A Chart for Judging Optimal Sample Spacing for Ore Grade Estimation

Vanessa Cerqueira Koppe, Ricardo Hundelshaussen Rubio, João Felipe Coimbra Leite Costa

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Mineral deposit grades are usually estimated using data from samples of rock cores extracted from drill holes. Commonly, mineral deposit grade estimates are required for each block to be mined. Every estimated grade has always a corresponding error when compared against real grades of blocks. The error depends on various factors, among which the most important is the number of correlated samples used for estimation. Samples may be collected on a regular sampling grid and, as the spacing between samples decreases, the error of grade estimated from the data generally decreases. Sampling can be expensive. The maximum distance between samples that provides an acceptable error of grade estimate is useful for deciding how many samples are adequate. The error also depends on the geometry of a block, as lower errors would be expected when estimating the grade of large-volume blocks, and on the variability of the data within the region of the blocks. Local variability is measured in this study using the coefficient of variation (CV). We show charts analyzing error in block grade estimates as a function of sampling grid (obtained by geostatistical simulation), for various block dimensions (volumes) and for a given CV interval. These charts show results for two different attributes (Au and Ni) of two different deposits. The results show that similar errors were found for the two deposits, although they share similar features: sampling grid, block volume, CV, and continuity model. Consequently, the error for other attributes with similar features could be obtained from a single chart.

Idioma originalInglés
Páginas (desde-hasta)191-199
Número de páginas9
PublicaciónNatural Resources Research
EstadoPublicada - 1 abr. 2017
Publicado de forma externa

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