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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Gather data from a basic level geotechnical rock mass monitoring programme 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
254576  Gather data from a basic level geotechnical rock mass monitoring programme 
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 is for persons who obtain and manage data derived from a geotechnical rock mass monitoring programme for excavation design purposes.

Persons credited with this unit standard are able to:
  • Demonstrate knowledge of instrumentation and monitoring systems.
  • Collect, process and ensure integrity of data.
  • Ensure a secure data storage, archiving, back-up and distribution system. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    It is assumed that learners are competent in:
  • Communication and Mathematical Literacy at NQF Level 2. 

  • UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    This unit standard will be applicable to the management of data derived from common types of instrumentation and monitoring systems related to rock deformation, rock stress, support performance, rock mass classification, seismicity, falls of ground and rock burst incidences. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Demonstrate knowledge of instrumentation and monitoring systems. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Commonly used geotechnical instrumentation and monitoring methods are explained in the mining context. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Must include:
  • Measurements of deformation.
  • Displacement.
  • Force and time using tape measures.
  • Force and time using tape measures.
  • Spring balances.
  • Extensometers.
  • Verniers.
  • Load cells.
  • Closure meters.
  • Closure-ride stations.
  • Petroscope.
  • Borehole camera.
  • Ground penetrating radar.
  • Regularly updated to include new technology that becomes common practice.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Units of measurement are confirmed in the context of geotechnical rock mass monitoring. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Must include:
  • Basic S.I. system units of measurement.
  • Milli-, centi-, kilo-, Mega- and Giga-.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Work place entry and safety requirements are explained in terms of legal and operational requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    The importance of personal protective equipment is explained in terms of legal safety and operational requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    The consequences of non-compliance are explained in terms of impact on people, operations and productivity. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Collect, process and ensure integrity of data. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The basic methods and formats of recording data with the various instrumentation systems are described in the context of geotechnical rock mass monitoring. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The importance and purpose of processing, knowing expected data volumes and quality control are explained in the mining context. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The importance of ensuring the integrity of the instrumentation and the data as well as remedial actions is explained in terms of legal and operational requirements. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Ensure a secure data storage, archiving, back-up and distribution system. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The process of securing data, including archiving and backup systems is explained in terms of legal and operational requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The method of distribution and the derivation of a data recipient list are explained in terms of operational requirements. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The consequences of non-compliance with the securing, archiving and backup of the data are explained in terms of legal an operational requirements. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • Anyone assessing a learner or moderating the assessment of a learner against the qualification 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 qualification 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 by 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. Moderation should also encompass achievement of the competence described in the associated unit standards.
  • Anyone wishing to be assessed against this qualification 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 
    The following embedded knowledge is addressed in an integrated way in the unit standard:
  • The ability to familiarise and identify with a monitoring and instrumentation programme.
  • The planning of activities and resources.
  • The methods of acquiring, recording and conveying data will be attained.
  • The need for and importance of communication and interaction with client. 

  • 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 candidate to identify non functioning instrumentation and monitoring systems resulting in poor data quality and taking of appropriate action to notify relevant technical experts. 

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

    Note: The ability and willingness of the candidate to foresee and interpret work requirements. The ability to communicate effectively within and with other external parties and clients. 

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

    Note: The scheduling of readings and maintenance of instrumentation and monitoring programmes requires in-sight of instrument equipment and systems. 

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

    Note: The ability of the candidate to record and present the information from the instrumentation and monitoring programme. 

    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 documentation to present and convey the data for analysis and interpretation. 

    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 and monitoring data base tools 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 ability of the candidate to maintain the integrity of the instrumentation and monitoring systems, the effect of non-compliance or deviation from mine procedures will indicate his/her proficiency in understanding that a specific action, decision or omission taken has more than one effect. 

    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 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.

    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  60369   National Certificate: Strata Control Operations  Level 3  NQF Level 03  Reregistered  2023-06-30  MQA 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
    This information shows the current accreditations (i.e. those not past their accreditation end dates), and is the most complete record available to SAQA as of today. Some Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionaries have a lag in their recording systems for provider accreditation, in turn leading to a lag in notifying SAQA of all the providers that they have accredited to offer qualifications and unit standards, as well as any extensions to accreditation end dates. The relevant Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionary should be notified if a record appears to be missing from here.
     
    1. ANGLOGOLD ASHANTI LTD (V/R) 
    2. DIGGERS TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT SERVICES 
    3. GEOSTRAT TRAINING 
    4. KHUTALA MINING SERVICES PL 
    5. PALABORA COPPER (PTY) LTD 
    6. SHAFT SINKERS MINING PTY LTD 
    7. SIBANYE GOLD ACADEMY PROPRIETARY LIMITED 
    8. WESTERN PLATINUM MINE 



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