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CMMS short courses

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Mechanisation is a feature of almost all South African mining operations, although the degree of mechanisation may differ from mine to mine. Whether considering established mechanised softrock operations, or hard-rock operations where new technology is being introduced, the understanding and effective management of mechanised mining systems is essential to realising the improved safety and productivity that modern equipment promises.

The Centre for Mechanised Mining Systems offers a broad range of courses presenting the latest thinking in terms of developing and managing technology interventions. Topics covered include the fundamentals of mechanised mine design, the planning and management of mechanised operations, organisational issues and advanced mining technologies.

Courses are presented in partnership with the Wits School of Mining Engineering, and the School of Mechanical, Industrial and Aeronautical Engineering. Core lectures are delivered by subjectmatter experts from Wits, industry, or international institutions. These are supplemented with case studies and guest lectures from experienced professionals.

The Centre’s courses are characterised by vigorous discussion, engagement and hands-on synthesis. The Centre’s five-day courses may be taken stand-alone or, along with a dissertation, form part of an MSc in Engineering. The Centre offers MSc programmes of study specialising in Mechanised Mining Systems, Mine Ventilation, and Bulk Materials Handling. Should you wish to pursue MSc or PhD research and study opportunities for personal professional development, contact the Centre to discuss the requirements and options available to you. The Centre also offers stand-alone three-day courses which deliver focused knowledge on specialised topics. All courses carry ECSA accreditation and CPD points.

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Our short courses are administered by Wits Enterprise

Information about course fees can be found on the Wits Enterprise site. Click on the course link below for more information and for booking details.

Operations management for mining systems 

27 Feb - 03 Mar 2017

Led by Mrs T Hattingh of the School of Mechanical; Industrial and Aeronautical Engineering, this postgraduate course considers operations management, simulation, analysis, improvement and change management in mining; all essential for maintaining operational competitiveness.

Pipeline conveying of bulk materials

Not offered in 2017

This course covers the theory of the conveying of solid particulate materials including powders, granules and minerals in pipelines, by using either liquids (slurry conveying) or gases (pneumatic conveying) as conveying media. Industrial applications are described, including backfill systems in mines. After completion of the course, attendees should be able to identify appropriate applications for the slurry conveying of particles of various materials, together with the attendant advantages and disadvantages and outline conceptual designs for slurry and pneumatic conveying systems, including the main items of equipment.

Trackless mechanised mining: Real applications

19 Jun - 23 Jun 2017

Mechanisation in mining is common in many countries around the world. In South Africa the degree of mechanisation for hard rock applications is perhaps less, but has been increasing. This is specifically true in massive mining operations, such as the block caves in diamond mining and copper at Phalaborwa, as well as the mining at the Target and South Deep Mines, where mechanised mining has taken place for many years in the wide reefs.

Maintenance management in mining - from strategic management to field practice

1 - 3 November 2017

This three day course provides delegates with the knowledge of strategic management of mining equipment maintenance – planned, unplanned and condition-based options, real time monitoring of machine and component health, data interpretation and actions required; machine application and the resulting wear and tear of various components including tracks, tyres, ground engaging tool-cutting edges and drill-bits; optimising part and component life; global and national data links for supporting maintenance and repairs, among others. Presented by Professor Z Borowitsh of the Israel Institute of Technology, Mr Edgar Bradley and other industry specialists.

Earth moving equipment, technology and management - for mining and large-scale infrastructure projects

31 July - 4 August 2017

Presented by Professor Z Borowitsh of the Israel Institute of Technology this course covers topics from fundamental rock and soil properties, through to ripping and blasting, excavator shovels and grading equipment, production measurement, machine design and haulage roadway construction. Maintenance, cost analysis and optimisation are also considered.

Bulk solids storage and handling

17 Jul - 21 Jul 2017

This course demonstrates the importance of the measurement of the basic flow-related properties of bulk solids and particulates and the application of this information to the design of bins, chutes and feeding and handling equipment. 

Chute design and modelling

24 Jul - 26 Jul 2017

Chutes are crucial components in most bulk material handling systems but their importance is often underestimated. The correct design of chutes is essential in order to avoid costly process interruptions due to blockages or mechanical failure.

Rock cutting technology - principles of rock cutting and its application

21 Aug - 25 Aug 2017

This postgraduate course is designed to address rock and geological constraints in rock cutting; cutting performance models; raise and tunnel boring in hard ground; roadheaders in moderately hard ground; equipment design considerations and human factors, amongst others. Presenters on this course include the CMMS’s Rod Pickering, Professor Jim Porter and other industry experts.

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