Scope StatementCamecoCorporation’s Eagle Point Mine is an active underground uranium operationlocated at the Rabbit Lake mine site in northern Saskatchewan. Eagle PointDeposit was initially discovered in 1980 by Gulf Minerals Canada Ltd. whiledrill testing geophysical and geochemical anomalies northeast along strike fromthe Collins Bay Uranium deposits.
The Eagle Point deposit is largely under thebed of Collins Bay. Sublevel open stopping method is used at Eagle Point mineto extract the uranium. The uranium mined at Eagle Point Mine is processed atRabbit Lake Mill. Cameco Corporation is expanding Eagle Point Mine below the542 level to extract a new ore zone. Iwould like to develop a mining plan to successfully mine the new area as mycapstone project. The purpose of this project is to develop an optimum miningplan based on the selection of an appropriate mining method to extract a newore zone.
The following tasks would be included in this project:· A detailed background investigation into theRabbit Lake Mine area. · A literature review which included backfill,mining methods, and required equipment. · A preliminary analysis of mining methods usingthe UBC (University of British Columbia) mining method selection and Taylor’sRule. · Development of infrastructure tonnage and costs.· Use of AutoCAD/Vulcan software to present theinitial development of the mining plan. · Development infrastructure tonnage and costs.
· Mineral reserve estimates for the new miningzone, including cut-off grade, dilution, and recovery rates. · Develop a production schedule to successfullymine the new area. MethodologyThe primary stepfor this project is to do the literature review based on detailed informationsuch as thehistory of Rabbit Lake Mine, Eagle Point Mine’s current production, orebodyshape, geology, cost analysis, current mining method, equipments available atsite and project constraints. The mining method will be based on the ore-bodygeometry and rock mass characteristics. The UBC mining method and Taylor’s Rulewill be used to select the optimum method. The production rates, tonnage, valueof deposit, operating costs, equipment requirement and design calculations willbe done after the selecting mining method. The layout will be designed as perore deposit shape, equipment size and any other requirements to complete theoperations.
Eventually, a production schedule will be developed to mine the newore zone using the Microsoft Project.Sourcesof InformationThefollowing resources will be required to successfully complete my project:· Internet will bethe primary source of information for this project.· Cameco Corporationofficial website: www.cameco.com· SaskatchewanPolytechnic Library· Textbook:Introductory Mining Engineering (Hartman, 1961)· Information andmaterial provided by the instructor· Computer softwaresuch as:- Designing Software: AutoCAD/Vulcan- Microsoft Office Suite, including Microsoft ProjectWorkScheduleThis project comes under PROJ – 297, which runs fromJanuary to May. So, the proposed work schedule for my project is as follows: Literature Review January-February Methodology February-March Design March-April Mining schedule April Proof Reading for Technical Report May Poster May Presentation May Risk Register Identified Risk Root Cause Potential Solution Scope Creep · 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 changes · Avoid gold plating ideas in project Identified Risk Root Cause Potential Solution Insufficient resources · Lack of commitment · Inability to secure sufficient resources · Explore various channels to secure resources · Consider alternative approaches Time Management · Study load of other courses, assignments, exams · Any health issues can cause delays · Make a proper time table · Always try to do other works well in advance · Follow safety measures to stay fit and to avoid any injury Design and Technology · Infeasible design · Low flexibility in design · Incorrect calculations · Poor Quality of designing software as well as computer · Always do design reviews · Use proper methods for calculations and verify them · Fix the problems regarding technical equipments as soon as possible Communication · Hesitation in discussing issues · Misunderstanding and misinterpretation of requirements · Availability of required person · Discuss problems with instructors · Do weekly or bi-weekly meetings with project head/instructor · Prior requests to meet anyone Conclusion