Rem: Revista Escola de Minas
Print version ISSN 0370-4467
CHIEREGATI, Ana Carolina; DELBONI JR., Homero; COSTA, João Felipe Coimbra Leite and CARNEIRO, Fernanda Bastos. Proactive reconciliation in mining industry. Rem: Rev. Esc. Minas [online]. 2008, vol.61, n.3, pp. 297-302. ISSN 0370-4467. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0370-44672008000300006.
The common practice of reconciliation is based on definition of the mine call factor (MCF) and its application to resource or grade control estimates. The MCF expresses the difference, a ratio or percentage, between the predicted grade and the grade reported by the plant. Therefore, its application allows to correct future estimates. This practice is named reactive reconciliation. However, the use of generic factors that are applied across differing time scales and material types often disguises the causes of the error responsible for the discrepancy. The root causes of any given variance can only be identified by analyzing the information behind any variance and, then, making changes to methodologies and processes. This practice is named prognostication, or proactive reconciliation, an iterative process resulting in constant recalibration of the inputs and the calculations. The prognostication allows personnel to adjust processes so that results align within acceptable tolerance ranges, and not only to correct model estimates. This study analyses the reconciliation practices performed at a gold mine in Brazil and suggests a new sampling protocol, based on prognostication concepts.
Keywords : Reconciliation; prognostication; sampling.