Botswana International University of Science & Technology - BIUST

Mining & Geological Engineering

Introduction

Introduction
The exploitation of mineral resources and exploration activities as well as their impact on the environment is a global issue today. The Department runs two closely related programmes which are:
1. BEng Mining Engineering (5 years duration)
2. BEng Geological Engineering (5 years duration)


Mission
The mission of the Department of Mining and Geological Engineering is to provide high quality education and training to undergraduate and graduate students in mining and geological engineering; to provide students with experiences in problems solving skills by integrating engineering sciences into industrial and societal needs.


Vision
The vision of the Department is to produce world-class professionals in the fields of mining and geological engineering.


General Regulations
BIUST and the College of Engineering & Technology regulations pertaining to application, registration, examinations, and awards shall apply.

HOD's Welcome

Welcome to the Department of Mining and Geological Engineering of the Botswana International University of Science and Technology (BIUST).
The Department is in the College of Engineering and Technology.
The Department runs both Undergraduate (5-years) and Postgraduate programmes (MSc. 1 - 2 years; PhD 3 – 5 years) in both Mining Engineering and Geological Engineering.
Statistics show that the mining industry accounted for over 80% of the foreign exchange earnings of Botswana in 2010 and over 20% of Botswana’s Gross Domestic Product.
Accordingly, the development of the vast mineral resources, especially diamonds, is key to Botswana’s future economic development.
The future of the mining and mineral resources sector is heavily dependent on the quality of professionals in the mining and allied industries.
The main goal of the Department is to produce highly qualified mining and geological engineers that will support the industry in Botswana & compete favourably anywhere in the world.
We want to be a pacesetter Department and assist BIUST in bringing change to Botswana in particular and the southern African region in general. On completion, our mining and geological engineering graduates are fully equipped to pursue careers in both surface, underground mining and mineral exploration & water resources companies.
They find employment in mining companies, mining service companies, banking and financial institutions, exploration companies, academic institutions and water engineering companies.
The mining, exploration and allied industries offer some of the best remuneration packages and service conditions throughout the world.
By getting a degree in Mining Engineering or Geological Engineering, you will be joining the team of happy mining and mineral professionals who are providing the much-needed minerals and raw materials for the technological and economic advancement of the economies of many countries throughout the world.
Turn your future and that of your family around by studying in the Department of Mining and Geological Engineering. You will never regret your choice of programme if you earn a degree from this University because you will get a highly paid job very easily and enter into an extremely wide job market everywhere in the world.

Prof. Raymond S. Suglo
Head of Department

Undergraduate Programmes


BEng Mining Engineering
Mining Engineering combines the application of engineering principles, earth science fundamentals and technology in the planning, design, development, optimization, operation and management of surface and underground mines and mineral exploration projects. Mining engineers supervise the mining process from start to finish. They examine all the phases of mineral development and exploitation, including exploration, processing, and marketing of minerals. An important challenge that faces mining engineers in today’s environment is to design and implement mining systems that will have minimal adverse impact on the environment, employ sound environmental technology
and maximize the return on investment (ROI). Mining Engineers need to acquire a very broad range of abilities in all engineering disciplines including expertise in aspects of electrical engineering, mechanical engineering and civil engineering in addition to the more specific mining-related activities such as mining economics and finance, geotechnical engineering, mine design, mineral process engineering, environmental management, mineral resource estimation, recovery optimization, health and safety management.

  • Career Prospects
  • Mining engineers pursue careers in surface and underground mining operations, mineral exploration, equipment manufacturing and sales, and mineral commodity markets. They find employment mining companies, mining service companies, banking and financial institutions, exploration companies, academic institutions and water engineering companies. Due to the ever-increasing population and rapid developments in technology, there is an expanding demand for minerals globally. Accordingly, there is a need to increase the production of the minerals to satisfy the requirements of humans and industry. Hence, there will always be the need for more mining engineers
  • Programme Objectives
  • The Bachelor of Engineering in Mining Engineering programme is aimed at providing a solid foundation in concepts of Mining Engineeringdisciplines and related courses to meet the requirements of industry in Botswana in particular and the world in general. The main objectives are to train competent first degree graduates; prepare first degree graduates to take up jobs in the mining and allied industries and prepare candidates for postgraduate degrees in mining and related programmes. It is designed to produce highly qualified entrepreneurship-oriented mining engineers to meet a critical need within Botswana in creating and growing technology-intensive industries for a knowledge-based economy, similar needs in Southern Africa, as well as recognized needs elsewhere around the world.
  • Educational Objectives
  • The design of the curriculum takes into account the accreditation criteria of ECSA and ABET for Mining Engineering. The educational objectives of the programme are:
  • 1. To produce graduates who have the capacity to practice mining engineering as entrepreneurs or in Government, established industry, and local or international enterprises.
  • 2. To produce graduates having sound knowledge of mining engineering fundamentals such that they are able to: analyse and solve problems; deploy computer-based mining engineering tools; create and evaluate products; learn independently; and succeed in the workplace or in graduate school

BEng Geological Engineering
Geological Engineering is the application of a combination of geology and engineering science to problems involving all earth materials. It is a branch of engineering that grew out of the non-extractive fields of civil and mining engineering and geology, to deal with the earth and its complex, highly-variable and often unpredictable workings. It connects geology, civil engineering and other fields (e.g. mining, geophysics, geography, forestry) to provide a versatile set of skills applicable to a wide range of contemporary problems. A core subject is Soil Mechanics from Civil Engineering and a related subject is Rock Mechanics from Mining Engineering.


