MNE4010 - Mine planning and scheduling - 2018

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Organisational Unit

Department of Civil Engineering

Chief examiner(s)

Professor Jeff Walker


Associate Professor Mohan Yellishetty

Unit guides



  • First semester 2018 (On-campus)


MNE3040 and MNE3050






This unit deals with the theoretical principles and practical methodologies associated with mine planning and scheduling. Mine planning is an interactive process that includes elements of design, scheduling and evaluation. As part of the planning process a range of issues have to be considered including, short and long-term planning, mine optimisation, cut-off grade analysis and mine evaluation. The unit applies mine planning and scheduling techniques to a case-study project in current state-of-the-art software.


At the successful completion of this unit you will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate the process of strategic mine planning and its impact on decision-making during project development through the use of fully coupled discounted cash flow models.
  2. Generate an optimal resource extraction profile and develop a mine plan with cut-off grade optimisation.
  3. Generate mine schedules and compare different alternatives based on sequencing, timing and costs.
  4. Engage effectively as a member of a mine planning team to produce a written report and present the findings to various audiences.


Individual and group written reports and oral presentations: 100%

Workload requirements

3 hours practice class, 9 hours private study per week

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