Science and engineering

Course Dates Mode/Location Description
Advanced Coal and Mineral Processing Intake: 24 - 29 November 2013Face to face through Gradschool at the Mercure hotel, Rutherford, NSW This course provides an appreciation of the place of coal and minerals processing in the Australian economy;
- a fundamental knowledge of geology and mining leading to the understanding of the concepts of ores and their processing needs.
- Knowledge of how crushing and grinding of coal and ores liberates the valuable component.
- An understanding of the scientific principles of size and density distribution of minerals and its application to size and density separation process.
- Understanding of the economic importance of the concentration of valuable minerals and how this is achieved.
- An appreciation of the safety and environmental requirements of the mining industry.
- An understanding of the design of coal/mineral processing plants.
Australian Coal Basins Ongoing Face to face through Gradschool at University of Newcastle, Callaghan campus The NSW Institute for Frontier Geoscience professional development course in Australian Coal Basins is designed to outline the location and significant features of the Australian Coal Basins, to provide a geological background and context for understanding Australian coal deposits. The course will be run by experts in their field chosen by the Coalfields Geology Council of NSW, and will include academics, consultants, Government and Industry geologists.

Coal Quality and Utilisation

Ongoing Face to face through Gradschool at University of Newcastle, Callaghan campus The NSW Institute for Frontier Geoscience professional development course in Coal Quality and Utilisation is designed to introduce principles of coal formation, sampling, analysis and utilisation as a basis for coal mine quality management and marketing. The course will be run by experts in their field chosen by the Coalfields Geology Council of NSW, and will include academics, consultants, Government and Industry geologists.
Coal Seam Gas

Will run in a future cohort 

TBA

This course will provide an understanding of the origins of coal seam gas, its composition, occurrence and measurement, and introduce issues in coal seam gas water management.

a) Coal Seam Gas Origin and Composition
b) Nature of Coal Seam Gas Reservoirs
c) Methods of Determining Seam Gas Content (field and laboratory testing)
d) Laboratory-based Measurement of Gas Desorption and Composition
e) Interpretation of Results
f) Fugitive Gas Emissions and Legislation
g) Issues in Coal Seam Gas Water Management

Fundamentals of Coal Exploration

Intake during 2014

Face to face through Gradschool at University of Newcastle, Callaghan campus

This course aims to outline the available methods in exploration and exploration program design, and demonstrate the applicability of each method.

a) Geological Mapping (surface and underground)
b) Airborne Geophysics
c) Landbase Geophysics
d) Wireline Geophysics
e) Drilling (vertical, surface to inseam, inseam longholes)
f) NSW Mining Authority Titles and Exploration
g) Other Legislation (OH&S, Environmental)
h) Geological Information Management
i) Exploration Management
j) Survey Methods and Accuracy

Geotechnical Aspects of Coal Mining and Hazard Awareness

Ongoing Face to face through Gradschool at University of Newcastle, Callaghan campus This course provides participants who have a background in coal mining with a basic knowledge of coal mining Geomechanics. It is intended to provide operational staff in the coal mining industry with a basic working familiarity with the mechanics of geomaterials in the context of mine planning and operation. Successful completion of this course will give participants a deeper understanding of the geotechnical issues that affect coal production and facilitate a higher level of communication and effective decision-making between geologists, consultant engineers, and mine management staff.

Legislation and Exploration

Will run in a future cohort 

TBA

This course aims to introduce and demystify the legislation relating to exploration and mining.

a) NSW Mining Authority Titles and Exploration
b) Coal Mine Health and Safety Act and Regulations
c) Environmental Law
d) Mining Act, Coal Mining Act and Petroleum Act and Regulations
e) Ecology and Heritage
f) Access Agreements

Lithological, Geotechnical and Geophysical Logging Late 2013 TBA

This course provides necessary skills in recording and interpreting lithological, geotechnical and geophysical data to allow construction of accurate mine and resource models.

a) Lithological Geotechnical and Geophysical Logging
b) Mechanical Testing
c) Wireline Logging (Use and Accuracy)
d) Reconciliation of the Lithological and Geophysical Logs
e) Geological Information Management

Principles of Geological Information Management, Geological Modelling and Coal Resource Estimation

Intake: 2 -6 December 2013  

Face to face through Gradschool at University of Newcastle, Callaghan campus

This course provides a framework and appropriate skill set to interpret and manage data recovered from exploration, using this data to develop geological models and coal resource estimates for public reporting and statutory purposes.

a) Data Vetting and Validation
b) Database Establishment
c) Geological Modelling
d) Resource Estimation
e) Public and Statutory Reporting of Coal Resources

Principles of Groundwater Monitoring in Relation to Coal Mining Ongoing Face to face through Gradschool at University of Newcastle, Callaghan campus This five-day professional course is designed to complement and update the training of mine and exploration coal geologists in matters related to the geohydrology of coal mining. The course will begin with the simplest concepts of the water cycle and surface-subsurface coupling; then proceed through the principles of groundwater disposition and flow to assessing their interaction with coal mining, and the potential impacts on mining. The course will present the fundamental hydrogeochemical concepts necessary for adequate baseline, mine-related monitoring; an introduction to the use of groundwater models for groundwater resource assessment, impacts, planning and dewatering; and an applicable overview of groundwater well design, and aquifer testing processes. Final sessions will highlight the evaluation of measurement data; while the fit of all these matters in a legislative context will be shown and the relevance of monitoring and considerations of optimal network design will be shown.