An information system for a bauxite mine

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Abstract

Bauxite is mined and transported by conveyor to a processing plant, screened and washed, thenplaced into blended stockpiles to feed the alumina refinery. While being stacked to the stockpile,the ore is sampled. Completed stockpiles must be acceptably close to target grade (composition),not only in alumina, but also in residual silica, carbon and sodium carbonate.The mine is an open-cut pit. Each day the choice of ore to mine, from multiple locations in thepit, is based upon estimates of grade. Estimated grade, from exploration drilling of the area beforemining, has both systematic and random error.This paper describes an information system to guide the daily choice of ore to mine. Continuallyupdating the comparison between forecasts and sampled product, the system provides adjustedforecasts. Ore is selected to bring the exponentially smoothed grade to target, in each of the controlminerals.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)91-104
JournalIssues in Informing Science and Information Technology
Volume4
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 2007

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