ACADEMIC CREATED SYSTEM TO OPTIMIZE MINING ENDEAVORS
AN INNOVATIVE SOFTWARE THAT DESIGNS THE FORM OF REMOVAL IN A MINE AND ADDS ROADS IN ITS INTERIOR WILL REDUCE COSTS AND TIME IN THE PLANNING OF THESE INITIATIVES.
July 03, 2017
A novel solution in the planning of projects of surface or open pit mines developed Professor of Mining Civil Engineering Manuel Reyes, who presented his innovation in a congress held in Europe.
The system is a piece of software that, based on data extracted from drilling, designs the shape of an open pit mine and defines the interior roads used to transport the minerals, a relevant aspect in the economic evaluation of a mining project
“The calculations and design are done automatically, which is a very important step forward. Today, there is software that calculates theoretically up to where to extract and in how many phases, but it doesn’t define the roads inside of the pit. This is entrusted to the experience of a person who draws the roads into the program, so that the solution is not necessarily the best," said Reyes.
The academic added that his program involves a greater efficiency in the valuation of mining projects, for example, on the part of the banking or financiers, who will evaluate their economic contributions without the need for a high degree of knowledge in the field. "In the event of significant changes in market conditions, as the prices of mineral, inputs, redefinition of resources or events such as landslides, faults or mineralogical uncertainty, it will be possible to revalue it quickly," he said.
Impacts on Mining
This optimization makes it possible, according to the academic, to decrease costs in the value of the business by up to 40%, avoiding arbitrary decisions of the designer or illustrator, who pushes into operation the mine with roads based on his or her expert judgment.
In addition, it saves time when defining an optimal solution for the roads to move vehicles on the inside of the mine, which currently can take weeks or months. "During the research we realized that the value of a project can change a lot due to these inside roads, which is an opportunity," said Reyes.
The study drew the attention of the Fraunhofer Institute of Germany, which, at the beginning of the year, held a contest called InnoMine for Chilean professionals of the mining area to visit their facilities.
The academic was selected along with 24 other applicants, who visited the six Research and Development centers, in addition to companies engaged in mining innovation in Germany. "We had the opportunity to meet and discuss ideas and technologies with specialists from that country, ending with a meeting where the Chilean Ambassador was present," said Reyes, who hoped that this link will last in time and generate new initiatives.
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