Application of Simulation Techniques in Excavation Development


The Block Caving method is emerging as a significant future underground mining method (e.g. New Afton Mine, BC; Oyu Tolgoi Mine, Mongolia), becoming more popular in massive underground ore bodies. The design and planning for developing such complex underground excavation systems is challenging both technically and managerially. This research study aims to apply emerging simulation concepts and techniques within the design and planning process for such large scale underground systems. The objectives are to identify the key systems design and planning parameters and their influence over the optimization of such underground project schedules. Significant potential benefits relate to advancing the simulation approach so as to minimize development time and cost, and to improving mining process reliability and safety.

Faculty Supervisor:

Dr. Malcolm Scoble


Zhen Li


Ivanhoe Mines


Engineering - other


Mining and quarrying


University of British Columbia



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