M.E. in Mining Engineering:Advanced mineral economics

Bengal Engineering And Science University, Shibpur
In Howrah

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Typology Master
Location Howrah
Duration 2 Years
  • Master
  • Howrah
  • Duration:
    2 Years

Where and when
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Bengal Engineering And Science University, Shibpur, P.O. - Botanic Garden Howrah,West Bengal, 711103, West Bengal, India
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Bengal Engineering And Science University, Shibpur, P.O. - Botanic Garden Howrah,West Bengal, 711103, West Bengal, India
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Course programme


Advanced mining methods:

Recent developments in coal mining methods – Face mechanization, Conveying and Support systems, Cost parameters of different mine unit operations.
Surface mining methods – Concept of intelligent mine, Automated tracking of mobile equipments in an open pit
Current developments in underground metal mining methods, Techno economic analysis of different stoping methods
Introduction to novel mining methods, insitu leaching, solution mining and under ground coal gasification.
Geo-mechanics and ground control

Concept and methodology of planning

– Perspective and corporate planning, long term and short term planning and economic considerations in mine planning
Design of open pit mining system - Cut-off grade analysis, bench slope, haul road, drilling and blasting and equipment selection
Selection and design of most suitable underground coal and metal mining methods based upon the physical and the geological properties of mineral/coal deposits, conservation considerations, and associated environmental impacts and economic considerations. Computer aided design of underground mine systems
Selected case studies on application of design principles

Management Information system:

Introduction to information system
Management & decision making - Levels of management, Decision making & Environment, Decision making process, Evaluating decision making.
System & models - Modeling systems, Mathematical modeling, Graphical modeling.
Transaction processing system, Decision support system, Expert system, Requirement analysis, System design.

Advanced mathematics and statistics for engineers:

Function of a complex variable
Series solution of second order
Integral Transforms
Calculus of Probabilities
Procedures of Statistical Interference

Geomatics and remote sensing:

Concepts of Remote Sensing – Photogrammetry, Sensors & Platforms, Preliminary processing of Remote Sensing Data, Supervised classification of Remote Sensing Data, Some application of remote sensing data.
Introduction to GIS - Errors & error handling in digitization, Projection Systems, Data Structure, Analysis in GIS, Case studies on application of GIS in mining.
Occupational health and Safety engineering
Concepts of risks, hazards, and danger
Job safety analysis
Work place design from safety and ergonomics point of view
Energy expenditure - Fatigue ness and Work posture in mines
Safety audit
System Engineering Approach to Safety, Safety Management and Organization, Risk analysis, risk management, Training
Accident causation model
Case studies and preparation of accident reports

Tunnel Engineering:

Rock mass classification, RMR and Q-system, stability analysis of tunnels, elastic and plastic deformation, stress conditions, Factors influencing location of tunnel and design, support requirement of a tunnel under various types of rocks, tunnel boring machine, selection criteria, tunneling under massive structures, Methods of Construction, Problems associated with tunnels, Analysis and design of deep shafts with and without lining, pressure tunnels and tunnels for other purposes, designing of linings for various types of tunnels under different conditions, design of multiple openings, blasting, drilling and quarrying, subsidence and caving, rock bolting, percolation and dewatering, grouting and strengthening of rocks, construction of tunnels and other special structures, ventilations and lighting in tunnels, analysis and design will be oriented towards the use of modern mathematical techniques like finite difference methods.

Operation Research:

Fundamental operation research techniques in the optimization areas of linear programming, network models, integer programming, and nonlinear programming. Queuing theory and simulation. Inventory models and transportation problems. Application of operation research in mining problems

Reliability engineering
Introduction to reliability concept - Basic probability theory, Application of reliability in mining systems
Probability distributions in reliability evaluations Reliability functions, Poisson distribution, Weibull distribution, Series systems, Parallel systems, Partially redundant systems, Reliability allocation, Markov modeling.
Application of F.T.A. and FMECA in mining systems.
Maintenance and maintainability – Definitions, Concepts and Application, Maintainability Prediction.

Natural resource economics:

Review of economic concepts and theories, Framework for the analysis of natural resources, Economic rent, Renewable resources, Environmental resources, Non-renewable resources, Minerals and economic development, Mineral policy and mineral taxation, Sustainable development criteria for different mining industries.

Resource evaluation and geo-statistics:

Review of statistical concepts
Introduction to resource modeling - Development of 3 D mineral inventory model, Regionalized variables, Variogram modeling, Regularization, Auxiliary functions, Linear Kriging, Variance volume relationship.
Geostatistics for quality control.
Basics of non-parametric geostatistics and indicator Kriging
Computer applications in geostatistics.

Advanced mineral economics:

Domestic and international mineral statistics
Mineral property valuation, DCF Analysis
Mineral market structure, Risk analysis of mineral market, Futures pricing, Mineral demand and material substitution, Mineral supply
Mine investment analysis, Factors affecting international mineral investment, Cartel price, Risk and oppourtunity of investment in mineral sector
Financial and economic analysis of mining projects
Mineral policies, Taxation of the mineral industry. Economic rent in mining
Natural resource economics – Optimum extraction models for renewable and non-renewable resources.

Mine automation and robotics:

Introduction to automation and robotics - Definition and basics terminology in automation and robotics, potential and problems in mine automation, state of the art in automation in various mining production systems.
Types of robots - Degree of freedom in robotics
Sensors and actuator elements related to controlling of process, ground movement, and environmental parameters, robotization and remote manipulation in subsurface openings.
Navigation methods and infrastructures.
Mine and industrial power systems

Power distribution system in mining
Different types of electric equipments and drives
Selection criteria of different types of motors and pumps for mines and other allied industries
Air conditioning plants
Lighting for different mine equipments
Protection measures used for different electric appliances in mines and allied industries

Deep sea mining:

Study of marine deposits
Exploration and sampling of marine deposits
Exploitation techniques for mining of mineral deposits from sea floor
Selection of equipments
Case studies

This course offers elective in Advanced mineral economics

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