Faculty of Mining and Geoengineering

Civil EngineeringPhD

27279
Kraków – Poland
English, Polish
PhD 





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COVERED DISCIPLINES / SKILLS IN THIS PROGRAM

Business Management Area

1.1 Mining in a global environment
   1.1.1 Analyses the market to predict future demand/supply trends
   1.1.2 Understands mine ecomics and the minerals market and their influence on mining systems
   1.1.4 Facilitates the implementation of environmental, engineering, mining and social best practices
   1.1.5 Understands and applies the 'license to operate' philosophy
1.2 Production analysis and mine optimisation
   1.2.1 Completes first-principles cost modelling
   1.2.2 Understands and applies business analysis techniques (e.g. 6 sigma, Lean Processes)
   1.2.3 Conducts simple financial analyses for optimisation projects
   1.2.4 Undertakes accurate and reliable cost benefit analyses
1.3 Organisational structures
   1.3.1 Understands the organisational, hierarchy and information flows for typical mining businesses and operations
1.4 Financial operations and production costs
   1.4.1 Understands business development principles applicable to the mining industry
   1.4.2 Interrogates and interprets financial statements
   1.4.3 Uses financial models and Analyses financial data. Forecasts cash flows
   1.4.4 Identifies the significant cost areas related to the operation
   1.4.5 Delivers cost/benefit analyses
1.5 Managing mining operations – Monitoring and compliance
   1.5.1 Reviews planned operations
   1.5.2 Oversees the implementation of plans and risk management
   1.5.3 Reports outcomes to senior management and defines objectives
   1.5.4 Reports outcomes and recommendations to relevant stakeholders
1.6 Management
   1.6.1 Manages the business, managerial capacities
   1.6.2 Manages change and risk, adapts to new situations
   1.6.3 Manages projects, organisations and teams. Leadership

Business Geomechanics and Technical Mine Area

3.1 Modelling, analysis and design
   3.1.1 Reviews engineering geology and geotechnical data (including Identifies hazards and modes of failure
   3.1.2 Designs testing programmes for geotechnical studies. Undertake geotechnical testing
   3.1.3 Conducts rock mass and soil classifications
   3.1.4 Understands rock and soil characteristics and identifies failure indications, fundamentals of rock mechanics
   3.1.5 Conducts mine geotechnical mapping
   3.1.6 Incorporates geology and geomechanic information when selecting mining methods
   3.1.7 Provides input on geotechnical issues that influence drill and blast designs
   3.1.8 Designs ground support and stope stability plans (e.g. underground, coal, hard rock)
3.2 Implementing designs and plans
   3.2.1 Procures and installs (or supervises the installation of) ground support
   3.2.2 Assesses risk and implements controls and associated monitoring
3.3 Integrated mine design
   3.3.1 Recommends methods, equipment and processes
   3.3.2 Develops initial design
   3.3.3 Uses simulation and other techniques to optimise designs
   3.3.4 Monitors implementation of mine design
3.4 Mine rehabilitation and closure
   3.4.1 Establishes project and evaluate plans
   3.4.2 Develops mine rehabilitation and closure plans
   3.4.3 Manages rehabilitation including monitoring and reporting processes
3.5 Monitoring ground stability
   3.5.1 Oversees the implementation of plans
   3.5.2 knowledge of how to reviews progress against plans and take measures accordingly
3.6 Drilling, blasting and rock cutting explosives
   3.6.1 Design, operation and maintenance of explosive production plants
   3.6.2 Designs drill and blast patterns (e.g. spacing, burden, charge, fragmentation)
   3.6.3 Controls fragmentation size by blasting
   3.6.4 Understands and applies knowledge and experience of production drilling operations and equipment
   3.6.5 Determines the most suitable drill and blast techniques to achieve desired outcomes
   3.6.6 Understands and uses drill and blast software
   3.6.7 Identifies hazards, assesses risk and implements suitable controls

Mining Equipment and Systems Area

5.1 General Mining equipment and systems
   5.1.1 Uses key factors to select suitable mining machines (e.g. operational characteristics, costs, productivity, and performance)
   5.1.2 Uses maintenance tactics to plan maintenance schedules
   5.1.3 Evaluates the performance of mining equipment and machines, including to inform scheduling. Monitors equipment delays
5.2 Electrical systems
5.3 Loading systems
   5.3.1 Understands the characteristics of loading equipment and operations
   5.3.2 Designs dragline excavations and spoil piles
5.4 Haulage systems
   5.4.1 Designs roads and haul roads with correct cambers, drainage, traffic consideration etc.
   5.4.2 Prepares haulage and trucking plans
   5.4.3 Designs, exports and analyses haulage models
   5.4.4 Designs and develops schedule plans for continuous haulage systems (e.g. conveyor systems)
   5.4.5 Designs efficient mine winder systems. Winch and shafts
5.5 Mining software
   5.5.1 Demonstrates proficiency in using at least one mining software package (e.g. VULCAN, DESWIK, XPAC)
   5.5.2 GIS knowledge
   5.5.3 Demonstrates proficiency in using 2D CAD software
   5.5.4 Demonstrates proficiency in using 3D CAD software

