Heterogeneity: The Mine’s Reality
No two orebodies are the same. In fact, no two scoops of ore are the same. Heterogeneity – the material variation within a unit of rock – is a challenge faced by all miners. The composition of each unit of material you are mining and sending to the processing plant impacts efficiency, sustainability and profit.
Every mine has significant variability within each block which cannot be seen with the human eye, including volumes of higher grade and waste. Valuable ore is often thrown away or waste material is sent for processing, resulting in ore dilution and downstream productivity loss.