The complexity and uncertainty involved in Mine Planning and Design

  • Sammy Ombiro Department of Mining, Material and Petroleum Engineering, JKUAT
  • D. M. Akisa Department of Mining, Material and Petroleum Engineering, JKUAT

Abstract

Despite the technological advancements in the miningindustry, the process of mine planning and design is still complex. Inaddition, mining has been and is still considered as one of the riskiestindustries to invest in. These are due to the fact that it (mining) isassociated with enormous uncertainties. That is, it is almostimpossible to know the exact parameters of mineral deposits(mineralized zones) and the characteristics of the rocks that host theore deposit before the actual mining is started. Even if mining hasstarted, it is not easy to estimate the exact extends of a mineraldeposit and its associated parameters. This means that designing andplanning of mining activities and operations is based on estimatedparameters rather the actual ones. This research paper reviews thesecomplexities and uncertainties.
Published
Jul 27, 2016
How to Cite
OMBIRO, Sammy; AKISA, D. M.. The complexity and uncertainty involved in Mine Planning and Design. Proceedings of Sustainable Research and Innovation Conference, [S.l.], p. 250-252, july 2016. ISSN 2079-6226. Available at: <http://sri.jkuat.ac.ke/ojs/index.php/proceedings/article/view/463>. Date accessed: 23 nov. 2017.

Keywords

Mine planning and design; geological model; drilling; uncertainties; parameters