This paper describes a new methodology to assess rock mass-quality to guide blasting in open pit operations. A developed Structural Block Model and Strength-Grade factor have been combined in a Rock Factor, that, exclusively obtained from drilling data, can provide an automatic assessment of rock structure, strength, and waste/ore identification.
This paper highlights the opportunities provided by integrating MWD data and drone generated 3D model to industries that use explosive energy to perform useful work as an integral part of their rock extraction process.