The main directions of the mining department research activities are as follows:

Open pit mining

• Mining methods
• Open pit and dump walls slope
• Loss and dilution
• Reclaiming
• Handling and transport operations

Determination of processing plants’ tailings safe exploitation parameters

• Laboratory research of tailings physical-mechanical properties
• Tailing dam stability evaluation and calculation
• Study of tailings allocation on flush beach

Nondestructive test of condition of engineering facilities supporting frames 

• Nondestructive test of condition and determination of residual resistance of metallic frames of heavy mining equipment
• Nondestructive test and determination of actual residual resistance of concrete lining of permanent mine workings
• Acoustic emission monitoring of condition and determination of bearing capacity of cranches and rooms ceilings when using underground mining methods
• Monitoring and determination of rock destruction stages by acoustic emission diagnostics

Undergrоund mining 

• Selection and justification of overburden method
• Determination of underground mining improved field development system and its justification parameters
• Development of guidelines for underground ore mining losses and dilution
• Selection and application of necessary equipment for underground structure and mines construction and exploitation
• Selection of backfill material composition, selection and implementation of backfill hardening electroactivation method
• Development and organization of explosives production
• Justification and development of mining methods for different type of orebodies
• Ore and rock stability еvaluation at the site
• Development of new types of underground opening timberings

Activities

Mining Department has conducted the following main research activities:

Regarding the Kapan deposit:
• Optimization of blasting system and breast parameters
• Organization of ore mass breaking from pit pillar
• Reworking of the deposit
• Development of mining methods for bottom lifts.

Regarding the Shahumyan deposit:
• Technological solutions for the deposit development.

Regarding the Aghtala and Shamlugh deposits:
• Optimization of qualitative variables and norms of mined ore.

Regarding the Alaverdi deposit:
• Development of ore borehole mining.

Regarding the Azatek deposit:
• Development of new types of lining.

Regarding the Sotk deposit:
• Evaluation of ore and rock stability.
• Selection and justification of mining methods.
• Equipment selection and installation.
• Selection of backfill material composition.
• Selection and implementation of backfill hardening electroactivation method.
• Optimization of mining methods for different type of ore bodies.

Regarding the Meghradzor deposit:
• Evaluation of ore and rock stability.
• Selection, justification and development of mining methods.

Regarding the Drmbon deposit:
• Evaluation of possibilities of different mining methods application.

Regarding the Paraqar deposit:
• Development and justification of process flowsheet for mining operations.