CAD geological modelling, mine design and production planning are the backbone of modern mining operations, supporting new project development, economic evaluation of mining projects and optimising daily operations. Understanding how this technology works is a basic requirement for mining peofessionals.
Computer-aided geological modelling, mine design and mine production planning has become the backbone of modern mining operations, supporting new project development, economic evaluation of mining projects and optimising daily operations. Understanding how this technology works, the possibilities and limitations, and the multiple applications in the modern mining industry is a requirement for many mining professionals.The course introduces participants to grid- and block-modelling techniques and their suitability to different types of deposits. Input data requirements and the effect of data quality, data distribution and modelling parameters on the accuracy of geological models and reporting are discussed.Computer aided design tools, taking geological models into account, are discussed for designing opencast and underground mining operations and creating production schedules. Practical demonstrations are given for geological modelling, mine- design and production scheduling.Participants will be able to gain hands-on experience of the subjects discussed by replicating and modifying task on trial software and datasets provided (optional).
1. Introduction1.1. Origin and evolution computerised geological modelling1.2. Mine design and production scheduling in CAD1.2. Objectives and advantages
2. 3D geological modelling2.1. Input data requirements2.2. Transforming irregular spatial data to regularised information2.3. Interpolators: choice and usage2.4. Grid models: modelling surfaces2.5. Block models: modelling bodies2.6. Reporting2.7. Pit-falls & limitations
3. Opencast mine design and production schedule3.1. Defining mining areas3.2. The final pit shell3.3. Sub-blocks / mining units3.4. Reserving3.5. Setting production parameters3.6. Production calendars3.7. Short-term vs. long-term planning3.8. Creating a schedule3.9. Reporting
4. Underground mine design and production schedule4.1. Defining mining areas4.2. Production panels4.3. Reserving4.4. Setting production parameters4.5. Production calendars4.6.Creating a schedule4.6 Reporting
5. Application examples5.1. Exploration & new project development5.2. Production / budgets / reconciliation5.3. Economic evaluation
6. Risks & uncertainties6.1. Geological and geotechnical risks6.2. Data uncertainties6.3. System limitations
Objectives and outcomes
Participants will have developed an understanding of how 3D geological models are build, which modelling techniques are suitable for different geological settings and how data availability and data editing influences the accuracy and reliability of a geological model.
They will have gained knowledge about the process of computer aided mine design and production scheduling for different mining scenarios and the practical applications for a variety of purposes, such as project development, production planning & financial evaluation.
Finally, participants will be able to critically review these methodologies and decide on their suitability for their specific work environment.
Practising geologists and mining engineers in mineral resources production, consultancies and public institutions.
Non-technical managers and analysts that need to have a basic understanding of mineral economics.
Students in geology, mining and mineral resource management without exposure to the topic at their institution of learning.
The course will be held by Mr Götz Bartkowiak, M.Sc. (Geology), who has more than 25 years of international experience in the resource industry. After completing his M.Sc. in Geology at the University of Aachen, he started his career in 1996 as an exploration geologist for Anglovaal Minerals Limited in South Africa. He then moved on, in 1999, to the position of head of the geological department of Total Coal South Africa, where he oversaw exploration activities as well as the geological supervision of the producing mines. In 2007 he moved to France to first take up the position of project mining engineer and later senior technical advisor / strategist at the coal mining section of the Total Group. In 2013 he returned to Total Coal South Africa to take on the position of Head of Strategy and Business Development, being responsible among others for Geology, Mine Planning, Project Development, New Business & Strategy. In 2015 he returned to his native Germany to start a new career as an independent Management- and Technical Advisor to the resource industry, under the tradename greenvalleycoal.com. In 2019 he became the authorised partner of Carlson Mining Software for Germany and neighbouring countries, a role he fills in parallel and complementary to his consulting capacity. Throughout his career, Mr Bartkowiak has been actively involved in the technical assessment and economic evaluation of mining projects, ranging from exploring grass-roots projects to evaluating producing mines. He has worked and carried out assessments on numerous exploration and mining projects, mostly in coal, in a broad variety of countries, including South Africa, Indonesia, Australia, Colombia, China, the USA, and others. Since moving to Germany, he was able to add experiences in other bulk commodities, such as Limestone, to his portfolio of projects.
Mr Bartkowiak is a registered Professional with SACNASP, member of the Association of Practising Geoscientists in Germany (“Berufsverband Deutscher Geologen, BDG”) and member of the Geological Society of South Africa. From 2009 to 2013 he was a member of the board of the World Coal Association.
945€ per person.
Classes will be given in english. Classes in german available on request.
On-line course dates: 31.01.2022 - 04.02.2022