Underground MiningPhD

27656
Freiberg – Germany
English, German
PhD 





🌐 Faculty of Geosciences, Geoengineering and Mining, TU Bergakademie Freiberg

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
   3.1.4 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
3.2 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
3.5 Monitoring ground stability
   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)
   3.6.4 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
   3.6.7 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
5.3 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)
5.5 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
   5.5.4 Demonstrates proficiency in using 3D CAD software

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
6.2 Dewatering and Mine drainage and storage systems
   6.2.1 Designs dewatering systems for open pit and underground mines: inflow risks and aquifer interferences
6.3 Water treatment
   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
   6.4.3 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

Generic, Health and Social Task Area

8.1 Environment
   8.1.1 knowledge and management of environmental impact assessment studies
8.2 Workplace health and safety
   8.2.1 Develops and disseminates safe practice guidelines
8.3 Communication
   8.3.1 Communication in native language
   8.3.2 Community relations
   8.3.3 knowledge of a foreign relevant-word wide spread language (English, Spanish, French, German, Chinese, etc.)
   8.3.4 Using internet in a critical manner as communication tool and source of information
   8.3.5 Know and describes Social Geology and Geopolitics
   8.3.6 Listens and communicates effectively. Chairs meetings. Prepares documents and reports
   8.3.7 Promotes company, industry and profession
   8.3.8 Ability to communicate Earth Science issues with the wider society
8.4 Creative thinking, problem solving and research
   8.4.1 Identifies, scopes and solves problems
   8.4.2 Uses conceptual, critical, strategic and systems thinking skills
   8.4.3 Researches new products, techlogies and processes
8.5 Sustainability
   8.5.1 Engages with stakeholders. Recognises corporate social responsibility
   8.5.2 Know and apply principles of sustainable development
8.6 Self-management
   8.6.1 Accepts responsibility
   8.6.2 Develops and maintains networks
   8.6.3 Initiative and entrepreneurship spirit
8.7 Working with people
   8.7.1 Works effectively in interdisciplinary and international teams
   8.7.2 Recognises diversity and multiculturalism (knowledge of other cultures and customs
   8.7.3 Identify objectives and individual and collective responsibilities and act correctly in such roles
   8.7.4 Ethics. Transmit credibility and integrity
   8.7.5 Coaching and leading teams