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.
The Fifth International Itasca Symposium will be held at the University of Vienna (Austria). The Symposium will features the application of Itasca software for solving engineering and scientific challenges in geomechanics, hydrogeology, microseismicity, and more.
Jessa Vatcher is a geomechanical engineer with a PhD in rock
mechanics from Sweden (Luleå University of Technology) and a Master’s of
Applied Science in Mining Engineering from Canada (Queen's
University). She has experience with diverse rock mechanics problems,
for both mining and tunnelling related projects. She has worked
extensively with 3-D numerical stress analysis, geomechanical models,
and laboratory testing and core logging. She specialises in rock
mechanics, mining engineering, and civil engineering.
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