Developing an engineering geological model in the fractured and brecciated rocks of a copper porphyry deposit
Published:January 01, 2016
R. Cammack, 2016. "Developing an engineering geological model in the fractured and brecciated rocks of a copper porphyry deposit", Developments in Engineering Geology, M. J. Eggers, J. S. Griffiths, S. Parry, M. G. Culshaw
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Successful open-pit slope design depends on the formulation of a representative geotechnical model. This paper presents the development of an engineering geological rock-mass model as part of a feasibility geotechnical study for the Tampakan copper/gold open-pit mine in the Philippines. This porphyry deposit has been subjected to several cycles of volcanism, chemical alteration and tectonic disturbance resulting in a complex, highly fractured and brecciated rock mass. The model requirements for design were identified early in the project and a unique geotechnical logging system was developed to effectively capture the relevant rock-mass characteristics.
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