Journal of Mining Science

, Volume 47, Issue 2, pp 235–246

A risk quantification framework for strategic mine planning: Method and application

Strategic Mine Planning Under Uncertainty

DOI: 10.1134/S1062739147020109

Cite this article as:
Godoy, M. & Dimitrakopoulos, R. J Min Sci (2011) 47: 235. doi:10.1134/S1062739147020109


Quantification, assessment and management of orebody uncertainty is critical to strategic mine planning. A method consisting of a series of steps for uncertainty quantification and risk assessment in pit design optimization is outlined here. Multiple simulated scenarios of an orebody’s grade distribution are processed through an established pit optimization approach to produce a distribution of possible outcomes in terms of key project indicators. These indicators are then assessed to support mine planning decisions.


Open pit mine design grade risk analysis upside potential downside risk 

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© Pleiades Publishing, Ltd. 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Golder Associates SantiagoSantiagoChile
  2. 2.COSMO Lab, Dept Mining and Materials EngineeringMcGill UniversityMontrealCanada

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