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Mining Engineering Facilities

The Mining Engineering Department is located in Goodwin Hall which provides lecture, laboratory and study facilities.

The on-campus laboratories include a Rock Mechanics laboratory, Mine Environment laboratory, Computer Planning facilities, and several Mineral Processing laboratories. The department also operates an Explosive Test Site in Hinchinbrooke Township, near Kingston.

 

Laboratories are fully equipped for the programs offered. In addition, they include extensive equipment for advanced study and research in the various fields of major interest. The facilities allow undergraduate courses to be conducted in close proximity to graduate study and research. As a result, sound professional practice can be emphasized while the potential for future development is demonstrated.

Explosives Lab
Explosives Lab

Queen's is the only University in Canada which has a well equipped Explosives Test Facility which is located 50 km north of Kingston. The facility includes a bunker equipped with an ultra high speed streak and framing camera, digital oscilloscopes, a portable data acquisition system, VOD monitors, a Hycam high speed camera and two Locam relatively high speed cameras.

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Mineral Processing Lab
Mineral Processing Lab

The Mineral Processing Laboratory includes: sample preparation room, physical and chemical mineral concentration, ferrous and non-ferrous metals and precious metals extraction, wet chemical and instrumental chemical analysis, and gold fire assay.

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Mining Systems Laboratory
Mining Systems Laboratory

Advanced mining technology provides a competitive edge for the Canadian mining industry. The Kostuik Mine-Mechanical and Mining Systems Laboratories provide both undergraduate and graduate students with exposure to state-of-the-art techniques and tools for the maintenance, design, mechanization, and automation of mining equipment and processes.

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Rock Mechanics Lab
Rock Mechanics Lab

In addition to the usual equipment for physical property testing (such as apparent bulk density, point load strength testing and Brazilian indirect tensile strength determination), the rock mechanics laboratory has two compression loading frames; direct shear testing equipment; laboratory sample preparation equipment; and microseismic monitoring systems

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Open Pit Mine Design, Ore Reserves and Grade Control Lab
Open Pit Mine Design, Ore Reserves and Grade Control Lab

There are three computer labs available to all students, with one main teaching lab and two workrooms. Each space has computers outfitted with all the programs students need to complete assignments from Microsoft Office to sophisticated design software such as Surpac, Whittle and Talpac. 

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Ventilation Lab
Ventilation Lab

The laboratory offers the ability to introduce principles and experimental techniques in occupational health and mine ventilation. Principles and techniques involved in dust concentration measurements are introduced and the concentration of mine gases is precisely determined with specialized instrumentation.

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