Stochastic Mine Design

Industries: Mining (Gold)

Orebody geological uncertainty has a significant impact on the real value of a mining project. A stochastic mine optimization approach was used for designing open pit mines based on geological uncertainty in association with stochastically simulated geological models and traditional optimization. The stochastic approach allowed to develop open pit mine designs that capture maximum upside potential whilst minimizing geological risk.

Location
Sweden
Compagny
Year
2018-2019
Gosselin Mining - stochastic mine planning engineer consult - Sweden

Summary

Orebody geological uncertainty has a significant impact on the real value of a mining project. A stochastic mine optimization approach was used for designing open pit mines based on geological uncertainty in association with stochastically simulated geological models and traditional optimization. The stochastic approach allowed to develop open pit mine designs that capture maximum upside potential whilst minimizing geological risk.

 

Our challenges

During the project some challenges were encountered during the simulated orebody models using sGems software generation phase. After the simulated orebody models were validated then it was fairly straightforward to import in the stochastic optimizer software and undertake stochastic mine scheduling. A lot of attention was put onto guiding the stochastic optimizer to creating feasible life-of-mine production sequences. Analyzing and visualizing the simulated orebody models risk profiles and mine scheduling increased the understanding of how geological risk is accounted for.

Our solutions

Integrating geological uncertainty into life-of-mine pit optimization resulted in higher values in the mine schedule production planning and lower geological risk over the life-of-mine. The pre-study confirmed that it is possible to achieve a higher value life-of-mine plan using stochastic optimization approach versus the conventional scheduling methods.

 

Project highlights

Our mining experts managed this project within the deadline and to the satisfaction of the client.

  • Stochastic Mine Planning
  • Open Pit Mine Engineering
  • Mining Softwares

More information about this project is available at the Swedish Governmental Agency for Innovation Systems (Vinnova) project database: Stochasctic Mine Design

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