what is stockpile measurement

Stockpile Measurement:

Stockpile measurement is a technique to measure and quantify the volume and weight of bulk materials, stockpile measurement is an integral part of the bulk material handling process.


Determining the volume of the stockpile


Any shape of the stockpile can be measured as long as the whole surface is visible, Choosing the most appropriate technique and instrumentation for stockpile measurement is dependent on some factors such as the purpose of the survey, accessibility, visibility, the topographical and morphological condition of the site, weather condition, safety, the level of accuracy, and the cost of the survey project. A few of the surveyor’s tools for measurement include Total Station, GPS(DGPS), LIDAR, Mobile-based LIDAR, UAV, and smartphone-based stockpile measurement app.


Density determination


Determining the density is required to compute overall tonnage. Bulk density is determined from the average density of samples taken in the field of an individual stockpile. Stockpile density is not a constant value across the pile due to compaction either mechanical or natural and the height and depth at which sampling is done. Standard test methods should be followed  for Determination of Bulk Density


Tonnage computation


Once the  bulk density and the volume are known, the total tons of the bulk material can be easily determined/calculated by using the following calculation:


Tonnage(stockpile) = Volume(stockpile) X Density(stockpile)


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