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GEOMETALLURGY AND

MODELING
Geometallurgy
 Geometallurgy is a
transversal discipline
within mining activities,
which aims to systematize
several of the complexities
associated with
determining the value of
the resource and
consequently its
economic exploitation.
Components of the geometallurgy

Sampling.

Collection of
Process related data
and
modeling. correlations.

Components
of the
geometallurgy
Addition of
data in a
Geostatistical
data block
management model or
Variability
testing, using
mine plan.
low-cost
standardized
tests that
require a
small sample
volume
Geometallurgical planning
 A Geometallurgical block is a
threedimensional portion of ore that has
been characterized in its various
properties, both geological and
metallurgical. This allows the complete
registration of the deposit so that the
metallurgical performance and
its economic value are determined long
before the ore enters the Concentrator
Plant.
Inform the
design of
the flow
sheet
Determine
BENEFITS OF THE the size of
the

GEOMETALLURGY equipment

Assist in
plant
design

Optimize
the plant
and the
Reduce mine
risk during according
feasibility,
pre-
production forecast to the performance
and plant of the production
operation.
Conclusions
 Geometallurgy is the selection based on the geology of a number of samples that will be tested to
determine the metallurgical parameters and the distribution of these parameters along of a deposit
using technical geostatistically accepted to support the process of metallurgical modelling.

 The Geometallurgy complements, but does not replace, the traditional metallurgical approach
during the development and operation of a mine.
Modelamiento
WHAT IS A MODEL?
A model is a theoretical abstraction
of the real world that has two
fundamental utilities:

 Reduce complexity

 Make concrete predictions


STAGES OF GEOLOGICAL MODELING

STRUCTURAL STRATIGRAPHIC LITOLOGICAL PETROPHYSICS


MODEL MODEL MODEL MODEL
Vulcan software
OBJECTIVES

Incorporate the geological information into the process of


evaluation, planning and valorization of the reservoir.
Generally incorporate qualitative and quantitative
information into the study of the project, improving the
management of uncertainty and risks.
Incorporate lithology mapping, ores mineralogy,
alteration, structural aspects, sampling, etc.
CONCLUSIONS

 MineSight software can be used to take raw data of standard origin (drilling,
underground sampling, topographic information, among others), estimating reserves
and creating a long-term program for financial analysis of a project.

 Geological modeling is essential for resource assessment, design, mining planning


and the definition of the metallurgical process to be used, since it determines the
volumetric extent and spatial distribution of geological or geotechnical units

 The creation of a geological model is one of the first stages in the estimation of
resources and requires a thorough knowledge of the deposit and a validated
database.