Underground Construction and Tunnel Engineering UCTE is an interdisciplinary field primarily involving civil engineering, geological engineering and mining engineering, and secondarily involving mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, geophysics, geology and others. UCTE deals with the design, construction, rehabilitation and management of underground space including caverns, shafts and tunnels for commercial, transportation, water and wastewater use. UCTE is a challenging field involving complex soil and rock behavior, groundwater conditions, excavation methods, construction materials, structural design flow, heterogeneity, and very low tolerance for deformation due to existing infrastructure in urban environments. Students pursuing a graduate degree in UCTE will gain a strong and interdisciplinary foundation in these topics.
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Earth Resources Development Engineering - Mining Engineering
Grad students are developing extraction and processing methods, making mining safer and more efficient, converting mine waste into consumer products and advancing technology for mining operations. UA mining and geological engineering grad programs provide a number of high-profile research opportunities in the following focus areas:. The doctoral program is designed to prepare a professional engineer for senior responsibility in industry, research, or teaching. The successful candidate must demonstrate the ability to devise and execute a program of study and research, which makes a fundamentally new contribution to the chosen field. The most important aspect of the doctoral program is the dissertation, which is the evidence of this fundamental contribution. The University of Arizona has one of the top mining engineering programs in the world, starting with:.
Mining and Materials Engineering
Lifeng Li , University of Kentucky Follow. In mining engineering, blast-induced ground vibration has become one of the major concerns when production blasts are conducted, especially when the mining areas and the blast sites are near inhabited areas or infrastructure of interest. To comply with regulations, a vibration monitoring program should be developed for each mining operation. The vibration level, which is usually indicated by the peak particle velocity PPV of the vibration waveform, should fall below the maximum allowable values. Ideally, when blasting is near structures of interest power towers, dams, houses, etc.
Graduate Degrees in Mining Engineering offer a variety of core research strengths including surface mining methods, heavy mining machinery, mine ventilation, sustainable development and mine optimization, rock mechanics. The Mining Engineering program offers graduate programs of study which lead to Graduate Certificates, M. Student, Kenneth Bansah works on small-scale mining safety in Ghana.