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Specialist Technical Masterclass Series powered by UNSW Sydney

Uranium Mining Overview

Commencing 22 May 2023

Specialist Technical Masterclass Series powered by UNSW Sydney

Uranium Mining Overview

Commencing 22 May 2023

Explore uranium mining and gain the skills to understand and critically review uranium mining practices



Quick facts

Duration Delivery Course Type Next Intake PD Hours Language
90-minute webinar
100% online

22 May  2023

Up to 2


Course overview

As part of the nuclear cycle, uranium is essential to energy production that is safe, efficient and minimises environmental effects. Having the world's largest uranium reserves, Australia is well-positioned to meet a significant proportion of the increased demand for uranium – which in turn presents an exciting career opportunity for mining professionals.

This masterclass aims to provide an overview of uranium mining for engineers, geologists and other industry technical professionals by exploring the geology of uranium deposits, mining practices, milling, and processing, economics and state and commonwealth legislation dealing with uranium mining and production.

Gain skills and knowledge to build on your existing mining technical expertise to pursue opportunities within uranium mining.

From feasibility assessment and operations to processing practices, learn about uranium mining practices and associated exploration and legislation regulations; and the skills to apply this knowledge to critically review uranium mining practices and creatively solve problems in a manner responsive to change.

Delivered in collaboration with AusIMM’s Education Partner, UNSW Sydney.



Course pricing

Price is inclusive of 10% GST
Price is inclusive of 10% GST

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Who should attend?

Engineers, geologists and other industry professionals
This masterclass is designed for mining professionals interested in gaining a solid overview of uranium mining considerations and practices for practical application


Course structure

This masterclass will be delivered via:

  • 90-minute live webinar
  • Supported by resources
  • Interactive group forums on AusIMM’s Learning Management System, providing opportunity for peer discussions and feedback

The webinar session will be recorded and available within 24 hours for participants unable to attend.


Prof Ismet Canbulat

Professor and Head of School Kenneth Finlay Chair of Rock Mechanics UNSW Minerals and Energy Resources Engineering, UNSW
Professor Ismet Canbulat is Head of School and Chair of Rock Mechanics at the School of Minerals and Energy Resources Engineering, UNSW Sydney. He has over 30 years of experience in research, consultancy, management, on-site and academia.

Ismet is a Fellow of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy and Institute of Engineers Australia; a member of the International Society for Rock Mechanics, Australian Geomechanics Society and Society of Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration.

He has over 100 publications in the field of rock mechanics. His main research interests and expertise lie in rock mechanics theory and application, ground control, ground support system design, numerical modelling in addition to other areas in mining engineering including mine design, layout selection and geotechnical impact assessment, risk management and advanced risk-based design and evaluation.

Prof Serkan Saydam

Chair in Mining Engineering, UNSW
Serkan Saydam is currently Chair in Mining Engineering at the School of Minerals and Energy Resources Engineering at UNSW. A key focus of his research is to address the current needs and future challenges faced by the mining industry. His fields of research include ground control, mine planning and design, technology integration and management, mine internet of things and space resources engineering. He established research collaboration with NASA as well more than 40 research organisations and universities globally. Serkan is known for founding and chairing the AusIMM’s International Future Mining Conference Series, and he also co-chairs of AusIMM’s AusRock Conference Series.

Professor Saydam is the High-Level Advisory Board Member of EU funded illuMINEation Project and the Advisory Board Member of 7Sisters Mission, the first Australian Mission for Moon. He is also the inventor of the Virtual Mine – ViMINE mining engineering game which his used in more than 80 universities worldwide.

Serkan has received multiple academic awards including 2020 UNSW Dean’s Award for Global Impact, 2019 UNSW Vice Chancellor’s Postgraduate Research Supervision Award and 2017 Society of Mining Professors’ International Tim Shaw Innovation in Teaching Award. He is a Fellow of the AusIMM; President of the ISRM Commission on Planetary Rock Mechanics; Deputy Director of the Australian Centre for Space Engineering Research (ACSER) at UNSW; Deputy Secretary General and Council Member of the SOMP (The Society of Mining Professors).

