Strategic mine planning and design for quarrying


SME Annual Meeting and Exhibit 2010, Phoenix, AZ, United States Of America, 28 February - 03 March 2010, pp.95-99 identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • City: Phoenix, AZ
  • Country: United States Of America
  • Page Numbers: pp.95-99
  • Keywords: Environmental considerations, Geostatistical analysis, Pit design, Quarry, Strategical mine planning
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: No


Materials produced in quarries have been used for different intentions such as concrete and cement raw material, asphalt and embankment aggregates, railway ballast. Especially in cement manufacturing, the chemical composition and the uniformity of the raw materials play a strategic role in the economy and quality of the cement process. Therefore, it is necessary to achieve uniformity and desired chemical composition and maintain these at all production stages according to the type of cement produced. To achieve this goal the production planning and pit design play an essential role. This paper briefly outlines the production optimization of cement raw materials in a quarry in Istanbul western part of Turkey. For the purpose it was used the 3D ore body modeling and the geostatistical techniques. The variation of chemical components (%CaO, %Al 2O3, %Fe2O3 etc.) and quality control parametres (LSF, SR, AR and etc.) obtained from the quarry were determined. Then the values of unknown chemical components and quality control parameters in the ore body were estimated using Kriging which is one of the geostatistical interpolation methods. The open pit design was also created by specifying wall slopes and taking into consideration of the grade distributions of the benches. The most important revolution in the paper is investigating the effects of the block dimensions in block modelling which is important for reserve estimation. The other important point in the study is using the different range values in variogram analysis for determination optimal reserve estimation. n this study, the effects of two parametres on reserve and waste amount estimation were determined according to CaO% distibution. The study was pointed out that the changing of the two parameters are very important for the optimal mine planning and environmental considerations.