MINING 7114 - Simulation & Animation for Mining Engineers

North Terrace Campus - Winter - 2016

Students will learn a special simulation language (GPSS/H) and software (PROOF) to make animations. Mining operations will be highlighted. Actual mining examples from Australian mines will be used as case histories.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code MINING 7114
    Course Simulation & Animation for Mining Engineers
    Coordinating Unit School of Civil, Environmental & Mining Eng
    Term Winter
    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 exam (25%), major project (25%), final exam (50%)
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Mr John Sturgul

    Course Coordinator: Prof. John Sturgul


    Location: Engineering North N227

    Office Hours: To be advised
    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1. Knowledge of simulation problems
    2. The GPSS/H language
    3. Simulation Examples
    4. Mining examples (simulation)
    5. Animation of mining systems
    6. Complex mine simulation
    7. Complex mine animations
    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)
    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
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    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
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Simulation & Animation for Mining Engineers, John R. Sturgul, pub. Taylor & Francis, London, 2015.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    MEA Course Description

    Students will learn special a simulation language known as GPSS/H for doing mine simulation. Animation will be done using software known as PROOF. Students will be able to model simple mining operations. As each new topic in GPSS/H is introduced, example(s) from actual mines in Australia will be given as case studies.

    Mine Simulation problem component

    This component provides an introduction to solving problems that arise when studying Mining Systems. Topics will include many different mining systems from around the world. The problem solving component will be done primarily using actual mine in Australia. These examples will attempt to show the student Why?” and “How?”
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    Attendance at the lectures and tutorials is important. Any student who misses more than 25% of the course lectures should not expect to pass.

    Assumed Background

    This course is designed for third and fourth year mining engineering students. The only prerequisite is Introduction to Mining and a knowledge of spread sheets. The course may also be taken by post-graduate students.

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    Learning Activities Summary

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  • 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
    Students will have various projects to hand in either in person or electronically. The final project will need to be shown in person as well as submitted.  There will be a main project to do.   Grades will be determined as follows:

                             Mid-term exam                     35%
                            Term project                          65%

    Assessment Detail

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    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.

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

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