GeotechlogyMaster

27576
Trondheim – Norway
English, Norwegian
Master 





🌐 Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)

COVERED DISCIPLINES / SKILLS IN THIS PROGRAM

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
3.5 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)
   5.1.3 Evaluates the performance of mining equipment and machines, including to inform scheduling. Monitors equipment delays
5.3 Loading systems
   5.3.1 Understands the characteristics of loading equipment and operations
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
   5.5.4 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
   7.5.3 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
   7.6.7 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
   2.1.8 Analytical chemistry with regards to various geological sampling techniques and how to apply these concepts to real world problem aired by others
   2.1.9 Geographic resource interpretation skills
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
   2.3.2 Interprets and understand drilling and core logging
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
   2.4.3 Demonstrates a knowledge of the JORC Code and other standards for resource classification requirements for reporting 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.)
   2.5.3 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
   4.3.3 Designs stope, roof and galleries support
   4.3.4 Conducts underground testing of support elements

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
   6.2.4 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
6.7 Surveying
   6.7.1 Undertakes basic mine surveys
   6.7.2 Interprets survey data, plans, maps and photos
   6.7.3 Manages surveying operations