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SurveyorMine surveyors are responsible for maintaining an accurate plan of the mine as a whole and will update maps of the surface layout to account for new buildings and other structures, as well as surveying the underground mine workings in order to keep a record of the mining operation.



More importantly, the surveyor is involved in the measuring process to calculate ore production, in volume or mass units, from the mining operation. In addition to this, the volume of the dumps of waste accumulating on the surface of the mining property will also be surveyed. This aspect of the work has turned the mine surveyor into a manager of the ‘resources’ of the mine.

Since valuable minerals occur in a variety of concentrations in the ore, the resource manager, in cooperation with the geologist, is responsible for dividing up the ore body into blocks where the average grades of the ore are known. This allows the mining engineer to decide which blocks are economical to extract and which are not. As a result of this information a plan for the extraction of a blended mixture of low and high grade ores can be made. This planning ensures that the mining process is prolonged, the removal of ore is optimised and the metallurgical processing plant, which will not work well if there are large grade variations, is able to operate at consistently high levels of efficiency.

The Mine Surveyor is therefore one of the key contributors to the welfare of the mining industry.surveyors are responsible for maintaining an accurate plan of the mine as a whole and will update maps of the surface layout to account for new buildings and other structures, as well as surveying the underground mine workings in order to keep a record of the mining operation.

More importantly, the surveyor is involved in the measuring process to calculate ore production, in volume or mass units, from the mining operation. In addition to this, the volume of the dumps of waste accumulating on the surface of the mining property will also be surveyed. This aspect of the work has turned the mine surveyor into a manager of the ‘resources’ of the mine.

Scholarship Fund

The Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy established a Scholarship Trust Fund for students in Mining and Metallurgy at South African tertiary educational Institutions in 2003. The fund holds some reserves for future years in order to smooth the flow of monies to the Institutions. Considerable funding has come from the SAIMM itself as it has contributed R220 000 each year; but significant funds have also been donated by individuals in the minerals and metals industry or by the smaller companies operating in the industry.
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