MNE3020 - Resource estimation - 2017

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Department of Civil Engineering


Dr Mohan Yellishetty

Unit guides



  • First semester 2017 (Day)


The mineral inventory of a company is quantified through resource or reserve estimates with associated error levels that, in many cases, are unknown. The estimation procedure used by a geologist or engineer should incorporate efforts to minimise errors and assumptions at every level of decision.

This unit focuses on resource and reserve estimation of mineral ores and hydrocarbon deposits, with particular focus on the influence of the in situ geological conditions. Students will learn the basics of resource and reserve reporting with particular reference to applicable industry codes. Resource modelling will be taught through computer applications with special consideration of geostatistical techniques.


At the conclusion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Appreciate the difference in sampling methods applicable for various resource types.
  2. Construct resource models from exploration datasets using industry standard software tools.
  3. Apply different statistical and geostatistical tools and techniques for evaluating the grade and tonnage of mineral resources.
  4. Assess the merits and drawbacks of various estimation methods relevant to deposit type and quantify the uncertainty and risk associated with different estimation techniques.
  5. Generate resources and reserve reports using applicable industry codes.


Closed book examination (3 Hours): 50%

Assignments/Practical/project work/Tests (continuous assessment): 50%

Students are required to achieve at least 45% in the total continuous assessment component and at least 45% in the final examination component and an overall mark of 50% to achieve a pass grade in the unit. Students failing to achieve this requirement will be given a maximum of 45% in the unit.

Workload requirements

3 hours lecture, 2 hours practice class, 7 hours private study per week

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