This course will describe the steps to be taken and highlight the issues to be considered in order to advance exploration projects into production. Course topics include mining method selection (open pit or underground); an introduction to open pit optimization techniques and strategic mine planning; fundamental concepts in mine design (for example cut-off grade, metal equivalent, and dilution); mill production rate determination; and mine production scheduling, stockpiling, and economic analysis.
Case studies and examples of real-life projects will be presented throughout the course.
This course will help you and your team achieve the following objectives:
- Learn how to streamline communication between geologists and mining teams.
- Become familiar with the terms, procedures, conditions, limits and critical inputs of mine design.
- Learn the principles of pit optimization and mine planning.
- Develop a better understanding of, and the ability to interpret, technical mining reports.
- Discuss key mining terms and concepts, for example best case, worst case, base case, cut-off and cut-over grade, strip ratio, metal equivalent, and dilution.
- Understand mine design techniques such as the Lerchs-Grossmann algorithm and production scheduling.
Dr. Anoush B. Ebrahimi, P.Eng. – SRK Consulting
Dr. Anoush Ebrahimi is a mining engineer who has worked in open pit mines, consulting companies, software development and universities. Anoush has 24 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 sand. He has worked in various stages of mining projects from conceptual studies to construction. Some of the mines he designed are in operation now such as the new Endako mines in BC and Gualcamayo in Argentina. Dr. Anoush Ebrahimi is also an adjunct professor at the University of British Columbia and a director of CIM Vancouver branch.