Mineral Production and Processing Area

7.1 Feed systems and planning
   7.1.1 Understands mineral processing route and feed grade/quality controls
7.2 Grade control
   7.2.1 Applies the quality blending and sampling logic of a site. Understands the implications of marginal stockpiles
7.3 Comminution and sizing
   7.3.1 Recognises the characteristics of different comminution and sizing equipment and their limitations
7.4 Concentrator processes
   7.4.1 Understands and applies knowledge of process steps, applications and limitations
7.5 Further treatment
   7.5.1 Understands and interprets details of sales contracts (e.g. custom smelter requirements)
   7.5.2 Application of thermal, mechanical, chemical processes to optimize material properties
   7.5.3 Materials quality control
7.6 Recycling and secondary mineral raw materials. Circular Economy
   7.6.1 knowledge of quality assessment and certification. EU and international standards and labels
   7.6.2 Capacity to design recycling plants
   7.6.3 knowledge on the supervision and or operating recycling plants
   7.6.4 Ability to perform investigation and development in the field of new materials and new processes
   7.6.5 General knowledge on the renewable sources of energy
   7.6.6 Knowledge on the regulatory barriers for secondary raw materials
   7.6.7 General knowledge of the principles of circular ecomy, climate change and the recycling market
   7.6.8 Practical knowledge on waste management

Geology Exploration Resources and Reserves Area

2.1 General Geology / Geography
   2.1.1 Understands the basic principles of geology, deposit formation, geological controls and structures
   2.1.2 Reviews and interprets geological maps
   2.1.3 Understand and apply fundamentals of stratigraphy, sedimentology, geomorphology and structural geology, relationship to subsurface geology
   2.1.4 Identify basic rock-forming minerals and rocks in the field, in hand sample and in thin section, including ecomic minerals
   2.1.5 Use standard GIS software (ArcGIS or similar) to display and interpret geographic and geologic data
   2.1.6 Recognize different tectonic environments
   2.1.7 Recognize different types of natural hazards and zonation
2.2 Applied Geology
   2.2.1 Collect, store and analyse data using adequate field and laboratory techniques. Demonstrate basic field and laboratory safety techniques
   2.2.2 Process, prepare and interpretation and presentation of data using quantitative and qualitative techniques, as well as the adequate software
   2.2.3 Elaboration and interpretation, topographic, geological and thematic and engineering maps
   2.2.4 Recognize different ore deposits models
2.3 Exploration and sampling
   2.3.1 Design, plans and manages sampling programmes (e.g. grade control, processing)
   2.3.2 Interprets and understand drilling and core logging
   2.3.3 Understand drillings methods for mining exploration
2.4 Mineral deposit modelling
   2.4.1 Creates block models and estimates resources. Interrogates resource models to generate inputs for mine planning
   2.4.2 Estimates yield/cut-off grade for resources
   2.4.4 Estimates reserves from a mining model (and interpretation)
   2.4.5 Demonstrates an understanding of grade reconciliation, ore dilution and ore loss
2.5 Mine feasibility studies
   2.5.1 Prepares the required inputs for an ecomic evaluation of a mine (e.g. personnel, equipment etc.)
   2.5.2 Provides input into feasibility studies
   2.5.3 Develops production schedules. Prepares cost estimates for feasibility studies
   2.5.4 Conducts sensitivity analyses recognising the geological, technical, financial, social and political uncertainties in mining operations

Mining Methods Area

4.1 General mining methods
   4.1.1 General knowledge of mining methods and operations
   4.1.2 Comprehends 3D mine plans
   4.1.3 Understands the importance of cycle time and its impact on mine productivity
   4.1.4 Understands how the planning, geology and mine operations teams work together
4.2 Surface mining methods
   4.2.1 Understands the design methods and standards used in pit, ramp and dump design
   4.2.2 Calculates basic pit/dump designs and overall pit wall angles for given design parameters
   4.2.3 Designs truck and shovel excavations
   4.2.4 Develops airborne dust management plans
   4.2.5 Optimises open pit design (e.g. Whittle)
4.3 Underground mining methods
   4.3.1 Selects a mine stoping and method system for a generic ore body
   4.3.2 Knows wood timbering techniques (small scale mining and temporary openings)
   4.3.3 Designs stope, roof and galleries support
   4.3.4 Conducts underground testing of support elements
4.4 Fill systems
   4.4.1 knowledge of how to designs mine backfilling systems, including delivery and quality requirements
4.5 Reclamation
   4.5.1 Demonstrates a detailed knowledge of the reclamation process. Designs tailings disposal facilities
   4.5.2 Management of residues and effluents: collect, store and reuse

Mining Services Area

6.1 General services and planning
   6.1.1 Measurements, site planning, management and follow-up of engineering projects
   6.1.2 Earth movement control
6.2 Dewatering and Mine drainage and storage systems
   6.2.1 Designs dewatering systems for open pit and underground mines: inflow risks and aquifer interferences
   6.2.2 Calculates water pumping capacity and pumping strategies
   6.2.3 Designs storm water management systems for open pit mines
   6.2.4 Designs dam spillways and discharge strategies
6.3 Water treatment
   6.3.1 Calculates the water balance for a site, including tailings dams
   6.3.2 Undertakes surveys and monitoring of water quality
   6.3.3 Designs water treatment systems to achieve discharge requirements
6.4 Ventilation
   6.4.1 Understands and applies the key principles to mitigate air pollution and toxic gas concentrations in underground mining
   6.4.2 Uses ventilation software to model ventilation systems
   6.4.3 Designs efficient ventilation systems for underground mine designs
6.5 Power supply systems
   6.5.1 Assists with the design of power reticulation systems
6.6 Communications systems
   6.6.1 Designs communication systems for Automous Mining systems
6.7 Surveying
   6.7.1 Undertakes basic mine surveys
   6.7.2 Interprets survey data, plans, maps and photos
   6.7.3 Manages surveying operations