Corporation’s Eagle Point Mine is an active underground uranium operation
located at the Rabbit Lake mine site in northern Saskatchewan. Eagle Point
Deposit was initially discovered in 1980 by Gulf Minerals Canada Ltd. while
drill testing geophysical and geochemical anomalies northeast along strike from
the Collins Bay Uranium deposits. The Eagle Point deposit is largely under the
bed of Collins Bay. Sublevel open stopping method is used at Eagle Point mine
to extract the uranium. The uranium mined at Eagle Point Mine is processed at
Rabbit Lake Mill. Cameco Corporation is expanding Eagle Point Mine below the
542 level to extract a new ore zone.
would like to develop a mining plan to successfully mine the new area as my
capstone project. The purpose of this project is to develop an optimum mining
plan based on the selection of an appropriate mining method to extract a new
ore zone. The following tasks would be included in this project:
A detailed background investigation into the
Rabbit Lake Mine area.
A literature review which included backfill,
mining methods, and required equipment.
A preliminary analysis of mining methods using
the UBC (University of British Columbia) mining method selection and Taylor’s
Development of infrastructure tonnage and costs.
Use of AutoCAD/Vulcan software to present the
initial development of the mining plan.
Development infrastructure tonnage and costs.
Mineral reserve estimates for the new mining
zone, including cut-off grade, dilution, and recovery rates.
Develop a production schedule to successfully
mine the new area.
The primary step
for this project is to do the literature review based on detailed information
such as the
history of Rabbit Lake Mine, Eagle Point Mine’s current production, orebody
shape, geology, cost analysis, current mining method, equipments available at
site and project constraints. The mining method will be based on the ore-body
geometry and rock mass characteristics. The UBC mining method and Taylor’s Rule
will be used to select the optimum method. The production rates, tonnage, value
of deposit, operating costs, equipment requirement and design calculations will
be done after the selecting mining method. The layout will be designed as per
ore deposit shape, equipment size and any other requirements to complete the
operations. Eventually, a production schedule will be developed to mine the new
ore zone using the Microsoft Project.
following resources will be required to successfully complete my project:
Internet will be
the primary source of information for this project.
official website: www.cameco.com
Introductory Mining Engineering (Hartman, 1961)
material provided by the instructor
– Designing Software: AutoCAD/Vulcan
– Microsoft Office Suite, including Microsoft Project
This project comes under PROJ – 297, which runs from
January to May. So, the proposed work schedule for my project is as follows:
Proof Reading for Technical Report
Lack of clarity about the project
Lack of foresight and planning
Failure to fully understand the problem
Large number of changes in project scope
Do proper planning and clearly
define requirements of project
Control the growth of scope
Be prepared to defend against excessive
Avoid gold plating ideas in project
Inability to secure
Explore various channels to secure
Consider alternative approaches
Study load of
other courses, assignments, exams
issues can cause delays
Make a proper
Always try to do
other works well in advance
measures to stay fit and to avoid any injury
Poor Quality of
designing software as well as computer
Always do design reviews
methods for calculations and verify them
Fix the problems
regarding technical equipments as soon as possible
and misinterpretation of requirements
Do weekly or bi-weekly meetings with project
to meet anyone