Mining and Minerals Engineering

CSM3033 - Mining Software and Industrial Placement Report (2012)

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MODULE TITLEMining Software and Industrial Placement Report CREDIT VALUE10
MODULE CODECSM3033 MODULE CONVENERDr Gareth Kennedy (Coordinator)
DURATION: TERM 1 2 3
DURATION: WEEKS 2
Number of Students Taking Module (anticipated) 39
DESCRIPTION - summary of the module content

To enable students to integrate into the mining industry it is considered essential that students gain relevant work experience during their vacation period between years 2 and 3. This experience is often found overseas and may be at either a surface or underground operation.  The second part of the module introduces the students to mining software tools, using one of the leading packages. Experience in such tools is largely becoming an industrial standard and requirement for new mining engineering graduates, therefore also benefiting the students in their longer term careers.

AIMS - intentions of the module

The industrial placement work experience is used as a basis to produce a generalised technical report about the operation at which the student was employed. The report should be written in the 3rd person and furnished with a letter of employment engagement, attached to the inside rear cover. Satisfactory completion of this part of the module will also entitle students to be awarded the ACSM. The aim of the industrial experience and report is to gain and enhance their knowledge and experience of mining engineering.

 

The second part of the module provides an introduction to mining software using one of the most up to date mine design software packages available. The module builds on practical elements learnt throughout the programme, and prepared the student for the subsequent feasibility study module.

INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES (ILOs) (see assessment section below for how ILOs will be assessed)

On successful completion of this module you should be able to demonstrate:

Module Specific Skills and Knowledge:

1.An ability to prepare and present computer-generated graphical output utilising a mining software package.

Discipline Specific Skills and Knowledge:

2.An ability to use a wide range of data analysis and computing skills particularly relating to mine design and apply these skills in other appropriate subject areas.

Personal and Key Transferable/ Employment Skills and  Knowledge:

3.An ability to select appropriate data from a range of sources and develop research strategies.

4.An ability to identify key areas of problems and choose appropriate tools/methods for their resolution in a considered manner.

5.An ability to manage learning using resources for the discipline; an ability to develop working relationships of a professional nature within the discipline.

6.An ability to produce a technical report based on a mining operation.

SYLLABUS PLAN - summary of the structure and academic content of the module

 

  1. Industrial Placement
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  3. During the summer vacation prior to entering the final year, each student is required to obtain
  4. practical experience by undertaking a period of at least eight weeks duration working within the mining/minerals related industries; and is expected to spend time gaining experience and acquiring information concerning the operation. A satisfactory report, not exceeding 10,000 words, on the operation must be submitted as a course requirement by the end of the second week, autumn term. A signed letter from the employer, stating the dates the student has worked, should be included with the report and should be affixed inside the rear cover.
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  6. Mining Software
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  8. During term 2 the students will undertake mine design software training. At the end of the module each student will complete their own coursework based on the training and using the VULCAN software tools. The course syllabus will approximately be arranged as follows:
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  10. Part 1
  11. VULCAN Basics: This part of the course will introduce the overall VULCAN software tools, covering data types and file management. The computer aided design (CAD) tools in Envisage will be covered in detail, along with the drillhole databases, basic triangulation modelling, and basic plotting.
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  13. Part 2
  14. Open Pit Design: The Open Pit Design element of the course will show the student how to create and modify open pits, leach pads, dumps, and stockpiles within the VULCAN system. Creation of ramps and roads and triangulation manipulation will be covered. Rapid Phase and Advanced Phase design and reserving are incorporated into the course.
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  16. Part 3

Underground Design: The objectives of the Underground Design course are to introduce methods for creating drifts, cross-cuts, ramps, and stopes. The course follows a scenario where the engineer is given geological data and objectives and must create a concept for an underground mine. The course will heavily involve VULCAN’s design and modelling tools and will cover all the underground design tools in detail. The design and modelling of ramps, cross cuts, raises and shafts will be covered along with the labelling and dimensioning of development ready for level plans to be plotted. Volumes and reserves of the underground features will be run for reports.

LEARNING AND TEACHING
LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS (given in hours of study time)
Scheduled Learning & Teaching Activities 27.00 Guided Independent Study 73.00 Placement / Study Abroad
DETAILS OF LEARNING ACTIVITIES AND TEACHING METHODS
Category Hours of study time Description
Scheduled learning & teaching activities 27 Lectures
Guided independent study 73 Private study
     

 

ASSESSMENT
FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT - for feedback and development purposes; does not count towards module grade
SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT (% of credit)
Coursework 100 Written Exams 0 Practical Exams
DETAILS OF SUMMATIVE ASSESSMENT
Form of Assessment % of Credit Size of Assessment (e.g. duration/length) ILOs Assessed Feedback Method
VULCAN assignment Mine Planning and open pit design exercise 50 2000 words 1-6 Written
Industrial Placement Report 50 10,000 5-6 Written
         
         
         

 

DETAILS OF RE-ASSESSMENT (where required by referral or deferral)
Original Form of Assessment Form of Re-assessment ILOs Re-assessed Time Scale for Re-reassessment
Summative assessment Additional assessment As above August Ref/Def period
       
       

 

RE-ASSESSMENT NOTES

As above 1 piece of CW 100%

RESOURCES
INDICATIVE LEARNING RESOURCES - The following list is offered as an indication of the type & level of
information that you are expected to consult. Further guidance will be provided by the Module Convener

Basic reading:

 

All relevant software manuals e.g. Maptek VULCAN, tutorials and help, and briefing notes.

 

Vacation report handout.                                                                 

 

ELE – College to provide hyperlink to appropriate pages

Reading list for this module:

There are currently no reading list entries found for this module.

CREDIT VALUE 10 ECTS VALUE 5
PRE-REQUISITE MODULES None
CO-REQUISITE MODULES None
NQF LEVEL (FHEQ) 3 (NQF Level 6) AVAILABLE AS DISTANCE LEARNING No
ORIGIN DATE Monday 12 March 2012 LAST REVISION DATE Wednesday 17 October 2012
KEY WORDS SEARCH Industrial Placement; Mining Software;