A series of mining-related online calculators are hosted here for public use. The rationale behind the calculators are based on conversations with colleagues and repeated discussions I've seen on LinkedIn and Twitter.
Each of the calculators are Excel based, simple in concept, and can be developed by anyone who knows Excel. My intent is to develop the algorithms and logic for those who can’t or don’t want to take the time to build them. Or maybe someone just wants to play around with some numbers.
Rock Value Calculator
The Rock Value Calculator allows one to calculate both the dollar value of the insitu rock and the NSR rock value. Simply enter the orebody grade data in the yellow shaded cells and the rock values are calculated on a “$ per tonne” basis. Then input the process recoveries and smelter payable factors to determine the NSR rock value. Is the rock high value?
Bench Slope Calculator
The Bench Slope Calculator allows one either to (i) calculate the Inter-Ramp Angle given a set of criteria (Bench Height, Bench Face Angle, and Catch Bench Width); or (ii) calculate the Catch Bench Width given the Bench Height, Bench Face Angle, and Inter-ramp Angle.
Drill Intercept Interpreter
The Drill Intercept Interpreter is used to evaluate if grade smearing or smoothing is occurring when drill intercepts are publicly reported. Input the main interval and the various sub-intervals to calculate the grade of the residual interval. Is it ore or waste?
Drill Intercept Potential-Gold
The Gold Drill Intercept Potential calculator examines numerous gold exploration drill intercepts and provides an opinion on the economic viability of those intercepts. One can enter either the major intercept or highlighted sub-intervals within the main intercept. Are the intercepts, as a whole, likely economic or uneconomic?