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Introduction to Mining and Mineral Processing

This course presents and overview of all aspects of mining from exploration, financing, development and mining operations. Underground and open pit mining are contrasted. Mineral processing systems for the production of gold, diamonds, copper, nickel, zinc and iron will be studied. Topics include decision-making process related to world market commodity pricing, mine planning and design, mining equipment, blasting and environmental considerations. Concepts of sustainability from economic, social and environmental perspective will be explored. Case studies, a major field trip and related assessment will be used to illustrate principles taught and how they are applied in a practical situation. 


Computer Applications and Instrumentation in Mining

This lab applies commonly used computer applications to mining engineering problems and conducts experiments with instrumentation used in surface and underground mining and mineral processing. A major field trip in conjunction with MINE 201 will be used to illustrate principles taught and how they are applied in mining operations.


Underground Mining

A study of underground mining technology with special reference to economic optimization in both design and production. Conventional and up to date mining methods are reviewed. Developments and trends in mining methods are closely analyzed. Mine design is studied in relation to ore reserves, tonnage and grade distribution, equipment with emphasis on the growing importance of maintenance on underground machinery and capacities of various production units. Development and production costs associated with mining are an inherent aspect of this course. The problems and possibilities of existing and evolving mining techniques are reviewed.


Applied Chemistry and Instrumental Methods for Mining

This course provides an overview of the chemistry of inorganic and organic compounds used in the practice of mining and mineral processing including hydro-and pyro- extractive methods. Chemistry and chemical interactions for selected reagent formulations used in blasting, flotation/flocculation, leaching/precipitation, solvent extraction/electrowinning and pollution control technologies are outlined with relevant stoichiometry. Steady state-state energy and materials balances are discussed. The first part of the laboratory part of the course includes principles of analytical chemistry while the second part is a review of instrumental techniques typical of analytical groups in most mining companies. Safety in handling of hazardous chemicals is emphasized with a review of selected Material Safety Data Sheets and industry standards.


Front Line Supervision

This 2 day short course provides some basic tools which will help engineering graduates when they are placed in supervisory positions in industry. The material is generic in nature and examples cover various aspects of mining (production, maintenance, mill, engineering and administration), for both surface and underground operations. Topics include: Discovering a commonality among supervisors and their key role in maintaining standards. The importance of sharing information and expectations about costs, production goals and business objectives are explored in the context of motivation. The necessity of successful communication skills and techniques are discussed and demonstrated to achieve behaviours on the job, producing consistent results. A reliable methodology for handling difficult situations is provided. The fundamental rationale for safety and loss control is presented as well as a relevant perspective on management structure. A workable code of conduct that is a guide to professional behaviour is developed.


Drilling and Blasting

This course deals with the principles of commercial explosives technology and the application of blasting in mining and construction. The planning, design, economic considerations and trends of drilling and blasting practices in the different segments of the mining and construction industries are considered. Topics covered are detonation theory, performance and sensitivity of explosives, fragmentation prediction measurement and control, vibrations from blasting, air blast, damage and special blasting techniques used in perimeter blasting and blast design methods.


Hydraulics for Mining Applications

The fluid mechanics basic to fluid hydraulic systems used in the mineral industry are introduced. Topics covered include properties of fluids, fluid statics and its application to mining. Hydrodynamic studies include the energy balance and Bernoulli's equation, energy losses in incompressible flow, the momentum equation and its application, and flow and pressure measuring devices. Flow in closed conduits, including series and parallel pipeline systems and pipe networks, is studied in detail and open channel flow is introduced. Applications include industrial pumps, sump design, hydraulic structures, underground mine dewatering systems, open pit mine drainage systems, and mine backfill and mine tailings transportation.


Mineral Industry Economics

This course for students in Mining Engineering and allied disciplines will apply basic principles of economic evaluation learned in APSCI 221 to the minerals industry.  Topics covered include: the project definition and economic evaluation process; economic analysis tools and techniques; taxation; inflation; cost estimation; the nature of mineral supply and demand; mineral commodity markets and pricing; uncertainty and risks associated with the mining industry, their analysis and incorporation into the evaluation process.  Assignments, examples, and tutorials reflect a variety of situations and challenges faced in the evaluation of exploration and mine development opportunities, as well as important applications to mining and mineral processing design and decision-making.