Mining Geohydrology and Hydrology

Module description

This module focuses on groundwater influxes in mines, dewatering of mines, water quality management at mines, groundwater risk management, water balances, monitoring of groundwater, as well as modelling of groundwater flows and qualities in the mining environment. It deals with hydrology field techniques with a strong emphasis on surface water-groundwater interaction. It also explains basic flood hydrology and discusses the management of flood levels.

On completion of the module, the student is expected to:

  1. analyse and interpret groundwater influxes in mines
  2. calculate dewatering volumes and describe dewatering schemes
  3. apply groundwater models to estimate the volumes of groundwater influxes
  4. calculate water balances of a mine
  5. describe water management systems at a mine
  6. describe the risks associated with groundwater influxes and dewatering, and perform risk assessments
  7. apply hydrology field techniques in mines
  8. discuss surface water-groundwater interactions at a mine
  9. interpret the results of basic flood hydrology calculations
  10. explain everyday management of flood levels at a mine.

Lecturers involved
Dr Paul Lourens     
Dr Fanie de Lange     


Elfrieda van den Berg (Marketing Manager)
T: +27 51 401 2531

Dilahlwane Mohono (Faculty Officer)
T: +27 58 718 5284

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