Mine of the year 2020: Technology and human resources.

Abstract The mine of the year 2020 will need to be based on a new way of mining. It will employ technology in a paradigm that assumes responsibility for sustainable development: taking account not only economic but also ecological and social issues. This will require a holistic approach to mine design and planning, considering all controlling factors and impacts (technical, economic, environmental and social). A national collaborative strategy is required to address the several options that exist for the development and application of 2020 mining technology. Key issues in implementing 2020 mining technology will also relate to human resources, in terms of employment, skills and education. A need exists to proactively prepare for 2020 through development of a comprehensive education and training strategy.
Keywords: Mining technology, Holistic design and planning, Human resources, Education.
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Summary: The ultimate aim of a mine design is to determine the development work involved and resources required by adopting one or more specific alternatives. A part of the process is the production of mining plans/designs, an outline of the amount of work and costs involved as well as a prediction of the revenues expected. The paper aims to examine these aspects of mine design using the computer models developed. These models are capable of designing and performing economic analysis for one or more...
Publication: CIM Bulletin
Author(s): R.R. Tatiya
Keywords: Mine design, Computer modeling, Economic analysis.
Issue: 1023
Volume: 91
Year: 1998
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Summary: Due to the randomness of all factors influencing the sintering operation, a two-stepped procedure is proposed to find the best way of using stocked fines at a plant producing Fe-Mn alloys for the steelmaking industry. The approach is based on the following: (1) predict the result of the sintering operation by establishing the best multilinear regression model using some of the characteristics of the loaded material; and (2) find the best solution under a minimizing cost criteria by solving a...
Publication: CIM Bulletin
Author(s): M.F. Almeida
Keywords: Manganese ores, Modelling, Optimization, Regression, Sintering.
Issue: 1023
Volume: 91
Year: 1998
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Summary: A newly developed damage model was used in the study of rock fragmentation mechanisms involved in crater blasting. Simulations show that at the detonation of the explosive charge, a crushed zone around the explosive charge is formed due to compressive failure and then a strong pressure wave is sent out forming a pressurized ring that propagates at the dilatation wave velocity. As the pressurized ring leaves the crushed zone, two tensile stress components perpendicular to the radial stress are...
Publication: CIM Bulletin
Author(s): L. Liu, P.D. Katsabanis
Keywords: Blasting, Rock fragmentation mechanisms, Simulations.
Issue: 1023
Volume: 91
Year: 1998
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