International Journal of Mining Engineering

, Volume 1, Issue 4, pp 343–355 | Cite as

Optimum locations for exploratory drill holes

  • Donald E. Scheck
  • Da-Rong Chou


A method is developed for selecting the number and location of additional exploratory boreholes using an iterative procedure based on a mathematical optimization concept called fixed point theory. The method is illustrated through its application to an exploratory drilling program for a coal mine where optimized locations gave a lower estimate of regional and block variances than the manual choice.

Key words

Geostatistics exploration optimization contractional mapping sampling 


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© Chapman and Hall Ltd. 1983

Authors and Affiliations

  • Donald E. Scheck
    • 1
  • Da-Rong Chou
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Industrial and Systems EngineeringOhio UniversityAthensUSA
  2. 2.Department of Industrial Engineering and Operations ResearchUniversity of CaliforniaBerkeleyUSA

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