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Guidelines for Open Pit Slope Design

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Guidelines for Open Pit Slope Design

John Read  
Peter Stacey  

512 pages, 270 x 210 mm
Publisher: CSIRO Publishing

    Hardback - 2009
ISBN: 9780643094697 - AU $195.00



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.

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.


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 Open pit mine slope design practitioners, including engineering geologists, geotechnical engineers, mining engineers and civil engineers and mine managers. 

 "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


 John Read has over 40 years’ experience as a practitioner and consultant in the mining industry, with special interests and expertise in rock slope stability. In 1990 Dr Read began his own geotechnical engineering practice. Since then he has specialised in slope stability and open pit mine slope design and investigation tasks in Australia, Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Brazil, Argentina, Chile, Canada, South Africa and Zambia.

From 1994 to 2004 he was Deputy Chief of CSIRO Exploration & Mining and Executive Manager of the Queensland Centre for Advanced Technologies, Brisbane. He stepped back from these positions in April 2004 to initiate and lead this project.

Peter Stacey has 40 years’ experience in all aspects of pit slope and mining geotechnical design, project management and review. He holds a BSc Hons. degree in Geology and a D.I.C. from Imperial College, London, and is a registered engineer in Canada and the UK. After working for the Geological Survey of Sweden and subsequently with the Iron Ore Company of Canada as Supervisor – Geotechnical Engineering, Mr Stacey joined Golder Associates Ltd., based in Vancouver, Canada. During his 29 years with Golder, Mr Stacey worked primarily in the areas of pit slope design and the application of geotechnical engineering to the operational aspects of open pit mines.

In 2003, Mr Stacey formed Stacey Mining Geotechnical Ltd. to concentrate on independent review consulting related to the geotechnical aspects of open pit mining. In this capacity, he currently serves as either review consultant or on the Geotechnical Review Board for several large open pit operations. He also performs geotechnical review for a number of mining and consulting companies.


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