Two narrow-vein project experts reveal when the mechanized raise-climber mining method is more efficient than the long hole open-stope mining method, and when it is not

By Jesse Morton, Technical Writer

Size matters. Longitudinal data reveals that the thickness of a vein can determine whether the mechanized raise-climber mining (MRCM) method will be more efficient than the long hole open-stoping (LHOS) method.

This is according to research by Ken McKirdy, chief engineer, and Tracy Kitchkeesick, technical services manager, Manroc Developments Inc., and reported at the 2018 Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum (CIM) conference. Afterward, the former sat down with E&MJ to elaborate.
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