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Journal of the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy

On-line version ISSN 2411-9717
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J. S. Afr. Inst. Min. Metall. vol.108 n.12 Johannesburg Dec. 2008




Mining method selection by AHP approach



M. Ataei; M. Jamshidi; F. Sereshki; S.M.E. Jalali

Shahrood University of Technology




One of the most critical and complicated steps in mine design is a suitable mining method selection based upon geological, geotechnical, geographical and economical parameters. Since there are many factors involved in mining method selection, the decisionmaking process is very difficult. In this paper, the Analytical Hierarchy Process, with 13 criteria, is used to develop a suitable mining method for the Golbini No. 8 deposit in Jajarm (Iran). Six alternatives (conventional cut and fill, mechanized cut and fill, shrinkage stoping, sublevel stoping, bench mining, and stull stoping) are evaluated. The studies show that the suitable mining method for this deposit in the present situation is the conventional cut and fill method.



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