Geological Engineering is a broad, interdisciplinary field with many specialty areas such as: field investigation for construction projects and civil works, rock and soil slope stability, environmental site characterization and planning, hydrogeology and groundwater studies and engineering, hazard investigations, as well as exploration development and economic evaluation of mineral and fossil fuel deposits.


Geological engineers work in a number of different professional environments, including exploration for natural resources, mining, petroleum, civil engineering, groundwater, geology and waste management. They apply earth sciences and engineering to find and extract earth-bound energy such as oil, natural gas, and coal sources and mineral wealth and metal resources. They also aid other engineering disciplines in designing foundations of major structures for various types of loads, and in designing waste repository systems to protect the earth from environmental degradation and accidents caused by soil and rock instabilities.


The BEng Geological Engineering degree programme provides students with a broad background in science and engineering, a thorough foundation in geology and sufficient depth and breadth in other areas of earth sciences and systems engineering as well as spatial sciences and technologies. Students receive a thorough background in applied geophysics, enough to support advanced engineering courses. Students also receive a balanced curriculumof junior and senior level engineering courses in energy resources, mineral resources, groundwater engineering and geo-mechanics.

  • Career Prospects
  • The graduates in Geological Engineering work in a very broad range of jobs and are employed in geology, exploration, mining, construction, environmental, and water industries and Non-Governmental Organizations (NGO’s) throughout Africa.
  • Programme Objectives
  • The Bachelor of Engineering Geological Engineering programme aims at providing knowledge of the engineering properties of earth materials, mineral deposits, and groundwater resources. The exploitation of these resources can impact the environment so the programme gives serious considerations to such issues through a well-balanced curriculum between geology, groundwater, engineering and the environment. It aims to produce highly qualified entrepreneurship-oriented geological engineers to meet a critical need within Botswana in creating and growing technology-intensive industries for its new knowledge-based economy, similar needs in Southern Africa, as well as evolving earth-engineering projects elsewhere around the world.
  • Educational Objectives
  • The educational objectives of the programme are:
  • 1. To produce graduates who have the capacity to practice geological engineering as entrepreneurs or in government, established industry, and local or international enterprises.
  • 2. To produce graduates having sound knowledge of geological engineering fundamentals such that they are able to: analyse and solve technical problems; deploy computer-based geological engineering tools; create and evaluate products; learn independently;and succeed in the workplace and in postgraduate school.

Postgraduate Programmes



MENG/PHD PROGRAMMES IN MINING ENGINEERING

 
MEng (maximum of 2 years); PhD (3 years)

The programmes are aimed at providing a firm grounding in basic and advanced concepts and modern methods of mining engineering as well as offering a selection of special courses related to developing areas of the subject, particularly those areas of importance to Botswana.

Areas of Research

Postgraduate students can specialize in Environmental Engineering in Mining, Rock Mechanics/Geotechnical engineering, Geostatistics, Blasting and Rock Fragmentation, Mineral Economics, Mine Management, Mine Planning and Design (surface and underground mines), Mine Mechanisation, Mine Economics & Financial Evaluation and Materials Handling.

Career opportunities in Mining Engineering include large and small scale mining and allied companies, quarries, financial institutions, construction companies, environmental protection agencies, Mines Department, the universities and other educational and research institutions, National Energy Board, petroleum companies, water companies and other governmental and non-governmental agencies.

MENG/PHD PROGRAMMES IN GEOLOGICAL ENGINEERING

MEng (maximum of 2 years); PhD (3 years)

The Postgraduate programmes aim at producing motivated and highly qualified geologists/geological engineers who can be relied upon to identify and solve the numerous problems confronting the mineral and construction industries in Botswana and the South African sub-region. The programme also aims at providing a firm grounding in basic and advanced concepts and modern methods of mineral exploration, geotechnical engineering, mineralogy, petrology and geochemistry, economic geology and hydrogeology.

Career opportunities in Geological Engineering include large and small scale mining, exploration and allied companies, financial institutions, construction companies, environmental protection agencies, the universities and other educational and research institutions, Geological Survey Department, water companies and other governmental and non-governmental agencies.

Staff


  • Professor Raymond SugloProfessor Raymond Suglo Professor & HOD - Mining  & Geological Engineering
    Raymond Suglo is a holder of PhD and MSc degrees in Mining Engineering (University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada), a Postgraduate Diploma and Bachelor of Science (Honours) degrees in Mining Engineering (Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Kumasi, Ghana)..

  • Dr Itumeleng SeitshiroDr. Itumeleng SeitshiroLecturer - Mining & Geological Engineering
    Dr. Seitshiro is a Lecturer in Mining Engineering, Department of Mining and Geological Engineering. Her specialty is in in Materials Handling, specifically in the transport of slurries in pipelines.

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