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


To study and practice:

  • Advanced manual and computerised techniques for the selection of the most efficient and economical spread of equipment and general layout.
  • Equipment economics and earthwork cost evaluation analysis.
  • Planning and managing earth moving projects. 

Course Structure

The course is offered over five consecutive days and can be taken either as part of a formal Wits qualification or as a short course. Participants have a choice of attending the full five-day course, completing a successful assignment and writing an examination to enable them achieve a full Wits Certificate of Competence; or just to attend the five-day course and receive a Wits Certificate of Attendance.

Course Content

  • Soil and rock properties
  • Principles of earth moving machine design
  • Machine-job applicability and performance
  • Rock drilling and blasting principles
  • Rock ripping and dozing
  • Earth loading methods
  • Earth hauling and conveying equipment
  • Computerised truck dispatch and GPS earth moving applications
  • Optimising system and job layout selection by advanced manual and computerized techniques
  • Safety on site

Delegates will also study and personally practice the most updated computer programmes such as Talpac by Runge, FPC, etc. at the university computer centre or on students’ own laptops for:

  • Machine and earth moving simulation
  • Optimising system selection
  • Machine and earth moving cost analysis
  • Truck dispatching and GPS in earth moving applications

Course Lecturers

The lecturer is Prof. Zvi Borowitsh of the Israel Institute of Technology and the Wits School of Mining Engineering, who has extensive academic experience as well as in managing and consulting for large-scale earth moving projects. He specialises in mine excavation, loading and haulage optimisation.


This is a formal course (MINN 7080) in the postgraduate programme of the School of Mining Engineering. The University regards this course as NQF level 9 and has been accredited by ECSA for CPD purposes as follows: five day attendance = 4 points, five day attendance and satisfactory completion of assignment and examination = 6 points.


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