Underground Mine Backfill 1 - Introduction

11 modules


Course Length
15 hours

Edumine Courses

15 Oct 2019



Underground Mine Backfill 1 - Introduction is the first in a set of two Underground Mine Backfill courses. This course is intended as an introduction to mine backfill properties, types, uses, mining methods and system layout. Underground Mine Backfill 2 - Slurry, Paste and Rock Fills reviews each backfill type and its preparation, distribution, stope preparation and placement practices as well as relevant safety and quality control issues. A review quiz can be found at the end of each section to evaluate your understanding of the material presented.

The objective of the courses is to provide an overview of common underground mine backfill practices and technologies for mine technical personnel. The goals are to:

  • Provide a standard from which operators can understand the basic principles and practices for using underground mine backfill.
  • Provide an understanding of how critical the role of backfill and backfill personnel are for mining.
  • Provide a common foundation for backfill training.
  • Provide a uniform backfill terminology.
  • Provide an understanding of the various stages of backfill systems.
  • Provide an understanding of potential hazards to personnel and equipment safety in order to prevent backfill-related accidents.

As many companies have site- and company-specific standards for their unique situations, training for specific operational duties is beyond the scope of this course and is left to mine site-training procedures. This course is not intended to replace existing mine training practices, but to complement them as a common reference.


  • James Archibald
  • David O. DeGagne
  • Ferri Hassani
  • Jacques Nantel


Duration: 15 Hours
Access: 90 Days
Category: Mining
Level: Specialize
Version Date: June 17, 2003

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Course Content

Underground Mine Backfill 1 consists of 15 viewing sessions of 30 - 60 minutes each with supporting figures, tables and examples, plus interactive course reviews. Course duration is equivalent to approximately 15 hours of viewing content.

Learning Outcomes

  • Discuss the basic principles and practices for using underground mine backfill.
  • Discuss the critical roles of backfill and backfill personnel in underground mining.
  • Discuss the various stages of backfill systems.
  • Discuss the potential hazards to personnel, equipment safety, and prevention of backfill-related accidents.
  • Apply the knowledge gained to their unique mine-site requirements and training procedures.

Recommended Background

  • Experience of underground mining operations and mine backfill operations (recommended).
  • A degree or diploma in mining engineering or equivalent.


By completing/passing this course, you will attain the certificate Edumine Certification

Learning Credits

Table of Contents
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Module 1: Introduction to Mine Backfill
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Knowledge Check Module 1: Introduction to Mine Backfill
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Module 2: Backfill Design
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Module 3: Backfill Quality Control
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Module 4: Backfill Mechanics
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Knowledge Check Module 4: Backfill Mechanics
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Module 5: Backfill Binders
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Knowledge Check Module 5: Backfill Binders
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Added 10 months ago, by Anonymous
Very good. Some of the material needs to be updated, as there are significant changes to the industry, particularly in the USA.
Added about 2 years ago, by Peter
I thought the course was very good. It was an excellent introduction to backfill. I learned a lot.
Added about 2 years ago, by Miguel Angel
Added over 2 years ago, by Anonymous
I was expecting so much more from this course, because it was quite expensive. I would suggest to add recorded lectures, videos and to create more advanced interface.
Added over 2 years ago, by Anonymous
Overall, an not a bad introduction to mine backfill but needs updated. The course was made in the early 2000's and there has been many advances in the industry since then but if you are looking for the basics then this course will provide a basic understanding. I also had issues with the course referencing a table but the table not being there.
Added about 3 years ago, by Annie
Good reminder. Must be updated. A lot of research were done in the last 20 years and the use of paste backfill in the mining industry has greatly expanded.
Added over 3 years ago, by Anonymous
many diagrams and formulas not readable. Overall, an ok course but high in cost for what you get.
Added almost 4 years ago, by Anonymous
The course content is very informative but I had a lot of admin issues.
Added about 4 years ago, by Anonymous
Good course and solid materials. Price for amount of learning material might be a bit high

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