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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Draw mining engineering related plans, sections and projections 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
256861  Draw mining engineering related plans, sections and projections 
ORIGINATOR
SGB Mining and Minerals 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 06 - Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology Fabrication and Extraction 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 4  NQF Level 04 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Reregistered  2018-07-01  2023-06-30  SAQA 06120/18 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2024-06-30   2027-06-30  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This unit standard does not replace any other unit standard and is not replaced by any other unit standard. 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
This unit standard will be useful to people who are pursuing a career in rock engineering.

This unit standard is intended to promote general skills, knowledge and understanding of drawing basic plans, sections and projections in the mining and minerals sector in order to ensure knowledgeable and informed workers.

People credited with this unit standard are able to:
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the components of a plan.
  • Prepare for plan drawing.
  • Draw plan.
  • Draw sections and projections. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that learners are already competent in:
  • Communication and Mathematical literacy at NQF Level 3. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Demonstrate understanding of the components of a plan. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The relationship between plan scale and horizontal distance on the ground is provided in the context of mining operations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The contouring interval used is related to the purpose for producing the plan in the mining engineering context. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The description of regulated survey information and symbols used on plans is provided in the mining engineering context. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Description must include:
  • True and magnetic north.
  • Grid lines and coordinates.
  • Trig, spot and peg positions and elevations.
  • Datum.
  • Scale.
  • Lines of projection.
  • Surface topography.
  • Legend.
  • Colours.
  • Outlines of excavations relevant to purpose of the plan.
  • Names of surface and/or underground infrastructure used for referencing.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The description of conventional symbols used to depict geological outcrops is provided in the mining engineering context. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Description must include:
  • Horizontal strata.
  • Vertical strata.
  • Dip and dip direction.
  • Overturned strata.
  • Contorted dip.
  • Anticline and syncline.
  • Anticlinal and synclinal axis.
  • Faults and joints.
  • Intrusives and extrusives.
  • Domes.
  • Potholes and slumps.
  • Borehole positions and elevations.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The uses for equal elevation and equal thickness plans and sections are provided in the context of rock mechanics. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Consequences must include:
  • Identification of release surfaces.
  • Calculation of driving and resisting forces.
  • Determination of unstable or stable shapes.
  • Determination of beam thickness.
     

  • SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Prepare for plan drawing. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The purpose for which the plan is intended is known and understood in the context of mining engineering. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Purpose must include:
  • Geotechnical and geological information.
  • Engineering drawings.
  • Excavation profiles.
  • Isopachs.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Knowledge of the electronic systems used to capture plans is provided in the context of mining engineering. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Must include:
  • Cadsmine.
  • Surpac.
  • Surfer.
  • Autocad.
  • Microstation.
  • Datamine.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The appropriate tools for drawing the plan are available and their working condition checked in terms of legal and operational requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Tools must include:
  • Scale rule.
  • Compass.
  • Protractor.
  • Set square.
  • Divider.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Information to be represented on the plan is well referenced and presented in a manner that allows easy and efficient transfer of data. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Draw plan. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Information is transferred from recording sheets to the plan using specified methods and formats. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Must include:
  • Nomenclature.
  • Symbols.
  • Colours.
  • Correct locations for symbols.
  • Correct line types and thickness.
  • Legend.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The position of lines for drawing sections from the plan are annotated and appropriately referenced in the context of mining engineering. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The consequences of inaccurate construction of the plan are explained in terms of legal and operational requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The completed plans are referenced and filed in accordance with specified requirements. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Draw sections and projections. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The techniques used for transferring plan information onto section and projection lines are demonstrated in the mining engineering context. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The methods used to solve simple geological structural problems using constructed sections are explained in the mining engineering context. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Methods must include:
  • Throw (vertical component of net slip).
  • Vertical stratigraphic throw.
  • Stratigraphic throw of separation.
  • Rake.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The use of sections in aiding two dimensional stability analyses is explained In the mining engineering context. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The consequences of inaccurate construction of sections and projections are explained in terms of legal and operational requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Consequences must include those related to:
  • Inaccurate knowledge of positions of planes of interest.
  • Over or under estimates of forces.
     


  • UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing a learner or moderating the assessment of a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant Education, Training, Quality, Assurance (ETQA) Body, or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable the achievement of this unit standard must be accredited as a provider with the relevant Education, Training, Quality, Assurance (ETQA) Body, or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA.
  • Assessment and moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant Education, Training, Quality, Assurance (ETQA) Body, or with an ETQA that has a Memorandum of Understanding with the relevant ETQA, according to the ETQA's policies and guidelines for assessment and moderation.
  • Moderation must include both internal and external moderation of assessments, unless ETQA policies specify otherwise.
  • Anyone wishing to be assessed against this unit standard may apply to be assessed by any assessment agency, assessor or provider institution that is accredited by the relevant ETQA. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    Knowledge that the assessor will evaluate:
  • Relationship between plan scale and horizontal distance on the ground.
  • The contouring interval used is related to the purpose for producing the plan.
  • Regulated survey information and symbols used on plans.
  • A description of conventional symbols used to depict geological outcrops.
  • The uses for equal elevation and equal thickness plans and sections in basic rock mechanics.

    Processes and events:
  • Prepare for plan drawing.
  • Draw plan.
  • Draw sections and projections.

    Causes and effects (Occupational Health and Safety):
  • Adherence to occupational health and safety requirements.
  • Work related hazards and associated risks.

    Regulations, legislation, agreements, policies and standards:
  • Occupational health, safety and environmental legislation and regulations.
  • Quality policies, standards and agreements. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as members of a team, group, organisation or community.

    Note: The ability and willingness of the learner to explain the methods employed to record and transfer data to plans for multidisciplinary use. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    Organise and manage themselves and their activities responsibly and effectively.

    Note: The ability of the learner to source equipment, prepare and systematically conduct the tasks required to prepare a plan. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information.

    Note: The ability of the learner to record the observations and transfer it onto a plan. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others.

    Note: The use of science and technology is promoted through the understanding of improved ways to catalogue data relevant to mine design and thus safety. 

    UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    N/A 

    REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    Terminology:

    Specified Requirements:

    Specified requirements include legal and site-specific requirements and are contained in one or more of the following documents:

    Legal:
  • Relevant Acts: e.g. Mine Health & Safety Act and Regulations,1996 (Act 29/1996), and Minerals Act and Regulations, 1991 (Act 50/1991).
  • Mandatory Codes of Practice.
  • SANS and other relevant Standards.
  • Chief Inspector of Mines' Directives/Instructions.
  • Guidelines issued by the Chief Inspector of Mines.

    Site-specific:
  • Hazard Identification and Risk Assessments (HIRA).
  • Occupational Health and Safety Risk Management Programme.
  • Managerial Instructions.
  • Mine Standard Procedures.
  • List of Recorded OH&S Risks.
  • Working Guides.
  • Equipment and Materials Specifications. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  62796   Further Education and Training Certificate: Strata Control Operations  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MQA 


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