Course in Strata Control: Theory
Course in Strata Control: Theory
29 Aug 2022
R 14663.00

Brief Description
Under the current Mine Health and Safety Act (1996) a competent person (Strata Control Officer) can assist a legally appointed rock engineer with his/her underground duties under the guidance of the rock engineer. The modules covered within this programme will assist candidates writing the examination. The programme will be a preparation programme covering the written components thereof as well as the final practical assessment. The modules cover the theory for all metalliferous mining. The programme will also include a session for preparation on the practical exam.This programme offers the candidate contact sessions with a specialist in the field, allowing focused time on the module content without work related obligations. Practical knowledge and experience are shared within the sessions, allowing peer-to-peer learning. Problem areas and typical complex topics will be discussed as knowledge transfer is promoted.
Learning Outcomes
The programme will be aimed at developing the candidates abilities in the six cognitive levels; knowledge, comprehension, application, analysis, synthesis and evaluation. Thus, when being examined on the topics detailed in this syllabus, candidates would be able to demonstrate their capacity for:Comprehending and understanding the general strata control principles covered in this syllabus and applying these to solve real world mining problems;Applying fundamental scientific knowledge, comprehension and understanding to predict the behaviour of rock materials in real world mining environments;Performing creative procedural design and synthesis of mine layouts and support systems to control and influence rock behaviour and rock failure processes;Using engineering methods and understanding of the uses of computer packages for the computation, modelling, simulation, and evaluation of mining layouts;Communicating, explaining and discussing the reasoning, methodology, results and ramifications of all the above aspects in a professional manner at all levels.
Course Content
This module is a general theoretical paper covering basic strata control theory applicable in all types of mining environments, surface as well as underground. The theoretical strata control knowledge required here is thus of a fundamental nature, and is not specific to any particular type of mining. Topics include:
a) Stress and strain
b) Constitutive behaviour
c) Rock properties
d) Stress in rock & rockmasses
e) Rockmass properties
f) Geotechnical characteristics
g) Rock & rockmass behaviour
h) Fundamental principles of mining layouts and mining layout design
i) Mining support and mining support design
j) Investigation and evaluation
k) Drilling and blasting
l) Legal compliance and general management
m) Investigation techniques
n) Rock breaking
o) Surface and environmental effects
p) Mining strategies in difficult circumstances
Entry Requirements
National Senior Certificate (Grade 12) (Maths and Science B symbol or higher)
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Catalogue and Category:
Engineering and Technology Management
Who Should attend:
This course will assist candidates attempting the Chamber of Mines examination in preparing them for the written examinations as well as the final practical assessment.
Delivery Mode:
Contact Sessions
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