Exploitation Methods of Georesources

Academic year
Subject Area
Language of Instruction
Mode of Delivery
ECTS Credits
2nd Cycle Studies - Mestrado

Recommended Prerequisites

Basic knowledge of Geosciences.

Teaching Methods

Theoretical: using audiovisual means to facilitate the understanding of concepts, models and methodologies. Students will participate in lectures, through its intervention or, occasionally, by presenting subjects within the discipline syllabus.
Practical: application of theoretical knowledge to practical cases, by solving problems.
Practices and Laboratory: Quarry and Mining Projects and other educational materials related to the discipline. Use of laboratory equipment and analysis of results. Tutorial support

Learning Outcomes

The course aims to:

A. Realize the importance of national legislation on operations in the extractive industry.

B. Acquire knowledge of sustainable systems in mines and quarries, in underground and open pit, taking into account technical constraints, environmental and health and safety at work.
C. Understand the operations of national and international markets of mineral resources, and its importance to economic development.
Skills to developed:

Instrumental: competence in analysis and synthesis, skills to solve problems.

Personal: competence in critical thinking and competence in working in interdisciplinary teams.

Systemic: competence in applying theoretical knowledge in practice, competence in planning and managing, concern for quality, competence in autonomous learning.  

Work Placement(s)



1. Concepts of mineral deposits. The Portuguese mining industry.

2. The importance of mineral resources. Valuation of geological resources: prospecting, exploration, reconnaissance, exploitation, improvement and marketing.

3. Quarry Project and Mining Project: planning and development of a project in the area of ​​the mineral industry. The implementation and control of a project. Activities of a project. Planning methods and activities schedule. Applicable law.

4. Main operations in geological resources exploitation: Compressed air, drilling, drainage and sewage, explosives, loading and removal. Comparison between different types of loading and haulage equipment. Technical and cost analysis.

5. Operating methods: underground and open pit.

6. Exploration of ornamental stone and industrial rocks.

7. Environmental impact caused by mining, mitigating measures. Health and safety in the mining industry.

Head Lecturer(s)

Fernando Pedro Ortega de Oliveira Figueiredo

Assessment Methods

Report of a seminar or field trip: 20.0%
Exam: 80.0%


Atlas Copco (1990) - Atlas Copco Manual
Couto, R.T.S. (1984) - Lavra a céu aberto e equipamentos principais. Universidade do Porto.
Daniel, F. (1999) - Manual de utilização de explosivos a céu aberto. Ministério da Economia, IGM
Gentry, D. W. e Neil, T. J. (1984)- Mine Investment analysis. SME
Esteves, J. M. (1978) - Control of vibrations caused by blasting. Memória n.º 498 LNEC
European Commission, Enterprise and Industry (2010) - Critical raw materials for the EU - Report of the Ad-hoc Working Group on defining critical raw materials.
Figueiredo, F. O (2014) Power Point slides presentations from de classroom lessons.
Hartman, H e Mutmansky, J.M (2002) – Introductory Mining Engineering. JWS
Langefors, U. e Kihlström, B. (1963) - The modern technique of rock blasting. JWS
Legislação Portuguesa, Decretos- Lei 90/90, 88/90, 340/07, 376/84 e 162/90, 168/90, 137/90, 324/95 e 544/90.
Ortiz de Urbina, F.P. (1994) - Fundamentos de Laboreo de Minas. ETS Ingenieros de Minas