Guidelines for Open Pit Slope Design
Will assist in meeting stakeholder requirements for pit slopes that are stable, in regards to safety, ore recovery and financial return.
Guidelines for Open Pit Slope Design is a comprehensive account of the open pit slope design process. Created as an outcome of the Large Open Pit (LOP) project, an international research and technology transfer project on rock slope stability in open pit mines, this book provides an up-to-date compendium of knowledge of the slope design processes that should be followed and the tools that are available to aid slope design practitioners. + Full description
This book links innovative mining geomechanics research into the strength of closely jointed rock masses with the most recent advances in numerical modelling, creating more effective ways for predicting rock slope stability and reliability in open pit mines. It sets out the key elements of slope design, the required levels of effort and the acceptance criteria that are needed to satisfy best practice with respect to pit slope investigation, design, implementation and performance monitoring.
Guidelines for Open Pit Slope Design comprises 14 chapters that directly follow the life of mine sequence from project commencement through to closure. It includes: information on gathering all of the field data that is required to create a 3D model of the geotechnical conditions at a mine site; how data is collated and used to design the walls of the open pit; how the design is implemented; up-to-date procedures for wall control and performance assessment, including limits blasting, scaling, slope support and slope monitoring; and how formal risk management procedures can be applied to each stage of the process.
This book will assist in meeting stakeholder requirements for pit slopes that are stable, in regards to safety, ore recovery and financial return, for the required life of the mine.- Short description
"In general each chapter flows well from the one previous and stands alone well so that it can be read without previous chapters having to be read. The style of the text is straightforward which enables the reader to gain from the experience of its author/s. All who read it are likely to find in it extremely useful and very practical material and as such it is likely to find a place in many bookshelves."
Tony Meyers, Australian Geomechanics, March 2010
"Many of the uncertainties surrounding the development of a large open pit mine have now been overcome with the publication of … Guidelines for Open Pit Slope Design. Up until now, the only handbook of this type available to open pit mine slope design practitioners…has been the ‘CANMET manual’ last published in 1977."
Australian Centre for Geomechanics, December 2009 Newsletter
DetailsHardback | November 2009 | $195.00
ISBN: 9780643094697 | 512 pages | 270 x 210 mm
Publisher: CSIRO Publishing
ePDF | ISBN: 9780643101104
Publisher: CSIRO Publishing
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