The University of Newcastle, Australia

Science and engineering

Course DatesMode/Location Description
Australian Coal Basins Ongoing Face to face through Postgraduate Study at University of Newcastle, Callaghan campus The NSW Institute for Frontier Geoscience professional development course in Australian Coal Basins is designed to outline the location and significant features of the Australian Coal Basins, to provide a geological background and context for understanding Australian coal deposits. The course will be run by experts in their field chosen by the Coalfields Geology Council of NSW, and will include academics, consultants, Government and Industry geologists.

Coal Quality and Utilisation

Ongoing Face to face through Postgraduate Study at University of Newcastle, Callaghan campus The NSW Institute for Frontier Geoscience professional development course in Coal Quality and Utilisation is designed to introduce principles of coal formation, sampling, analysis and utilisation as a basis for coal mine quality management and marketing. The course will be run by experts in their field chosen by the Coalfields Geology Council of NSW, and will include academics, consultants, Government and Industry geologists.

Geotechnical Aspects of Coal Mining and Hazard Awareness

Ongoing Face to face through Postgraduate Study at University of Newcastle, Callaghan campus This course provides participants who have a background in coal mining with a basic knowledge of coal mining Geomechanics. It is intended to provide operational staff in the coal mining industry with a basic working familiarity with the mechanics of geomaterials in the context of mine planning and operation. Successful completion of this course will give participants a deeper understanding of the geotechnical issues that affect coal production and facilitate a higher level of communication and effective decision-making between geologists, consultant engineers, and mine management staff.
Principles of Groundwater Monitoring in Relation to Coal Mining Ongoing Face to face through Postgraduate Study at University of Newcastle, Callaghan campus This five-day professional course is designed to complement and update the training of mine and exploration coal geologists in matters related to the geohydrology of coal mining. The course will begin with the simplest concepts of the water cycle and surface-subsurface coupling; then proceed through the principles of groundwater disposition and flow to assessing their interaction with coal mining, and the potential impacts on mining. The course will present the fundamental hydrogeochemical concepts necessary for adequate baseline, mine-related monitoring; an introduction to the use of groundwater models for groundwater resource assessment, impacts, planning and dewatering; and an applicable overview of groundwater well design, and aquifer testing processes. Final sessions will highlight the evaluation of measurement data; while the fit of all these matters in a legislative context will be shown and the relevance of monitoring and considerations of optimal network design will be shown.