1. RESEARCH & DEVELOPMENT

   The department actively pursues research and development especially in applied areas with emphasis on collaborative effort.

    After the initial development period of 5 to 7 years for establishing laboratories and other facilities, the department has taken up rock mechanics and ground control ,environmental issues of mineral industry, excavation engineering as thrust area. Some of the research subjects taken up are development of new supports, rock support interaction studies, development of classification system for roof quality and roof falls, innovations in blasting and geo-statistical modeling of roof quality, water pollution, trace element migration studies, surface environment modeling, dust control and socio-economics.

 International Collaborative Research:

The department successfully completed two collaborative project of three year each with Earth Resources Centre (U.K.) in the area of Impact of Mining on Tropical Forests(1990-1994) and with Camborne School of Mines, U K in the area of Mining and Environment (2003-2006).

Now the department is exploring a possibility of International collaborative project with University of Newcastle, UK and other countries in various research areas.

 

Current Research Projects:
         Collaborative research project  in collaboration with coal industry in the area of “Mine Environment” (project expenditure: 2.26 lakhs) and another project ( 10.0 lakhs) is funded by MHRD in the area of slope stability has recently completed.  The research project entitled “Use of OB material for stowing, (39.25 lakhs)” is under progress in collaboration with MOIL.  Some more research proposal are on risk and vulnerability and dust are submitted to the funding agencies.

            Some of the research projects are being executed with involvement of post graduate students. About 90  technical papers have been published in the last 3/4 years based on research work done in the department.

Research Projects

  • Mine Environment & Human Health, British Council, 2004
  • Investigation on Influence of Geological Characteristics on the Design of Benches and Slopes in opencast mines of Wardha Valley coalfields, MHRD, 2005
  • Investigations on feasibility of conversion of energy from exhaust air from mine into electrical energy, Western Coalfields Ltd., 2006
  • Investigations on feasibility of the method of isolation of the galleries lying beneath the Wardha river at Ghugus Opencast Mine, Western Coalfields Ltd., 2004
  • Technical & Feasibility study of overburden rock of Dongri Buzurg & Kandri Mine for consolidated stowing in underground mines,MOIL Ltd Nagpur,2012

 
Major Research Areas:

  • Numerical Modeling of underground and surface excavations
  • Rock Mechanics and Ground Control
  • Safety Management and Risk Assesment in mines
  • Computer modeling for mine ventilation
  • Blast optimization and rock classification
  • Impact of mining on the environment,
  • Assessment and control of Ground vibration and Fly rocks due to blasting
  • Air pollution monitoring
  • Dust control in mines
  • Stability of slopes and dumps
  • Socio-economic aspects of mineral industry

 

2. INTERACTION WITH INDUSTRY:

            Over the last two decades the department has built up an excellent rapport with the mineral based Industry and Government organizations. The interaction covers four areas, services offered by the department, collaborative projects, exchange of visits, and facilities for specialized training.

2.1 Service to the industry:

       As a result of the excellent goodwill built up, the deptt. has an opportunity to extend service to the industry in the following ways –

  • Conducting workshops and training programs,
  • Consultancies
  • Testing and standardization of products
  • Evaluation of project reports
  • Feasibility studies
  • Expert advice

     

Till date the deptt. has conducted twenty two workshops/continuing education programmes for the benefit of industry. The deptt. accrues about Rs. 15-18 lakhs revenue per year from the above service activities. Some of the major clients include WCL, MOIL, CMRI, MECL, IBM, CMPDIL, DGM, large number of cement manufacturers, L&T, mining machinery and material handling equipment manufacturers.

2.2 Collaborative Projects:

            The department emphasizes on collaborative research projects of applied nature. Some of the research projects are completed or are ongoing in collaboration with MOIL and WCL.

2.3 Exchange of visits:

            The department invites experts from various national and international organizations through the aegis of Mining Society for expert lectures, discussions and as contributory faculty. This provides an opportunity for students and faculty to get to know the whole gamut of issues concerning the world mineral industry.

            The faculty has built up noteworthy credibility in the industry in the region and they are often invited for expert talks, inaugurations, special meetings etc. On an average annually about 15 formal visits by faculty take place for above activities.

2.4 Facilities for Specialized Training:

            The industry in the region offers facilities for specialized training like vocational training, field visits, camps, study tours which are a part of the curriculum for UG students.

 

 

3. Seminars/Conferences conducted

  • International Symposium on “Environmental issues of Mining Industry” , January 11-15,  2006
  • National Seminar on “Blasting, Explosive Technology and Safety in Mining & Infrastructural Developments” December 3-5-2009 .
  • Workshop on “ Management of dump slopes  in mines”, 26 Dec 2010
  • Workshop on Safety Management and risk assessment in mines.
  •  National Seminar  on Advances in Mining Industry 1st Oct. 2011
  •  Profession Course on Advanced Technology Mining, Sept. 2012 
  • National Mining Summit of "Challenges before Mining Industry for Sustainable development", November 2014

 

4.Collaborations

  • Camborne School of Mine, University of Exeter, U.K.
  • Western Coalfields Ltd.
  • MOIL Ltd
  • CIMFR, Nagpur

 

5.Community Service
Workshop for educating the villagers in the vicinity of the Dongri Buzurg Mine of MOIL regarding Health Hazards due to Airborne Mine Dust

 

 

 

 

6.Distinguished Alumni

  • Mr. V.D.Mali - Vice President (Mines & Projects), Grasim Cements, Raipur
  • Mr. A.M.Athawale - General Manager (MinesOperations & Technical Services), V.S.Dempo-lron Ore Mines, Goa
  • Dr. VMSR Murthy Professor, ISM,Dhanbad
  • Dr. DP Tripathi - Professor, NIT,Rourkela
  • Mr. D.W.Gokhale - General Manager, WCL