Published On: 11/24/2015

Open Pit Mine Planning & Design, third edition, now available

The Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration (SME) is pleased to announce the availability of the third edition of Open Pit Mine Planning & Design, published by CRC Press. This two-volume set has long been the industry’s most complete and authoritative account of modern open pit mining. The third edition has been expanded to include mine planning, mining revenues and costs, orebody descriptions, geometrical considerations, production planning and more.

SME Executive Director David L. Kanagy stated, “This publication is an invaluable reference guide for mining engineers worldwide, as well as an effective learning tool for undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate courses. SME is pleased to include it in our growing library of mining industry offerings for our members.” 

This fundamental publication includes topics such as:

  • Pit limits.

  • Reporting of mineral resources and ore reserves.

  • Responsible mining.

  • Rock blasting.

  • Rotary drilling.

  • Machine availability and utilization.

  • Orebody case examples.

Building on the success of its predecessor publication, the third edition has been updated by William Hustrulid, Mark Kuchta and Randall Martin. As an added bonus, the MicroModel mine design software has been included. The software guides the reader through the planning and design steps, and the eight drill hole data sets allow the reader to
practice the described principles on different mining properties.

To order your copy of Open Pit Mine Planning & Design, third edition, click here. The 1,308 page, two-volume set, also includes a CD.

The Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration Inc. (SME) is a professional society (nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation) whose more than 15,000 membership represents all professionals serving the minerals industry in more than 100 countries. SME members include engineers, geologists, metallurgists, educators, students and researchers. SME advances the worldwide mining and underground construction community through information exchange and professional development. SME's staff is located in Englewood, Colorado.

For more information contact John Hayden, Deputy Executive Director - Public Affairs and Government Relations, at (303) 948-4250 or