Guidelines for Open Pit Slope Design 4 - Operation

Areas of Study: Geotechnics

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This is the fourth in a series of four courses on open pit slope design. It is concerned with slope performance, monitoring, hazard management, risk management and closure.

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  • Duration:
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Course Summary

Introduction

Guidelines for Open Pit Slope Design 4 - Operation is the fourth in a series of four courses on open pit slope design. The complete Guidelines for Open Pit Slope Design series includes:

  • Fundamentals and Data Collection
  • Modelling
  • Design
  • Operation
The design of the slopes is one of the major challenges at every stage of planning and operation of an open pit mine. It requires specialised knowledge of the geology, which is often complex in the vicinity of orebodies where structure and/or alteration may be key factors, and of the material properties, which are frequently highly variable. It also requires an understanding of the practical aspects of design implementation.

Part 1 of this course is concerned with geotechnical model validation and performance assessment.

Part 2 is concerned with slope monitoring and monitoring methods.

Part 3 is concerned with hazard management.

Part 4 is concerned with risk management and mitigation.

Part 5 is concerned with mine closure.

Content

The course comprises 16 learning sessions of between 60 and 90 minutes each at the text level, plus multiple-choice reviews, extensive worked examples, numerous illustrations and tables, and supporting appendices. Estimated course duration is equivalent to approximately 16 hours of viewing content.

Learning Outcomes

  • Discuss procedures for validation of the geotechnical model and for performance assessment of bench and slope designs.
  • Discuss the objectives of slope monitoring and the methods available, including groundwater monitoring.
  • Recognize the need for hazard and risk management and implementation of appropriate procedures.
  • Discuss principles and procedures for mine closure planning, objectives and monitoring.

Recommended Background

  • A degree in mining or geotechnical engineering, engineering geology or related discipline.
  • A basic grounding in rock mechanics and experience in open pit operations.

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