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Introduction to Surface Mining Methods CPD University of Leicester



Course info


This course gives a broad introduction to the different types of surface mining, and the techniques and equipment used. It is based on presentations and videos of a UK university undergraduate mining module given by Dr Bill Birch, formerly of the University of Leeds, and now Director of Blast Log Ltd. It is designed for those who want to develop their knowledge across open-pit, opencast (strip mining) and quarrying, and in the selection and optimisation of equipment.

The course starts with an overview of open-pit mining, opencast mining and quarrying and then gives a detailed explanation of the different types of equipment and how to select and use them most efficiently.

At the end of the course you should be able to: describe the different types of surface mining methods and when they are appropriate to use; identify the major pieces of mobile plant and how to use them effectively and efficiently; plan a load and haul fleet to achieve a production requirement.

Course options

Here are the different ways in which you can study Introduction to Surface Mining Methods CPD.

Online/Distance (3 months)

Tuition fees

Introduction to Surface Mining Methods - £150

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May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct


University of Leicester

University Road,



LE1 7RH, England

Entry requirement for international students

You must have a good command of the English language as this course will be taught in English.

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