Objective

Provide students with the tools to evaluate the economics of surface extraction of mineral resources, and a working knowledge of the procedures involved in designing fragmentation systems (blasting), and cyclic bulk material haulage systems (such as trucks and loaders), within the limits of environmental and regulatory constraints. The course material will be useful to engineers responsible for planning and operating quarries, coal operations, and metals mines, however, some large scale civil projects involving dams and roadcuts may also be benefited. Individuals outside of the Mining and Mineral Resources Engineering discipline may take the course and should see the instructor if prerequisites become a barrier to registration. (Pre-requisites listed for this course are intended primarily to keep Mining Engineering majors on a ABET approved sequence rather than to supply needed prior background knowledge). The course material assumes the student has a basic knowledge of Geology, Physics, Algebra, and Trigonometry.

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