Mine plowing

Adilson Curi

Mine plowing presents in a didactic way the foundations of open pit mining and underground mining. It contains the basic concepts, technical details on the mining methods and the application of new technologies in mining operations.


A work full of illustrations, examples and exercises proposed, it is finished with a flourish in Chapter 9, with a methodology for selecting the most suitable mining method for a particular pit.


It is a fundamental textbook for students of Mining Engineering, Geology and Geological Engineering, and reference work for Civil Engineering, particularly Geotechnical Engineering and Environmental Engineering assessments.


Original title
Lavra de minas
Year of publication

About the authors

Adilson Curi

Adilson Curi holds a PhD in Mining Engineering from Technical University of Lisbon and a Master’s degree in Metallurgical and Mining Engineering from Federal University of Minas Gerais (UFMG).


I met Professor Adilson on a festive day in the year of 2010 in my hometown, Ayacucho. Ayacucho is a beautiful historic city embedded in the Peruvian Andes and derived from the Spanish colonization and the consequent exploitation of the underground mines of gold and silver. On that day, the traditional parade for the mining students took place in this city. In this theatrical parade, the everyday life of the Peruvian miners is represented, and each group of students, that represents a school or a class, makes a performance. It is an interesting and unique regional cultural event that makes mining and the local community interact, of which I also participated as a student of Mining Engineering at the three-hundredth San Cristóbal of Huamanga University. Still on that day, in parallel with this parade, as a representative of Portugal, since I was a professor at the Technical University of Lisbon, I managed the Ibero-American Network for Underground Environment and Sustainability, which had been installed that year. This network lasted four years and enabled the exchange of experience among various technicians, teachers and mine engineers from Ibero-American countries in the mining sector.
Professor Adilson coordinated the Brazilian team in the network and that day, as I said, we met. Coincidentally, Professor Adilson and I completed the PhD course in Mining Engineering at the same institution, Technical University of Lisbon, both under the guidance of the illustrious PhD Professor Carlos Dinis da Gama. From then on and during the next four years, the network prospered and several works related to mining were developed, culminating with my definitive trip to Brazil in 2011 to teach mining, initially at the Federal University of Goiás and then at the Federal University of Minas Gerais. In 2015, I was finally hired as a researcher at the Instituto Tecnológico Vale (ITV-Vale) to lead the mine development area. In ITV-Vale, in Ouro Preto, we have developed several research projects related to mining, and in the meantime the partnership with the School of Mines of the Federal University of Ouro Preto has narrowed, where Professor Adilson has been working for several years.
Therefore, as for the work that is presented here, I can attest that it will be very useful to all those interested in the art of mining, as it highlights the essential elements of mining both open and underground. The book of Professor Adilson discusses mining methodologies and selection criteria, unit cycle analysis, stability of rock masses, and includes the resolution of practical exercises, making a brilliant contribution to technicians, engineers and students in the fascinating field of mining.

PhD Professor and Mine Engineer Vidal Navarro Torres
Researcher at ITV-Vale
Ouro Preto, July of 2016