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February 2019
Volume 71    Issue 2

Using slope design fundamentals and technology for slope steeping on a final wall at the Goldstrike openpit

Mining Engineering, 2019, Vol. 71, No. 2, pp. 20-20
Mattern, Jeff


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Slope performance monitoring, dependable operational practices and ongoing collection of geologic data in openpit slopes all provide valuable information for quantifying potential steepening of subsequent slopes. Mining at the Goldstrike openpit has been ongoing since the early 1980s, having its share of slope instabilities. In areas where slopes have remained stable, consideration has been made for potential slope steepening of final walls.

While technology can be efficient, interesting for collecting needed data, slope design fundamentals based on that data can be applied to create much added value.Slope performance monitoring, dependable operational practices and ongoing collection of geologic data in openpit slopes all provide valuable information for quantifying potential steepening of subsequent slopes. Mining at the Goldstrike openpit has been ongoing since the early 1980s, having its share of slope instabilities. In areas where slopes have remained stable, consideration has been made for potential slope steepening of final walls.
While technology can be efficient, interesting for collecting needed data, slope design fundamentals based on that data can be applied to create much added value. 



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