Auxiliary ventilation is required to dilute the fumes from blasting and diesel exhaust to a safe concentration required to maintain acceptable working conditions and to replace the oxygen used up by the workers and diesel equipment. It is also required control airborne dust and to control the temperature and humidity of the air in the working area.

The purpose of the course is to provide mining operations with the basic tools for the day-to-day planning, design, installation, maintenance, and effective operation and monitoring of an auxiliary mine ventilation system.

Who Should Attend?

The target audience for this course includes technologists, mine operators and engineers who are involved in the design, management and day-to-day operation of auxiliary mine ventilation systems.


This intensive workshop is designed to provide comprehensive training on auxiliary mine ventilation operation, planning and design as an integral part of day-to-day production. The first day is designed to familiarize the participant with standard techniques utilized in duct ventilation design and operation. Reference to case studies is made to demonstrate examples of good practice. The second day is dedicated to field testing of a duct system installation in an operating mine, including visual inspection, airflow and pressure surveys and air quality checks. The collected information will be used to develop detailed evaluation of the performance of the auxiliary ventilation installation and to provide solutions for improvements.

Participants are encouraged to bring along auxiliary ventilation technical material from their mining operation. This material is used in informal discussions that invariably turn out to be one of the most interesting aspects of the course. Participants are also encouraged to bring any specific problems to be solved during ventilation design sessions.


  • regulations relating to auxiliary ventilation;
  • ventilation requirements in headings;
  • air volume requirements;
  • auxiliary ventilation system sizing and design;
  • fan and duct selection;
  • auxiliary ventilation installation practices;
  • system maintenance, duct repair;
  • ventilation checks and ventilation surveys;
  • management and operation of auxiliary ventilation systems.

 Course Fee

If you are interested in having a ventilation training course held at your mine site and would like to receive a detailed quotation, please contact AirFinders.


The course is normally limited to 10 participants, depending on the number of company sponsors. This maximizes one-to-one interactions and facilitates the field demonstrations and field data assessment.


The agenda depends on the course length. Courses are normally scheduled for 2 days. Classes normally follow the company’s shift period with breaks for lunch and refreshments. One half-day session (second day) is used for a survey of an auxiliary ventilation system at the mine and one half-day session is dedicated to assessing the field survey data and finding solutions for system improvements.