Authors: Pothitos, F; Li, T


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Pothitos, F & Li, T 2007, 'Slope Design Criteria for Large Open Pits - Case Study', in Y Potvin (ed.), Slope Stability 2007: Proceedings of the 2007 International Symposium on Rock Slope Stability in Open Pit Mining and Civil Engineering, Australian Centre for Geomechanics, Perth, pp. 341-352,

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The selection of design criteria for large open pits is an area of ongoing importance and one which must continually be reviewed and improved upon during the lifetime of a mine project. Not only do the design criteria directly impact upon the business case [and longevity] of a mine project but also the safety related geotechnical issues, which must be planned for during the design process. The case study presented, is used to illustrate the criteria and considerations of a large open pit design from an operational perspective. A consistent message is required to be communicated at all stages and levels involving operators, operational engineers, designers and management. This paper presents concepts to help interpret what percentage of pit slope failure is acceptable and the resources required to implement varying inter-ramp slope angles with a certain percentage of planned failure.

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