Surface Mining Technology

By Prof. Kaushik Dey   |   IIT Kharagpur
Learners enrolled: 539
Surface mining is the most popular mining technology. However, it is being challenged due to dearth of near surface deposits and socio-environmental constraints. With the invention of large scale equipment, innovative technologies and strategic planning surface mining can be carried out at a larger depth also with profit. Basic knowledge of surface mining is thus important for the mining engineers. This course is thus designed to provide the basic surface mining technology to the students.

INTENDED AUDIENCE :  UG and PG Mining Engineering students. 

INDUSTRIES  SUPPORT  :  All mining companies including CIL, SAIL, NALCO, HZL,HCL, CEMENT SECTORS etc.

Course Status : Completed
Course Type : Core
Duration : 12 weeks
Category :
  • Metallurgy and Material science & Mining Engineering
Credit Points : 3
Level : Undergraduate/Postgraduate
Start Date : 25 Jul 2022
End Date : 14 Oct 2022
Enrollment Ends : 08 Aug 2022
Exam Date : 30 Oct 2022 IST

Note: This exam date is subjected to change based on seat availability. You can check final exam date on your hall ticket.

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Course layout

Week 1:Introduction to Surface Mining, Current status and challenges, Understanding rocks, minerals and deposits 
Week 2:Cut off grade, Surface mining phases and surface mining systems, Surface mining Excavations and unit operations 
Week 3:Drilling and blasting for surface mines 
Week 4:Shovel and dumper operation for surface mining excavations 
Week 5:Operation of Dozer and dragline 
Week 6:Operation of continuous surface miner 
Week 7:Operation of bucket wheel excavator and bucket chain excavator 
Week 8:Transportation system for surface mines and expit transportation 
Week 9:Design and maintenance of haul roads
Week 10:Stability assessment of pit slopes and dump designs 
Week 11:Sea bed mining, dimensional stone mining 
Week 12:Safety Environment and mine closure 

Books and references

  1. Surface Mining Technology – G B Mishra 
  2. Surface Mining Technology – S K Das 
  3. Elements of Mining Technology – D J Deshmukh 
  4. SME Handbook – SME publication

Instructor bio

Prof. Kaushik Dey

IIT Kharagpur
Kaushik Dey is an Assistant Professor, Department of Mining Engineering Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, India. He has obtained B.E. (Mining), M. Tech (Opencast Mining) and Ph.D. (Mining) prior to work in the field of Tunneling and Mining sector for few years. Prior to join I. I. T. Kharagpur, Dr. Kaushik Dey was an Assistant Professor in Department of Mining Engineering at National Institute of Technology, Rourkela and at Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad. His research area includes excavation of rock by blasting or by mechanical cutting, mining operations, surface mining, whole body vibration etc. He has published around thirty five research papers in different journals apart from many others presented in the national/international conferences.

Course certificate

The course is free to enroll and learn from. But if you want a certificate, you have to register and write the proctored exam conducted by us in person at any of the designated exam centres.
The exam is optional for a fee of Rs 1000/- (Rupees one thousand only).
Date and Time of Exams: 30 October 2022 Morning session 9am to 12 noon; Afternoon Session 2pm to 5pm.
Registration url: Announcements will be made when the registration form is open for registrations.
The online registration form has to be filled and the certification exam fee needs to be paid. More details will be made available when the exam registration form is published. If there are any changes, it will be mentioned then.
Please check the form for more details on the cities where the exams will be held, the conditions you agree to when you fill the form etc.


Average assignment score = 25% of average of best 8 assignments out of the total 12 assignments given in the course.
Exam score = 75% of the proctored certification exam score out of 100

Final score = Average assignment score + Exam score

YOU WILL BE ELIGIBLE FOR A CERTIFICATE ONLY IF AVERAGE ASSIGNMENT SCORE >=10/25 AND EXAM SCORE >= 30/75. If one of the 2 criteria is not met, you will not get the certificate even if the Final score >= 40/100.

Certificate will have your name, photograph and the score in the final exam with the breakup.It will have the logos of NPTEL and IIT Kharagpur. It will be e-verifiable at nptel.ac.in/noc.

Only the e-certificate will be made available. Hard copies will not be dispatched.

Once again, thanks for your interest in our online courses and certification. Happy learning.

- NPTEL team

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