Senior Metallic Mine Design Competition

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UA Department of Mining and Geological Engineering
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Six mining engineering students participated in an international collegiate competition requiring teams to create a mine plan and evaluate its feasibility using real-world data. The contest was administered by the Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration.

In Phase 1 of the competition, the team designed a metal mine based on a given resource model, processing data and equipment restrictions. The final design considered multiple economic, environmental, equipment, processing and risk tradeoffs to determine the best plan. The results were compiled into a report and presented to the judges.

Phase 2 consisted of updating the mine design under additional constraints. Finally, the plan was reported at the MINEXCHANGE 2022 conference in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Ultimately, the team placed second in the worldwide competition.

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