FracMan® discrete fracture network analysis supports extraction at an open-pit mine

It’s a problem that has perplexed miners since the earliest humans dug pits into the ground in search of metal ore: how steep can the walls of the pit be, to balance efficiency against safety?

This animation shows some possible ways the rock may react, given several different degrees of slope. The fractures are shown as lines; the wedges shown in green are considered to be stable, while those in red could be unstable.