Dragline Mining Systems

The aim of this course is to provide a comprehensive overview of planning and operational methods associated with dragline mining systems. The course focuses on system efficiencies and the importance of dragline engineering decision-making based on costs. Participants will use DRAGSIM in the course workshops to simulate and analyse various planning scenarios.

Course Content

Dragline Mine Design

Systematic mine planning process, and mining limit assessment using economic ranking criteria.

Dragline Key Components

Typical configuration, dig & dump cycle, understanding dragline working envelope, and dragline buckets.

Dragline Operating Methods

Range diagrams, pit layout, boxcuts, single seam applications, multi-seam applications, use of dozers & throw blasting, handling geotechnical & hydrological issues.

Dragline Productivity

Calculating re-handle, productivity calculations, sensitivity to changing operating & design paramaters (pit width / seam dip / swell / ramp placement etc), motion control & new technology, sensitivity to operators & design procedures.

Dragline Scheduling

Meeting production targets, blending constraints, and dragline sequencing.

Economics & Decision Making

Evaluation techniques, marginal cost analysis, time value of money, and discounted average cost.

Learning outcomes

  • Understand frequently used dragline terminology.
  • Describe the key elements of efficient dragline systems.
  • Describe the practices involved in systematic mine planning.
  • Learn how to make engineering decisions based on costs.
  • Learn about various dragline mining methods involving single seam and multi seam applications.

Who is the course for?

  • Mine Planning Engineers
  • Planning Managers / Superintendents
  • Senior Operational Personnel
  • Equipment Manufacturers

Want to learn more?

Contact [email protected] 

Delivery mode

Classroom or Remote

Duration

Classroom – Two Days
Remote – 15 hours (5 x 3 hour sessions)

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