Itasca developed a numerical model to estimate gold (Au) production from heapleach operations. The objective was to simulate Au heap leaching using a model based on fluid flow and mass-transport (hydrodynamic modeling) in a partially saturated pad, and quantitatively assess monthly production of gold-cyanide production (AuCN).
The theme of RockEng22 is Canadian Strengths and Future Directions in Rock Mechanics.
Mr. Blanksma develops numerical modeling software for engineering applications. His area of expertise includes finite volume/difference and discrete element numerical methods. His experience includes GUI development for building meshes in continuum codes. Additionally, he has helped in the development of the 2D continuum code FLAC2D. The projects included implementing the Dynamics, and most recently, the Interface functionality in the code.
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