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Integrated geotechnical feasibility analysis for an open pit mine in the canadian arctic

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This paper presents the geotechnical results of a comprehensive feasibility case study for the Tiriganiaq pit of the Meliadine project in the Canadian arctic. A geomechanical model was constructed based on the ore reserve block model, and field and laboratory data collection campaigns. The results of oriented core logging were used to identify and zone the mine. Working in parallel with the pit optimization process a series of comprehensive slope stability analyses were undertaken on a block by block basis on selected optimised pits. The innovation of the undertaken approach resides in the smooth integration of the geological and geotechnical models with the optimised ultimate pit geometry to provide input for the slope stability analysis. Rather than working with “representative” slope geometries the actual planned slope geometries were used to compute the slope orientation at bench and inter-ramps levels using Geographical Information Systems (GIS) algorithms. This has allowed the stability analysis of the complete 3D numerical mine model and facilitates the identification of potentially unstable zones. The stability analyses were based on deterministic and probabilistic limit equilibrium techniques. It was possible to investigate the stability of all benches and inter-ramps for the ultimate pit defined by the block model. The factor of safety (FS) and probability of failure (PF) were assessed for every block of the optimised pit. In order to quantify the impact of the prevailing geotechnical conditions on the proposed pit shells a series of multi-criteria stability analyses were employed to assess the potential for localised instability.
International Symposium on Rock Slope Stability in Open Pit Mining and Civil Engineering, Vancouver, Canada (September 18-21, 2011)
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Open-pit mining , Interramp orientation , Bench face orientation , GIS , Integrated design , Block modeling
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