The Importance of Dilution Factor for Open Pit Mining Projects

Author(s): 
Anoush Ebrahimi, P. Eng., Ph.D.
Date: 
Friday, April 26, 2013
First presented: 
World Mining Congress, Montreal 2013
Type: 
Published paper
Category: 
Mining

Dilution increases the operating costs in the mill by increasing the tonnage of material to be milled. By better understanding the root causes of the dilution, quanitiying it, and planning accordingly, it can be controlled and reduced.

Feature Author

Dr. Anoush Ebrahimi

Anoush Ebrahimi is a mining engineer who has worked for open pit mines, consulting companies, and universities as well as in software development. Anoush has more than 25 years of experience in mine planning and design. He has designed multiple small and large open pit mines in Canada and abroad, including copper, gold, molybdenum, poly metal, coal, manganese, phosphate, bauxite, and oil sand projects. He has worked on mining projects from conceptual studies through to construction.  

Anoush specializes in strategic mine planning, mine evaluation, open pit optimization and design, production scheduling, mine layout optimization, mine simulation, and computer modelling.

Dr. Anoush Ebrahimi is an adjunct professor at the University of British Columbia and an active member of CIM, SME and Engineers and Geoscientists of British Columbia.

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