Intelligent ore delineation: Integrating geosensing and geographical information systems

Abstract Intelligent ore delineation refers to the ability reliably to characterize the geological setting of a mineralized body and its grade distribution. This necessitates using all available geological information in a timely and efficient manner, such that effective geological control is achieved. The importance of geological control is paramount to improving the efficiency and competitiveness of underground mines. As a result, the development of new geosensing tools designed to provide more reliable and timely information should be a priority. However, as the sensing tools advance then so, too, must the decision support system in order to allow the full benefits of these tools to be achieved. One potential system considered able to provide this architecture is Õtrue 3D-GISÕ (Geographical Information System). GIS promises to provide a seamless data flow and to connect information currently unavailable to the underground mine operations by bringing together previously disparate and spatial data sets in a visually effective and timely way. This paper considers the potential revolution GIS offers over
Keywords: Automation, Geosensing tools, Geographical Information Systems (GIS), Intelligent ore delineation, Underground mining.
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Summary: The Internet and its related technologies will radically change the way that mines manage and control their maintenance, repair, and operating supply chains. The Internet is creating new distribution channels and offers new technology platforms with significant advantages over more traditional methods. Mines will have to re-evaluate both the strategies and the tactics employed in these areas. Mines will use e-commerce to integrate their maintenance, repair, and operating supply chains. The...
Publication: CIM Bulletin
Author(s): L.M. Scovell, W.S. Dunbar
Keywords: L.M. Scovell, H.A. Simons International, Vancouver, British Columbia, and W.S. Dunbar, The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia
Issue: 1042
Volume: 93
Year: 2000
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Summary: A brief background on in-situ testing of mine backfill, as well as pressuremeter testing is briefly described, and results from an in-situ testing on paste backfill are presented. A series of self-boring pressuremeter tests were done from the top of a backfilled stope in an underground mine. The tests were conducted along a 20-metre vertical line in the centre of the stope. Some 14 tests were performed along this depth. The instrument used was a Camkometer built by Cam Insitu, Cambridge. The...
Publication: CIM Bulletin
Author(s): J. Ouellet, S. Servant
Keywords: Rock mechanics, In-situ testing, Underground mining, Stress testing, Pressuremeters.
Issue: 1042
Volume: 93
Year: 2000
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Summary: Key issues in managing information systems in the minerals industry will likely continue to be those relating to the integration and interoperability of disparate systems. This paper argues that, in order to harness the promised benefits of information technologies, the mining industry should adopt a set of open systems standards to define data formats and protocols for seamless data exchange. This is in direct contrast to the present situation where mining equipment, software and instrument...
Publication: CIM Bulletin
Author(s): P.F. Knights
Keywords: Data warehouse, Information systems, Mine management, Open systems.
Issue: 1042
Volume: 93
Year: 2000
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