Zimbabwe School Of Mines

Serving the SADC mining industry

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Mine Survey

Survey is the art of making accurate observations and measurement in the field in order to determine the accurate positions of points on the earth's surface.

Mine Surveying is a specialized branch of survey discipline. It is an interesting combination of underground and office work. Qualified surveyors are vital to any mining organization. It is a very responsible job as accuracy of survey details is extremely important for planning purpose.

General Mandate

To provide a competent, computer literate, innovative, versatile and efficient Mine Surveyor who can serve the Mining Industry and meet the requirements of the Survey law of Zimbabwe.

A Mine Surveyor is responsible for:
Measuring and plotting mining excavations so that any area on the mine can be pinpointed
determining and measuring up to the areas and volumes blasted by the production crews
calculating and processing information gathered
using sophisticated instruments to give miners direction and grade lines for their development underground

Structure of the Training Program

The training program is a three- year program. First year is spent doing lectures on campus complemented by field trips. Second year is spent on industrial attachment and the third and final year is spent on campus where lectures, field trips and educational tours to different mines are conducted.

First Year Subjects

Mine Geology
Engineering Mathematics
Plane Survey
Location and Control Survey
Computer Applications
National Strategic Studies
Entrepreneurial Development Skills

Second Year

On-Job training

Third Year

Advanced Survey Methods
Mine Management
Environmental Management and Protection
Mine Ventilation
Mine Valuation and Economics
Rock Mechanics and Ground Control

Equipment Available

Gyro Theodolite
Total Station
E.D.Ms & Distomats
Petrological Microscopes
Electronic Theodolites
Levels including Digital Levels
Digital Planimeters