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ARMZ Uranium Holding Launched the Competence Centre for Geological & Mathematical Modeling of Developing Deposits
The Centre synchronizes databases of all Russian uranium mining companies, which were created in the systems of automated engineering support and mine design. The software suites help make faster decisions during analyzing and forecasting of deposit development, geological modeling and mining operation planning.
PJSC Priargunsky Industrial Mining and Chemical Union (PJSC PIMCU) is currently utilizing the MINEFRAME system developed by the Kola Science Centre of the Russian Academy of Sciences, while Dalur, JSC and Khiagda, JSC operate information systems of the mining area at Seversk Technological Institute of the National Research Nuclear University «MEPhI». This is due to different mining technologies and, accordingly, to different needs of the companies. For instance, PJSC Priargunsky Industrial Mining and Chemical Union that extracts uranium using mining methods needs not only information regarding mining geospatial data, penetration rate and ore grade of one bottom hole or another, but also regularly updated information on mountain massif movements and rock bump hazardous areas forecasting. As for Dalur and Khiagda that apply in-situ leaching (ISL) technology, ore body localization and parameters, drill hole monitoring and recording data are crucial.
All databases share a contemporaneously updated three-dimensional (3D) model map of the entire ore field enabling online monitoring of mining operation progress. "The system tools developed and adapted for the conditions of our mining production allow for mining operation planning as accurately as possible to ensure high-quality performance. For example, while applying operation visualization available via the MINEFRAME system and comparing ore grade and subsoil geological structure, we realized that mining of a previously planned underground horizon would be economically inexpedient. Thus, we managed to avoid significant capital outlays," said Alexander Glotov, Director General of PJSC PIMCU. "What we benefit from the system is that it enables forecasting and timely implementation of required repair and restoration works and, therefore, lower costs of mining facility maintenance," Khiagda’s Director General Andrey Gladyshev noted. "The system makes geological and geotechnical data processing fully automated, provides quick access to any geotechnical information and helps identify the best operating modes for operating units," Dalur’s Director General Nikolay Poponin added.
The companies’ engineers are currently working to expand the systems capabilities and together with experts of ARMZ Uranium Holding they are also synchronizing the databases with the head office server. Data synchronization in test mode has been successfully completed. The Competence Centre for geological and mathematical modeling of developing deposits will consolidate forces in analysis and forecasting of the mining processes as well as improve operational safety.