Improving Critical Groundwater Predictions for Block Cave Mining

WSP USA has developed a 3D groundwater model utilizing an innovative approach to simulate underground mining.
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The block cave mining process induces a large stress on the overlying rock mass through the removal of rock at the base of the ore body.
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This graphic shows a coupled 3D groundwater model property grid. The colors represent time-varying material property multipliers for block cave cells at end of life for a mine.

Author

Christopher Pantano
Project Hydrogeologist
United States

Author

Doug Oliver
Mine Water Services National Service Line Lead

Author

Gustavo Meza-Cuadra
Senior Hydrogeologist
United States