The recent full-time rock mechanics course offered for the Chamber of Mines Rock Mechanics Paper 1 exam garnered praise from the candidates who took advantage of this opportunity.
[body copy] Candidates of the Chamber of Mines Ticket have particularly struggled with the Paper 1 section. This is what prompted the decision to offer a "full-time" course of 20 lecture days to cover in detail the work required for Paper 1.
The course was held at the Gold Fields Academy on Goldfields KDC Mine Complex. Accommodation was available to those who travelled from remote mining districts. The presenters of the course were Johan Hanekom, Jannie Maritz, Trevor Rangasamy and Duncan Adams.
Initially, the number of candidates was capped at 25, but the interest was so great that 27 candidates were accepted for the course.
Feedback from candidates was generally very positive. After writing the exam, a number of candidates said how much the course helped them.
The cost of the course was R19 000 for the lecture programme. Those needing accommodation paid less than R6 000 extra.
This course followed the development of learning material, which was prompted by the lack of Rock Mechanics qualified personnel in the industry and the low number of people that qualify each time the Chamber of Mines Rock Mechanics Ticket exam is written.
The Rock Engineering Technical Committee of the Chamber of Mines arranged for Johan Hanekom to scrutinise the syllabi for Papers 1, 2 and 3 of the Chamber of Mines Certificate and then write a textbook aligned to the syllabi.
The material for Paper 1 is available free, in electronic format, on the Sanire website, thanks to financial support from the Mining Qualifications Authority. The other two sections are being edited and will be available soon.