November 2017

The Steps of Open Pit Mine Design

Status: This seminar has been cancelled due to low registration.
Date: Friday, November 24, 2017
Time: 8:00 AM-8:30 AM: Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 AM-4:30 PM: The Steps in Open Pit Mine Design
Location: Vancouver, BC
Presenter: Dr. Anoush B. Ebrahimi, P.Eng.,
SRK Consulting
Credit: 7 Formal Professional Development Hours (PDH)
Cost: Early Bird Price Engineers and Geoscientists BC Member: $399.00 + GST = $418.95 until Nov 17, 2017

Engineers and Geoscientists BC Member and EIT/GIT Regular Price: $459.00 + GST = $481.95

Non-Member Price: $459.00 + GST = $481.95

Student Member Price: $229.50 + GST = $240.98
Please Note: *A minimum number of registrations are needed by November 17, 2017 to proceed with this seminar. Please register early to avoid cancellation.
**All prices are subject to applicable taxes.
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Note: Participants should bring a laptop with them to the seminar
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.

Seminar Description

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.


This course will help you and your team achieve the following objectives:

  • 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 and geologists involved in mining projects.
  • Managers and directors of exploration and mining companies.
  • Bankers, financial professionals, and investors.
  • Project managers who are not familiar with mine design.


Dr. Anoush Ebrahimi, P.Eng.
SRK Consulting

Anoush Ebrahimi is a mining engineer who has worked for open pit mines, consulting companies, and universities. Anoush has more than 25 years of experience in mine planning and design and has designed multiple small and large open pit mines in Canada and abroad, including copper, gold, molybdenum, poly metal, coal, manganese, phosphate, bauxite, and oil sand projects. He has worked on mining projects from conceptual studies through to construction. Anoush specializes in strategic mine planning, mine evaluation, open pit optimization and design, production scheduling, mine layout optimization, mine simulation, and computer modelling.

Dr. Ebrahimi is an adjunct professor at the University of British Columbia.

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