MiningPhD

27641
Tallinn – Estonia
English, Estonian
PhD 





🌐 Tallinn University of Technology

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
   3.1.3 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
   3.1.7 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
3.4 Mine rehabilitation and closure
3.5 Monitoring ground stability
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)
   3.6.4 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)
5.2 Electrical systems
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
5.5 Mining software
   5.5.1 Demonstrates proficiency in using at least one mining software package (e.g. VULCAN, DESWIK, XPAC)
   5.5.3 Demonstrates proficiency in using 2D CAD software

Social Performance Area

9.6 Community engagement
   9.6.1 Understand and practice dialogue skills in engaging with communities
9.9 Regional development
   9.9.1 knowledge of ecomic development framework to apply in a local a context

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
   2.3.1 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
   2.4.3 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.)
   2.5.2 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
   4.1.4 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
4.3 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
4.5 Reclamation
   4.5.1 Demonstrates a detailed knowledge of the reclamation process. Designs tailings disposal facilities

Mining Services Area

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