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AbstractThe competition in the world market for iron ore has increased lately. Therefore, an improved method of estimating the ore quality in small working areas has become an attractive cost-cutting strategy in short-term mine plans. Estimated grades of different working areas of a mine form the basis of any short-term mine plan. The generally sparse exploration data obtained during the development phase is not enough to accurately estimate the grades of small working areas. Therefore, additional sample information is often required in any operating mine. The findings of this case study show that better utilization of all available exploration information at this mine would improve estimation of small working areas even without additional face samples. Through the use of kriging variance, this study also determined the optimum face sampling grid, whose spacing turned out to be approximately 100 meters as compared to 50 meters in use today. (Abstract shortened with permission of author.)
Degree ProgramGraduate College
Mining and Geological Engineering