Mining surveyors work in both open cut and underground mines for the coal and minerals mining industries. The mine surveyor will have responsibility for the surface and underground plans of the entire mine site. Activities for an open cut mine may include identification of limits for excavation purposes and marking the drill patterns for blasting. In underground mines the mine surveyor will determine and control the location and direction of tunnels as well as the mapping of all underground tunnels. In both open cut and underground mines, the surveyor will prepare mine plans and calculate the volume of materials moved or minerals mined.
Section 67(6) of The Coal Mining Safety and Health Act 1999 requires that mine plans be prepared annually and certified by a registered surveyor with a mining endorsement.