GEOL 203 - Underground and Surface Mining Methods
This course provides an introduction to underground and surface mining methods and covers a broad range of topics including, but not limited to, the following: mining method selection, design, and operation; method-specific equipment and infrastructure; and pit/stope progressive reclamation strategies. Factors governing the decision to pursue surface versus underground mining are examined, including geologic variables such as overburden characteristics, ore and host rock strength, ore body geometry, and stripping ratios. Students are introduced to different types of surface mines including open pits, placer operations and quarries, as well as common underground mine excavation designs. Ground control, dewatering techniques, and mine ventilation fundamentals are presented. Students are introduced to blasting theory and design used in surface and underground mining operations. Case studies from operating and historic Yukon mines are used to lend a northern perspective.
PREREQUISITES: Successful completion of GEOL 112 (Mining Industry Overview), OR permission from the instructor.