The Advanced Orebody Knowledge (AOK) programme is aimed at providing mine planners, rock engineers, geologists and other decision-makers with information and knowledge that will contribute to optimal extraction and zero harm objectives. This knowledge is required ahead of mining to adequately inform day-to-day tactical as well as long term strategic decision-making.
The Advanced Orebody Knowledge programme is implemented in four phases:
- Review – This entails gaining a better understanding of the relevant in-mine environments, to refine the user requirements, thereby enabling the matching of potential technology solutions to specific problems.
- Technology assessment – Conducted in parallel with the first phase with the aim to assess the state of technology, and it will involve comprehensive testing of promising technologies and quantifying the value that these solutions might offer.
- Optimisation / Implementation / Integration – Increased focus on developing the most promising technologies to work more effectively and efficiently, and integrating technologies with the mining production cycle.
- Knowledge transfer – The final phase of the programme will focus on demonstrating solutions to industry and disseminating and transferring knowledge.