Efficiency estimation procedure of transition processes in hybrid open pit/ underground mining of metal ore deposits

Within the framework of a new methodological approach, consisting in the study of transition processes with the phased technological development of a geotechnical system of a mine, the first steps have been taken to form a methodology for the evaluation of effectiveness of transition processes in the sequential flowchart of hybrid open pit/underground mining of deep-seated ore deposits. The method of integrated qualitative and quantitative analysis of the conditions and factors of initiation and evolution of transition processes is described, including collection, generalization and interpretation of data based on the expert estimate and theoretical analysis. The method is proposed for the structural and functional system analysis of a geotechnical system of a mine during the transition period, based on the study into properties of its subsystems and elements, with regard to their correlation and interdependence. This method allows predicting the main parameters and technical and economic performance that determine effectiveness of transition processes. The procedure is developed for determining the main technical and economic indices and integrated criteria of effectiveness of transition processes in hybrid open pit/underground mining, including economic, social and ecological orientation of the mine production development. The methodology of efficiency evaluation of transition process is a set of the proposed analytical methods and estimation procedures.

Keywords: deep-seated deposit, hybrid open pit/underground mining, geotechnical system, transition process, transition zone, methodology, underground geotechnology, accessing, stoping.
For citation:

Sokolov I. V., Antipin Yu. G., Nikitin I. V. Efficiency estimation procedure of transition processes in hybrid open pit/underground mining of metal ore deposits. MIAB. Mining Inf. Anal. Bull. 2021;(5—1):77—87. [In Russ]. DOI: 10.25018/0236_1493_2021_51_0_77.


The study was carried out under State Contract No. 075-00581-19-00, Topic No. 0405-2019-0005.

Issue number: 5
Year: 2021
Page number: 77-87
ISBN: 0236-1493
UDK: 622.272.06
DOI: 10.25018/0236_1493_2021_51_0_77
Article receipt date: 25.12.2020
Date of review receipt: 22.03.2021
Date of the editorial board′s decision on the article′s publishing: 10.04.2021
About authors:

Sokolov I. V.1, Dr. Sci. (Eng.), full member of the Academy of mining sciences, director;
Antipin Yu. G.1, Cand. Sci. (Eng.), head of the laboratory of underground geotechnology;
Nikitin I. V.1, research worker of the laboratory of underground geotechnology;
1 Institute of Mining of the Ural branch of Russian Academy of Sciences (IM UB RAS), Ekaterinburg, Russia.


For contacts:

1. Yakovlev V. L. Issledovanie perehodnyh processov novoe napravlenie v razvitii metodologii kompleksnogo osvoenija georesursov [Research of transient processes a new direction in the development of the methodology for the complex development of georesources], Ekaterinburg, UrO RAN, 2019, 284 p. [In Russ].

2. Yakovlev V. L., Kornilkov S. V., Sokolov I. V. Innovacionnyj bazis strategii kompleksnogo osvoenija resursov mineral’nogo syr’ja [Innovative basis of the strategy of complex development of mineral resources] Edited by corresponding member of RAS V. L. Yakovlev, Ekaterinburg, UrO RAN, 2018, 360 p. [In Russ].

3. Sokolov I. V., Nikitin I. V., Solomein Yu. M. Modeling and ecological and economic assessment of geotechnological strategy for the development of transition zones of ore deposits, Izvestija Tul’skogo gosudarstvennogo universiteta. Nauki o Zemle. 2020, no. 2, pp. 153—167. DOI: 10.25635 / b7446—4481—7083-f. [In Russ].

4. Kirillov I. N. Theoretical aspects of the development of the system of accounting and analytical support of management decisions at the enterprise, Vestnik Adygejskogo gosudarstvennogo universiteta. Ser. 5: Jekonomika. 2012, no. 2, pp. 170—176. [In Russ].

5. Zotova A. I. A systematic approach to planning enterprise activities, Biznes v zakone. Jekonomiko-juridicheskij zhurnal. 2014, no. 2, pp. 28—32. [In Russ].

6. Navarra A., Grammatikopoulos T., Waters K. Incorporation of geometallurgical modelling into long-term production planning.  Minerals  Engineering.  2018, Vol.  120, pp. 118—126.

7. Dorofeeva V. V. Adaptacija predprijatij v konkurentnoj srede [Adapting enterprises in a competitive environment], Irkutsk, BGUJeP, 2011, 107 p. [In Russ].

8. Smirnov A. A. Nikitin I. V. Substantiation of types and methods of adaptation of the mining-technological system of a mining enterprise to the changing conditions of underground mining, Izvestija vysshij uchebnyh zavedenij. Gornyj zhurnal. 2019, no. 6, pp. 14—20. [In Russ].

9. Kaplunov D. R., Yukov V. A. About the principles of the transition of a mining enterprise to sustainable ecologically balanced development, MIAB. Mining Inf. Anal. Bull. 2020, no. 3. pp. 74—86. [In Russ].

10. Francis X. D., Stephen D. K., Robert E. H. Sustainable development in Ghana gold mines: clarifying the stakeholders perspective. Journal of Sustainable Mining. 2019, vol. 18, no. 2, pp. 77—84.

11. King B., Goycoolea М., Newman A. Optimizing the open pit-to-underground mining transition. European Journal of Operational Research. 2017, vol. 257, no. 1, pp. 297—309.

12. Sokolov I. V., Antipin Yu. G., Smirnov A. A., Nikitin I. V. Substantiation of underground geotechnology in the combined development of ore deposits, taking into account the peculiarities of  transient  processes.  MIAB.  Mining  Inf. Anal.  Bull.  2020, no. 3—1, pp. 326—337. [In Russ].

13. Metodicheskie rekomendacii po ocenke jeffektivnosti investicionnyh proektov (vtoraja redakcija) [Methodological recommendations for assessing the effectiveness of investment projects (second edition)], Moscow, Jekonomika, 2000, 424 p. [In Russ].

14. Metody i modeli sistemnogo analiza. Ocenka jeffektivnosti i investicionnyh proektov. Sistemnaja diagnostika social’no-jekonomicheskih processov [Systems analysis methods and models. Evaluation of efficiency and investment projects. System diagnostics of socioeconomic processes], Trudy Instituta sistemnogo analiza Rossijskoj akademii nauk. Vol. 61. Is. 3; Moscow, 2011, 122 p. [In Russ].

15. Sitorous F., Cilliers J. J., Brito-Parada P. R. Multi-criteria decision making for the choice problem in mining and mineral processing: Applications and trends. Expert Systems with Applications. 2019, vol. 121, pp. 393—417.

Подписка на рассылку

Раз в месяц Вы будете получать информацию о новом номере журнала, новых книгах издательства, а также о конференциях, форумах и других профессиональных мероприятиях.