This course explains important steps in the process of open pit mine design. It reviews and discusses the principles of mine planning and design with plenty of examples and practices.
The course begins by defining strategic mine planning and discusses its importance to mining projects. It demonstrates how, by using strategic mine planning techniques, it’s possible to uncover the opportunities and risks within the different stages of developing a mining project.
Open pit mine design techniques are introduced and the Lerchs-Grossmann (LG) pit optimization algorithm is explained. The input parameters and constraints for mine design are explained and their impacts on the economic outcome of the mine are also discussed. Additional concepts introduced are mill production rate determination, mine production scheduling, and NPV optimization. Most of the topics include case studies and examples of real life projects. To further develop understanding of mine design concepts, a set of practice examples will be worked through in class, so please bring your laptop to class.
Introduce the principles of pit optimization and mine planning for those who are involved in the process of making decisions about mining projects.
Become familiar with the procedures, terms, conditions, limits, and critical inputs of mine design.
Help readers of technical reports and investors better understand and interpret mine design reports.
Discuss key mine design terms and concepts (e.g., best case, worst case, base case, cut-off and cut-over grade, strip ratio, metal equivalent, and dilution).
Review and discuss certain mine design techniques (e.g., LG algorithm and production scheduling).
Who should attend?
Engineers involved in mining projects
Managers of exploration and mining companies
Bankers, financial professionals, and investors
Project managers who are not familiar with mine design
Note: Please bring a laptop with Excel as participants will be doing some calculations.
Dr. Anoush B. Ebrahimi, P.Eng. – Principal Consultant, SRK Consulting (Canada) Inc.
Dr. Anoush Ebrahimi, principal consultant at SRK Consulting (Canada) Inc., is a mining engineer who has worked in open pit mines, consulting companies, software developer, and universities. Anoush has 23 years of experience in mine planning and design. He has designed multiple open pit mines, small and large, in Canada and abroad including copper, gold, molybdenum, poly metals, coal, manganese, phosphate, bauxite, and oil sands. He has worked on mining projects in various stages from conceptual studies to construction. Dr. Anoush Ebrahimi is also an adjunct professor at the University of British Columbia, an instructor at British Columbia Institute of Technology, and a director of CIM Vancouver.