Mining Science & Engineering
As the complexity, depth and scale of mining operations increases, the mining processes and associated equipment needs to evolve to meet the needs of remote and autonomous operations. This results in new challenges emerging for the mining sciences, METS and engineering functions.
Key mining science focus areas include rock mechanics, geotechnical assessment, hydrogeology, mine ventilation, gas emissions, ground control, slope stability, block caving, rock drilling and cutting. Key technological areas include latest technologies and innovative solutions for surface and underground mines of all minerals, from coals to metals, from construction materials to rare earth elements. Key mine design and planning areas are mine design methodology, short, medium and long-term mine planning, sequencing and scheduling, equipment selection, and infrastructure (rail, plant, and port), as well as mine approval processes, mining economics, capital allocation, and commodity end uses.
Other key focus areas are commodity market analyses, resources and environment policy, mining legislation and regulations, reserve and resource estimation, mine feasibility studies, capital-raising and investment, and mine planning. Sound resource and environmental policy is needed to support and enhance the business environment and prospectivity for mining.