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Unit Overview


In this unit, students develop technical competence and skills relevant to the geomechanics design and ventilation planning of underground mining operations. They understand the key considerations associated with the development of an underground mine and its ventilation requirements. They gain experience in identifying the major problems associated with mine design, ventilation planning and in the use of systematic methods to resolve these issues.

There are two modules in this unit.

Module 1 (Ventilation): It covers the fundamentals of mine ventilation, including principles of airflow, gas, dust and pollutants transport, ventilation network theory and mine ventilation system design, with the emphasis on analysis, systems design and practical application.

Module 2 (Mine Geotechnical Design): It covers the fundamentals of the geomechanics design and operation of underground mines. Particular emphasis is given on geotechnical data collection and analysis for underground mine design, ground control, mine fill geomechanics and monitoring. Geotechnical design software is used during tutorials and assignments.

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 4 core unit in the Mining Engineering major sequence

Students are able to (1) demonstrate critical thinking and information literacy (locate and evaluate sources of information); (2) explain the fundamental ventilation principles for underground mine and production; (3) design ventilation system for a particular underground mine; (4) demonstrate the major geotechnical applications and their significance within the mainstream underground mining systems; and (5) conduct geotechnical design for a particular underground mine..


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) ventilation assignment; (2) mine design assignment; and (3) a final examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Professor Mehmet Cigla
Unit rules
MINE3401 Underground Mining 1 (ID 8078)
and Enrolment in
Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) or an associated Combined Degree
MINE5502 Underground Mining 2 (ID 2615)
Contact hours
Lectures: 3 hours per week
Practicals: 3 hours per week
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