Mining Surveyor

A specialist in geodesic measurements, prospecting for economic mineral deposits, and the construction of mining facilities and underground structures.

History of the Profession 

The mining surveyor profession appeared as the unique response of the artisan-surveyors to the fledgling mining industrys requirements in the area of locating, reporting on, and directing tunnelling and mining works. However, it was only at the beginning of the 16th century that a dedicated service was developed to supply underground mining with comprehensive geometric measurements to orientate the tunnelling in the shaft with the situation on the surface. The artisan-surveyor began to be known as a mining surveyor. The first references to mining surveyors in Russia appear at the time of Peter The Great, when the tasks and responsibilities of the mining surveyor were specified. The profession was newly defined and modernised at the start of the 20th century, during the period of intense growth in the national economy and the industrialisation of the country.

The Mining Surveyor Today

Metalloinvest entrusts its mining surveyors with the compliance with all the parameters of the process of mining mineral deposits: schematics of areas of the open pit, spoil heaps, the relief displayed in contours, mining and earth removal, measurements and calculation of mined quantities of mineral deposits, and the remaining material at the mining faces and in open-pit stores. Further to this, the mining surveyor checks the quality of the mined layer of deposit-rich earth, directs the mining, and ensures that it is carried out correctly, as well as provides field documentation and calculations.

Knowledge and Skills

Further to knowledge gained during education it is crucial to be able to confidently use the appropriate equipment and the specialised computer software in order to be a successful mining surveyor. It is also required that a mining surveyor can perfectly understand blueprints, because the information from geometrical surveys is synthesised graphically in the mining documentation. The mining surveyor constantly contrasts and compares the graphic representation of objects on plans and blueprints with their objective embodiment in the real, ever-changing world. For this reason he must also possess a developed spatial perception and imagination.

Personal Qualities

The work of a mining surveyor demands physical endurance and health, in so much as the job involves constant movement on foot. The profession of mining surveyor will appeal to someone active, who works meticulously, and has exceptional attention to detail.
A mining surveyor must be very analytical, observant, and resourceful. Regardless of modern measuring technology, the mining surveyor must be a good judge of distance, a skill, which will improve on the job.


The mining surveyor possess large reservoirs of knowledge, including knowledge in other disciplines, promising the prospect of career development and ensuring job rotation within the Company.

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