Seher Ata

Associate Professor, School of Minerals and Energy, UNSW
Seher Ata is an Associate Professor in the School of Minerals and Energy at University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia.

Prior to joining UNSW, she was a Research Academic at the Centre for Multiphase Processes, Newcastle University, Australia. She has taught a number of courses including mineral processing, uranium mining fundamentals and particle processing and technology. Dr Ata’s research interests focus on fundamental and applied research in mineral processing with special emphasis on froth flotation, dewatering and integrating renewable energy in mineral processing. She has worked on a wide range of projects which have concentrated on the processing of low-grade complex by flotation, froth phase behaviour in industrial flotation cells, tailings reprocessing, and the impact of water chemistry on the efficiency of coal processing plants. She publishes widely and has recently been included in the world’s top 2% of Scientists List.

Dr Ata is on the editorial board of several journals. She is also the UNSW representative of MN-001 Coal and Coke Standards Australia and leading the Australian Standards for coal flotation committee which aims to review and update the current Standard.

Beyond her scholarly and academic work, Dr Ata is passionate about creating equity and diversity. She is a member of the Gender Equity Working Group and the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

Chengguo Zhang

Senior Lecturer, School of Minerals and Energy Resources Engineering, UNSW
Dr Chengguo Zhang is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Minerals and Energy Resources Engineering at UNSW. Dr Zhang works in the discipline of mining engineering, particularly in mine geomechanics research throughout his career, aiming to improve safety and sustainability in mines by conducting fundamental and applied research. Dr Zhang received his B.E. in Mining Engineering from China University of Mining and Technology and Ph.D. in Mining Engineering from UNSW Sydney.

Specifically, his research interest focuses on the critical areas in the mining industry, such as dynamic rock mass failures, the interaction of mining and groundwater, and mine data analysis and visualisation. His recently research focuses on integrating data analysis and visualisation technologies into the assessment of rock mass behaviour and management of geotechnical risks in deep mining environments, with more emphasis on the hard rock mines. His research leads to novel and unique solutions that previously have limited understanding and directly applies and translates to industry practices.

Dr Zhang has been working closely with the industry via a range of industry projects and consultancy projects in both NSW and QLD in Australia. As for professional services, he was invited to join the Commission on Rockbursts, International Society for Rock Mechanics in 2020. He has been invited to the Organising Committee of a range of international conferences. He has also served as committee/council member of various of professional society, such as NSW Underground Geotechnical Society (NUGS), The Mine Subsidence Technological Society (MSTS) etc.; and editorial board of the International Journal of Mining Science and Technology.

Hamed Lamei Ramandi

Senior Lecturer, School of Minerals and Energy Resources Engineering, UNSW
Hamed is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Minerals and Energy Resources Engineering at UNSW Sydney. He is a multidisciplinary researcher with academic and industry experience in both science and engineering. His research spans a wide range of geological and geotechnical problems. His key research interests include digital rock analysis, fractured media, multiphase flow through porous media, rock characterisation, reactive fellow, and geomechanics with applications to mineral exploration and extraction, space resource utilisation, hydrogen storage, CO2 geosequestration, ground control, water and environmental studies. Most of Hamed's current research projects are industry-oriented, with close collaboration with the mining industry.

Frequently asked questions

The course will be run entirely online via a cloud-based Learning Management System (LMS) which can be accessed via computer, tablet or phone. Participants will simply need to have a working Internet connection and a computer, tablet or phone with sound to access the course. The live webinars will be hosted on Adobe Connect and participants may choose to download this application to their computers or devices; however, this is an optional download and attendance via an internet browser is also enabled. Participants will not be required to have access to a webcam or microphone.

The full course is estimated to take about 3 hours of learning. Participants will have access to the course platform for three weeks.

At the moment, the course will only be delivered in English. 

No pre-qualification needed but the course is aimed at mining professionals who have a certain level of working experience and knowledge.

Participants can earn professional development (PD) hours for undertaking the course. One contact hour of technical content is equivalent to one PD hour.

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