Accounting for non-stationarity via hyper-dimensional translation of the domain in geostatistical modeling

  • Author / Creator
    Cuba Espinoza, Miguel Angel
  • Medium and short term mine planning require models of mineral deposits that account for internal geological structures that permit scheduling of mine production at a weekly and monthly production periods. Modified kriging estimation techniques are used for accounting for such geologic structures. However, in the case of simulation, it is strongly linked to the use of sequential Gaussian simulation which has difficulties in reproducing internal geologic patterns.
    This thesis presents: (1) a set of tools to verify the impact of mean and variance trends in a domain; (2) a methodology for identifying highly variable sub-regions within domains; and (3) a simulation methodology that accounts for the internal structures in the domain required by medium and short term planning. Specifically, the simulation approach consists of: (1) moving the domain to a high dimensional space where the features of the internal structures in the domain are more stationary, (2) simulating the realizations via sequential Gaussian simulation, and (3) projecting the results to the initial dimensional space.

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  • Graduation date
    Fall 2009
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    Master of Science
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