Underground Mining Practice


Course Length
40 hours

Edumine Courses

15 Oct 2019



A comprehensive treatment of all aspects of underground mining, from exploration, feasibility, design and development, to production, ventilation, backfill and drainage. This course provides a detailed, practical reference for engineers, mine operators, technicians and students.

Underground Mining Practice is based on the author's 50 years of experience as a mining engineer in operations, consulting, teaching and research, specializing in mining and geotechnical engineering, mine planning, audits and training, and development, review and monitoring of mining R&D programs.

Underground mining topics covered by the course include:

  • the role of mine planning;
  • information and reporting systems;
  • orebody exploration;
  • mine development and preparation;
  • ground control and backfill;
  • explosives and fragmentation;
  • production, rock breaking and delivery;
  • primary and auxiliary ventilation;
  • usage, reticulation and storage of fill;
  • pumping and drainage;
  • geotechnical investigation;
  • mine layout design.


  • Ken Mathews, M.E. Mining


Duration: 40 Hours
Access: 90 Days
Category: Mining
Level: Specialize
Version Date: January 29, 2011


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Course Content

This course consists of 41 viewing sessions of 30-60 minutes each presented at both summary and detailed text levels, plus supporting figures, images, reference tables, and interactive course reviews. Course duration is equivalent to approximately 40 hours of viewing content.

Learning Outcomes

  • Discuss the roles of exploration, feasibility studies, mine planning, information systems, development, ground control, explosives, fragmentation, production and delivery systems, ventilation, backfill, drainage, geotechnical investigation, and mine layout design in the development and operation of an underground mine.
  • Apply the knowledge gained to the feasibility, planning and production stages of a mining operation.

Recommended Background

  • A partial degree or diploma in mining engineering or a related discipline.
  • Experience of underground mining operations.


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

Learning Credits

Added 26 days ago, by Hy-Tech
Added about 1 year ago, by Gwenael
issue with one evaluation, old references, a lot of repetition, lack of video and clear illustrations. Can be better.
Added over 1 year ago, by Anonymous
I found the course generally outdated (citing mines dating back to the 1960s, and referencing papers dating from the 1970-1980s), lacking technical depth in certain topics and a total lack of coverage of some essential subjects such as ground support, which is an essential part of underground mining. Mining engineering has greatly advanced since the times the materials for this course were written, introducing new technologies that this course does not address.
Added over 1 year ago, by Annette
This is a good high level description of underground mining. It is a bit dated and could use some more recent updates of mining methods and technologies.

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