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Open Pit Mine Planning and Design, Third Edition

William Hustrulid, Mark Kuchta, Randall Martin
Published by CRC Press, an imprint of Taylor & Francis - 2013
1,308 pages
Perfect bound set with CD

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Building on the success of its predecessor, this edition of Open Pit Mine Planning and Design has been updated and expanded, ensuring that it remains the most complete and authoritative account of modern open pit mining available.

This edition contains new chapters on blasting, drilling, loading, hauling, and equipment availability and utilization. The chapter on revenues and costs has been substantially revised and updated. In addition, the CD now includes a fully working version of the MicroModel mine planning software package.

Volume 1 discusses the fundamental concepts involved in the planning and design of open pit mines. Topics include mine planning, mining revenues and costs, orebody descriptions, geometrical considerations, pit limits, production planning, mineral resources and ore reserves, responsible mining, rock blasting, rotary drilling, shovel loading, haulage trucks, and machine availability and utilization.

Volume 2 includes CSMine and MicroModel, user-friendly mine planning and design software packages developed specifically to illustrate the practical application of the involved principles. This volume also includes tutorials and user's manuals for the software and eight orebody case examples, including drill hole data sets for performing a complete open pit mine evaluation.

Open Pit Mine Planning and Design is useful in undergraduate, graduate, and postgraduate courses and as a professional reference guide for mining engineers. The principles described apply worldwide. The step-by-step approach to mine design and planning offers a fast-path approach to the material for both undergraduate and graduate students. The software guides the student through the planning and design steps, and the eight drill hole data sets allow the student to practice the described principles on different mining properties (three copper, three iron, and two gold). The well-written text, the large number of illustrative examples and case studies, the included software, the review questions and exercises, and the reference lists provide the student with all the material needed to effectively learn the theory and application of open pit mine planning and design.


  • Mine Planning
  • Mining Revenues and Costs
  • Orebody Description
  • Geometrical Considerations
  • Pit Limits
  • Production Planning
  • Reporting of Mineral Resources and Ore Reserves
  • Responsible Mining
  • Rock Blasting
  • Rotary Drilling
  • Shovel Loading
  • Haulage Trucks
  • Machine Availability and Utilization
  • The CSMine Tutorial
  • CSMine User's Guide
  • The MicroModel Mine Design Software
  • Orebody Case Examples

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