Hexagon’s mining division has partnered with the Department of Mining and Geological Engineering to develop Mining 4.E, a seven-week online course designed to teach students about new technologies in mining.
Mining 4.E will teach students about "the complete mining cycle," which includes ore discovery and reclamation, as well as safety, planning and the newest technologies advancing the mining industry. As the course is online, students will also be able to attend virtual field trips, watch video lectures and participate in "e-interviews" with mining professionals.
“Students can expect to achieve a solid understanding of the mining cycle and its associated steps, including ore deposits, mine valuation and economics, planning and design, operations, and safety and risk management," said John Kemeny, professor and former head of MGE in a recent article in International Mining. “All of this will be presented through a 4.0 lens for context and perspective on the industry’s direction.”
"Industry 4.0," refers to the industry's shift toward automation. Mining 4.E provides education about related technological trends, such as machine learning, the Internet of Things, 3D simulations and artificial intelligence.
The first Mining 4.E class will be offered to Hexagon employees this spring, before later being offered to the public through open enrollment.