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 has 24 years of mining experience and specializes in strategic mine planning, open pit mine design, mine evaluation, production scheduling, mine layout optimization, mine simulation and computer modeling. He has worked in Canada and abroad on mining projects at stages ranging from conceptual study to construction. Anoush’s diversified experience includes gold, copper, polymetals, coal, manganese, phosphate, bauxite and oil sand projects. Mines he designed that are now in operation include the Endako molybdenum super pit in Canada and the Gualcamayo gold mine in Argentina. 

Anoush is an adjunct professor at the University of British Columbia and a director of the CIM Vancouver branch. He has authored and presented numerous technical papers at CIM, SME and other conferences and seminars.

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