MIN E 661: Advanced Applications of Simulation and Modeling

The course integrates theory and applications by means of undertaking a real-world simulation project using Arena discrete event simulation software. Emphasis is placed on transporters, customization of simulation using VBA, pseudo agent-based modeling, simulation based optimization, verification and validation techniques, and experimental design. To complement theory presented in MINE 641, a simulation modeling project with comprehensive new theoretical simulation topics are presented. Course outline includes: 1. Introduction to SQL coding to build Microsoft SQL Server database structures 2. Random Number Generators 3. Modeling Queueing and Network Systems 4. Entity Movement and Material Handling Constructs 5. Free-Path and Guided Transporters 6. Integration and Customization using VBA 7. Implementing Agent Based Modeling Techniques 8. Verification & Validation techniques 9.  Visual Designer – Dashboards – 3D Scenes 10.  Simulation based Optimization & Experimental Design.          

MIN E 651: Application of Mine Planning and Design

The course integrates theory and applications by means of undertaking a design project using mine planning software. Emphasis is placed on pit limit optimization, strategic mine planning, short-term planning, and open pit mine design. To complement theory presented in MINE 631, a mine planning and design project with comprehensive instructions and hands-on experience using commercial general mine planning (GMP) software to complete is undertaken. Course Outline includes: 1-Drillhole Data Management; 2-Orebody - Solid & Surface Modeling; 3-Block Modeling; 4-Open Pit Limit Optimization; 5-Practical Push Back Design; 6-Life-of-Mine Production Scheduling; 7-Pre-stripping and Buffer Stockpiles; 8-Cut-off Grade Optimization & Stockpiling; 9-Integrating scheduling, blending, stockpiling, and cut-off optimization; 10-Open Pit & Dump Design; 11-Medium/ Short-Term Planning.       

MIN E 641: Discrete Event Simulation

Fundamentals of Discrete Event Simulation modelling and its industrial applications are presented. Theoretical and statistical aspects of simulation, including input analysis, random number generation, experimental design, and variance reduction techniques are presented. Arena Simulation Environment is used as the primary modelling tool for explaining simulation concepts. The emphasis is on building computer-based models for real systems and performing simulation experiments to evaluate the behaviour of a system under different sets of conditions. This course is planned for students from a wide background - suitable for students from all engineering disciplines, but the main focus is on the applications of DES in the mining context.

MIN E 631: Surface Mine Design and Optimization

Principles and fundamental concepts involved in the planning and design of open pit mines are presented. Subjects covered are mine planning, mining revenues and costs, orebody description, geometrical layout design, open pit limit design and optimization using manual method, floating cone, 2D & 3D Lerchs and Grossmann algorithm, production planning, concepts of production scheduling using mathematical programming, mine-life estimation, cut-off grade optimization and Lane’s theory, and mineral resources and ore reserves. Applications of MATLAB matrices, data structures, file input/output, and functions in the context of mine planning and design are introduced. A series of  labs using Gemcom Gems general mine planning software are undertaken. The labs focus on drillhole databases, compositing, creating surfaces and solids as geological objects, block modeling techniques, pit  and waste dump design, and haul road design. Labs also cover open pit strategic planning and production scheduling using Gemcom Whittle software. Students undertake a design project and a research term paper as part of the course.

MIN E 407: Principles of Mine Ventilation

3.8 (fi 6) (either term, 3-0-3/2) Principles and practices of underground total air conditioning. Control of quantity, quality, and temperature-humidity of the underground mines. Design and analyses of mine ventilation networks.  Theory and applications of fans to mine ventilation systems. Ventilation planning and overall system design. Ventsim software is used to model ventilation networks airways and to simulate underground mine ventilation airflows, pressure and heats.  Prerequisite: CIV E 330 and MIN E 414. Corequisite: MIN E 422.

MIN E 325: Mine Planning and Design

4.5 (fi 6) (either term, 3-0-3) Introduction to mine planning and design using standard software tools. Geological and economic block models;  open pit mine layout and planning requirements; pit limit optimization;  haul road design; pit and waste dump design; long and short-term mine production scheduling; cut-off grade optimization. Gemcom Gems and Whittle are used as the main planning software introducing planning and design concepts in a series of laboratories and a design project.  Prerequisites: MIN E 295, CIV E 265, MIN E 310.

Other Courses Taught

MIN E 428: Mine Field Trip

MIN E 414: Underground Mining Methods

MIN E 408: Mining Enterprise Economics

MIN E 403: Mine Design Project II

MIN E 402: Mine Design Project I

MIN E 330: Mine Transport and Plant Engineering