Integration Of The Mining Plan In A Mining Automation System Using State-Of-The-Art Technology At De Beers Finsch Mine
Organization: The Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy
Jan 1, 2006
This paper will highlight the system components of a successful underground mining automation project recently launched at DeBeers Finsch Mine. It will also show that integration of short-term mine planning with other upstream and downstream mining processes in the extraction of kimberlite ore from a block cave is not just critical to the future sustainability of this underground mining operation but also for profitability and cost-effectiveness. This paper will discuss the information data flow required from the mine-planning process through to production for underground block cave mining. The benefits associated with this type of integrated mine planning and automation system will be highlighted.