Journal of Mining Science

, Volume 43, Issue 1, pp 73–82 | Cite as

A maximum upside / minimum downside approach to the traditional optimization of open pit mine design

  • R. Dimitrakopoulos
  • L. Martinez
  • S. Ramazan


The management of cash flows and risk during production is a critical part of a surface mining venture as well as an integral part of a strategy in developing new and existing operating mines. Orebody uncertainty is a critical factor in strategic mine planning, the optimization of mine designs and long-term sequencing. Traditional optimization approaches do not account for in situ grade variability or deal with geological risk. This paper presents a new approach to mine design based on risk quantification and alternative strategic decision-making criteria.


Open pit optimization stochastic simulation economic evaluation upside downside 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • R. Dimitrakopoulos
    • 1
  • L. Martinez
    • 2
  • S. Ramazan
    • 3
  1. 1.COSMO Laboratory, Department of Mining, Metals and Materials EngineeringMcGill UniversityMontrealCanada
  2. 2.School of Economics and Finance, Faculty of BusinessQueensland University of TechnologyBrisbaneAustralia
  3. 3.Rio TintoPerthAustralia

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