GEOTECHNICAL DESIGN OF THE ROBY PIT, LAC DES ILES MINE

CIM MineSpace 2001
Abstract North American Palladium is the owner/operator of the Lac des Iles mine located 115 km north of Thunder Bay, Ontario. The mine has produced an average of 65,000 ounces of palladium since 1994.

Lac des Iles is currently undergoing the first phase of a major expansion that will increase ore production from 2,400 tons per day to 15,000 tons per day. A future expansion is being contemplated for 30,000 tons per day. The current expansion will increase palladium output to 250,000 ounces per year. The mine plan for the ultimate pit results in an excavation 1 km long by 800 m wide and over 450 m deep. This makes the ultimate pit at Lac des Iles one of the ten deepest open pits in the world, and the largest in Canada.

This paper outlines the geotechnical data collection and design methodology for the ultimate open pit at Lac des Iles.

Keywords: Open pit, geotechnical, pit slope
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