Survey on the requirements of computer training for the coal industry in Canada

CIM Bulletin, Vol. 79, No. 891, 1986

B.M. DAS, Research Scientist, CANMET/Federal Department of Energy, Mines and Resources, Calgary, Alberta, and D.B. CROSS , Senior Minerals Geologist, Suncor Inc., Resources Group, Calgary, Alberta

In June 1983, the Computer Applications and Process Control Committee (CAPC) of the Canadian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (CIM) circulated a questionnaire to coal mining, exploration and consulting companies in Canada to determine the industry's level of interest in holding a workshop-style meeting to introduce company personnel to "state-of-the-art" computer systems designed to carry out specific technical and management functions. It was necessary to conduct the survey to determine the specific fields of application and the nature of training which are of most interest. Almost universally,  the companies expressed interest in computer workshops and training for applications in the Canadian coal industry. The survey showed that all categories of personnel felt the need for some sort of training. Areas of specific interest identified were: exploration and geology, mine design, reserve calculations, coal mining technology, coal preparation, rock mechanics, ventilation, financial planning, and process simulation. The details of this survey together with an assessment of the significance of computer applications in the Canadian coal industry are presented in this paper. 
Keywords: Computers, Computer management, Computer training, Coal industry, Surveys, Computer applications.