Coal Mining Geomechanics

This course is designed to provide a basic understanding of the mechanics of soils and rocks as they relate to the management of coal mining operations. It is aimed at technical and operations staff who are responsible for the safe conduct of coal mining operations. It will facilitate improved understanding and interpretation of common geotechnical phenomena encountered in mining, underpin more informed decisions and promote more effective dialogue between geotechnical professionals and technical staff.

Who should complete this course?

The course is aimed at technical and operations staff who are responsible for the safe conduct of coal mining operations.

What will you learn?

Fundamental behaviours of soils and rocks; basic mechanics of geomaterials; important properties of soils, rocks, joints and rock masses; the role of water in geomechanical behaviour; stability of waste dumps and highwalls; rockfall behaviour and assessment.

Are there any entry requirements?

There are no entry requirements for this short course.

Will there be any assessments?

A report on a current site geotechnical hazard and risk management controls, to be submitted after the course concludes, and completed to a satisfactory standard (ungraded).

Can credit be obtained?


What are the contact hours?

The contact hours are 8:00am - 6:00pm.

Do I receive anything after the completion of this course?

Yes, certificates of completion will be provided, upon satisfactory completion of the assessment item.

Course Location

The course will be conducted in the Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources (NIER), University of Newcastle, Callaghan Campus

Will there be any meals provided?

Lunch will be provided. A dinner will also be arranged for Wednesday night of the course. Please advise of any dietary requirements.

About the Course Convenor

The course will be presented by Dr John Simmons of Sherwood Geotechnical and Research Services, and Professor Stephen Fityus, Associate Professor Anna Giacomini and Associate Professor Olivier Buzzi from the University's Priority Research Centre for Geotechnical Science and Engineering.

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