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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Implement a rock engineering instrumentation programme for strata control 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
256867  Implement a rock engineering instrumentation programme for strata control 
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 3  NQF Level 03 
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 responsible for the implementation of a Rock Engineering instrumentation programme.

People credited with this unit standard are able to:
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the purpose of the instrumentation programme.
  • Establish and coordinate preparation of the instrumentation site.
  • Install instruments.
  • Retrieve data from instruments. 

  • 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 2. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    N/A 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the purpose of the instrumentation programme. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The reasons for implementing a programme of instrumentation are provided in terms of specified requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
  • Rock mass deformation.
  • Rock mass local and regional stress.
  • Support performance.
  • High risk areas.
  • Derivation of rock mass properties.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The types of instruments available for the desired purpose of the programme are described in terms of legal and operational requirements. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
  • Closure/ride meters.
  • Wire and magnesonic extensometers.
  • Theodolites.
  • Tape.
  • Verniers.
  • Load cells.
  • Borehole cameras.
  • Levelling devices.
  • Tilt meters.
  • Petroscopes.
  • Step meters.
  • Ground motion sensors.
  • Geophones.
  • Accelerometers.
  • Strain gauges.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The proper operation of the instruments is described in terms of operational requirements and manufacturers recommendations. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The methods used to test and calibrate instruments is described in terms of operational requirements and manufacturers recommendations. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Establish and coordinate preparation of the instrumentation site. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The location of the site and the positions for instruments is known and ensured to be in accordance with requirements scoped for the programme of instrumentation. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The relevant personnel responsible for site preparation and the implementation of the instrumentation programme are informed effectively and timeously. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The preparation of the site is conducted in accordance with the requirements for the instrumentation programme and mine specifications. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Install instruments. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The required personal protective equipment is selected, examined and used in a way that is consistent with its purpose, design and specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    All tools, material and equipment required for the installation are selected, examined and ensured to be ready for use according to mine specific requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The transportation of tools, material and equipment is conducted in accordance with mine specific requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The work place is examined for substandard conditions and hazards in accordance with the relevant procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Hazards and risks encountered are dealt with in accordance with specified requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 6 
    The consequences of inadequate preparation to install instruments are described in terms of the potential effect on safety, health, equipment and production. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 7 
    The instruments are checked for operability and effectiveness timeously and in accordance with operational requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 8 
    Instruments are installed in predefined positions according to defined specifications and procedures. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Retrieve data from instruments. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Data is retrieved from instruments at intervals established during the design of the instrumentation programme. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Data is recorded and reported in accordance with predefined specifications. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The data is provided to relevant personnel effectively and timeously in accordance with operational requirements. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing a learner against this unit standard must be registered as an assessor with the relevant ETQA.
  • Any institution offering learning that will enable achievement of this unit standard must be accredited as a provider through the relevant ETQA by SAQA.
  • Moderation of assessment will be overseen by the relevant ETQA according to the moderation guidelines and the agreed ETQA procedures. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    The following embedded knowledge is addressed in an integrated way in the unit standard:

    Knowledge relating to rock engineering instrumentation:
  • Purpose of rock engineering instrumentation programme.
  • Instrumentation programme principles and methods.
  • Typical equipment used and their applications.
  • Relevant terminology.
  • Possible non-conformances, their consequences and mitigating actions.

    Occupational Health, Safety and Environmental Issues:
  • Significant occupational hazards and risks related to rock engineering instrumentation, their consequences and mitigating actions.
  • PPE requirements and the reason for each.
  • Impact on the environment and mitigating actions.
  • Emergency procedures.

    Applicable statutory requirements:
  • Relevant clauses from applicable acts and regulations.
  • Codes of practice.
  • Competency requirements and restrictions of personnel implementing rock engineering instrumentation programme.

    Communication:
  • Reporting requirements and ability.
  • Communicating with relevant personnel.
  • Liaison with associated operations and personnel. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    Identify and solve problems and make decisions using critical and creative thinking.

    Note: The ability of the learner to identify instrumentation and monitoring requirements and techniques. 

    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 foresee and interpret work requirements and to give instructions correctly. 

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

    Note: The coordination of site and instrument preparation. 

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

    Note: The ability of the learner to reconcile the information from the implementation of an instrumentation programme relative to set schedules and standards. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively, using visual, mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written presentations.

    Note: The appropriate use of data capture techniques and communication of the results. 

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

    Note: The use of electronic and mechanised state-of-the-art instrumentation, monitoring, planning and databases, indicates effective application of science and technology. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by recognising that problem-solving contexts do not exist in isolation.

    Note: The purpose of the instrumentation programme and the positive effect the programme will have on 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, 1996 (Act no 29/1996), and Minerals Act and Regulations, 1991 (Act no 50/1991).
  • Mandatory Codes of Practice.
  • SANS and other relevant Standards.
  • Chief Inspector of Mines' Directives.

    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
    Elective  62796   Further Education and Training Certificate: Strata Control Operations  Level 4  NQF Level 04  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MQA 


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