Mining Engineering

Mining-EngineeringThe University of New South Wales' School of Mining Engineering is well known for its outstanding researches that are useful for the industry. In 2010, the project addressing the catastrophes caused by broken rock bolts in mines was started and the school received Commonwealth Government funding for it. For the past years, Australia witnessed horrible accidents in the underground mines. Cases of injury and, worse, death of miners caused by malfunctioning or collapsing rock bolts installed in underground mines have been alarming. The same incidents involving rock bolts in mines also caused high expenditure for downtime and replacements, which are troublesome from an economic standpoint.

The School of Mining Engineering is considered to be one of the top schools in mining engineering and known for researches that address disturbing issues in the industry. In 2010, Dr. Serkan Saydan, Dr. Paul Hagan, Prof. Alan Crosky and Prof. Bruce Hebblewhite initiated a project that is geared towards analysing the factors of rock bolt malfunction in underground mines and developing a feasible strategy to prevent it. The project also involved the Anglo Coal Australia, Springvale, Narrabri Coal Operations, Beltana Highwall Mining, and Jenmar Australia.

The Australian Research Council granted $270,000 funding for three years to the school for the said project to help solve the appalling problems in underground mines due to malfunction of rock bolts. The team was able to come up with the Rock Bolting Technology, which is now used internationally. It gave Australia prominence in mining engineering and the school another impressive research achievement.

Over the years, the School of Mining Engineering had worked with both national and international private companies as well as government agencies to find ways of solving the biggest problems in the industry. For instance, it had a successful partnership with the Mitsubishi Development Group where additional funds were approved by the ACSMP.