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Mine Planning & Design

At R&O ANALYTICS we provide a range of specialist services to mining resource industries. The services we provide to the mining industry are:

  • Ore Modelling
  • Mine Planning
  • Mineral Resource Analytics
  • Metal Price Analytics
  • Mine Planning Optimisation


Some of the software we specialise are:

  • SGeMS (geostatistics)
  • SimSched DB
  • Vulcan
  • Datamine
  • NPV Scheduler
  • Gemcom Whittle
  • Gemcom Surpac

Mineral Resource Analytics

When exploring for new mineral deposits, or when evaluating and existing one, the quantification of the available resources is key factor for investment decision making. It is more than number crunching since it is an activity that permeates all stages of the evaluation process. Resource Data Analytics is the science used for analysing and examining geological data with the purpose of drawing final conclusions about the characteristics of the deposit under study.

At R&O ANALYTICS we apply advanced resource data analytics with the purpose of drawing final conclusions about the mineral resource characteristics such as the quantity and quality of the expected final product that will be extracted and sold in the market.

R&O ANALYTICS solutions for resource data analytics include:

  • Accessing, exploring and analysing the geological data through explanatory 3D and 2D charts.
  • Interpreting and modelling the data information considering all spatial patterns/trends in order to generate inference at un-sampled locations.
  • Discover results about the geological features of the deposits as well as the available mineral (metal and non-metal) resources and reserves.
  • Communicate and share the benefits and final results with other stake holders throughout easy to understand reports and technical/economic charts.

Mine Planning Optimisation

Mine design and long-term production Scheduling is an intricate and critically important part of mining ventures. The determination of an optimum production schedule is essentially a problem of trading net income early in the life of the mine for net income later in the life of the mine.

But the question is, will this income compensate for the loss of income at some future time because of depletion of the ore body or higher prices? – Also, there is not a dollar-for-dollar trade, since, at higher production rates, metallurgical efficiencies drop and, consequently, the income from a ton of ore drops.

That is the reason why mathematical methods should be used to provide analytical tools and advanced mine optimisation process for optimising mine planning considering both all economic and operational variables and the effect of their inherent uncertainty on final project value.

R&O ANALYTICS solutions for mine planning optimisation covers the following:

  • Mine plan and design selection, mine project throughput analysis (i.e., block /panel size selection and reserve estimation).
  • Mine production schedule.
  • Cut-off grade optimisation (Static/Dynamic).
  • Upside/Downside analysis.
  • Profit and loss risk analysis

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