A confidential mining client was interested in evaluating various potential future solution-mining scenarios using a numerical model in order to assess potential ore recovery, capital costs, and cavern lifetimes, as well as to overall optimize the proposed mine plan. Modeling of solution mining requires that the key processes controlling the mineral dissolution are modeled; however, there are numerous factors that complicate the details of the dissolution process that are impractical or impossible to account for in a model.
Mr. O’Connor is a mining engineer with a Master of Applied Science degree in Mineral Resource Engineering. He has worked in the mining field for over 20 years focusing on advanced numerical modeling and geomechanics. Mr. O’Connor has returned to Itasca after four years working at Glencore’s Nickel Rim South Mine as the Senior Ground Control Engineer for the site.
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