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Manual de Muestreo

Manual de Muestreo

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 Introducción al MuestreoMinero
por Marco Antonio Alfaro SironvalleSantiago, Chile, 2002
 
 
Instituto de Ingenieros de Minas de Chile.
Encomenderos 260, Of. 31. Tel (56-2) 2461615, Fax 2466387.E-Mail:instituto@iimch.cl Web: http://www.iimch.cl Santiago, Chile, 2002.
Es Propiedad.Prohibida la reproducción parcial o total sin autorización del autor.
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 Preface
Is there a single important decision made on a mining project that is not in a way or another, directly or indirectly based on some kind of assayed grade, or in other terms on a mineral sample? And who, in the end, is responsible for the devastatingconsequences of taking bad samples?It clearly is a subject of utmost importance that Dr. Marco Alfaro has decided tobring to his audience in this simple, yet fundamental leaflet, which is directed notonly to technical professionals of the mining industry, but also to those whomanage them and bear the ultimate responsibility for the results andconsequences of mineral sampling. In this piece of work, Dr. Alfaro genuinelymakes justice to the simplicity of sampling theory, and to the many services itrenders and has rendered the industry over several decades of applications.Like in many a discipline, however, there is Sampling and ‘Sampling’, good andpoor applications, enlightenment and ignorance, science and witchcraft. Practicalimplementations have kept improving, but have also suffered through manyavatars, not all consistent with its eminently scientific approach. Erroneoussampling equipment and experimental procedures, incorrect application modelsand formulae, based on a highly commercial but appallingly arbitrary modusoperandi, have made their way into our service and equipment markets, and arecurrently offered to the non-discerning professional. The utmost critical sense andprudence must be exercised.It is to Dr. Alfaro’s credit to have presented in a simple and short publication all thetools that will help the professional of the industry, as well as
the managers anddirectors who are committed to the success of mining projects
, tell the goodfrom the bad, and not fall prey to ‘imitation sampling theory’ which plagues our plants, our mines, and even some of our ‘consultants’ calculations.As active devotees to the future and growth of genuine sampling theory, we feelindebted to Dr. Alfaro and thank him very much for this commendable effort.Pierre Gy & Dominique Francois-Bongarcon
Sampling Associates
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