COVID-19 situation modified arrangements have been made to assessments to facilitate remote learning and teaching. Assessment details provided here reflect recent updates.

    Assignment-1: 20%
    Assignment-2: 30%
    Final examination: 50%

    Final examination will have two parts:
    Part-1: Take home written exam (develop and submit via MyUni solutions/answers to given problems by the set deadline).
    Part-2: Oral exam (one on one online discussions with the instructor on topics covered in the course).

    This component of the final examination will be recorded in Zoom.You will receive a Zoom link for this.
    Students must score minimum 40 % for Final Examination (Part-1 and Part-2 combined) to pass the course.
    Detailed information on the submission requirements is stated in the assignment handouts, and in the course profile.
    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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