Constanza specialises in Rock Fragmentation by Drilling and Blasting.

In her current research project: “Measuring While Drilling for rock mass characterisation in Comminution” she studies how the MWD data profiles and their variability can be combined with other sources of information and process knowledge to predict the comminution behaviour of rocks using advanced statistical analysis and grouping techniques. Her main goal is to develop a practical tool for mineral processing engineers to optimise the comminution circuits with real time information.

Constanza is a PhD Research student in Mining Engineering at the Julius Kruttschnitt Mineral Research Centre (JKMRC). She obtained a Bachelor in Engineering Sciences (Mining and Metallurgical Engineering) with Highest Honours from the University of Chile in 2010 and a Mining Engineering degree with Highest Honours in 2012 from the same university. She completed her studies with a full tuition scholarship from the University of Chile and a living allowance scholarship from Anglo American Chile.

Before joining SMI, Constanza worked for 2.5 years as a consultant in Loading, Hauling and Drilling Automation in open pit mining for Modular Mining Systems, developing projects for several mines in Chile and Bulgaria; during this time she was certified by Prosci® as a Change Management Practitioner and received two Modular Mining Systems Great Ideas awards for innovative ways on how to apply fleet management systems data into air quality and crusher control.

Constanza is a lecturer at Universidad de Concepción, Chile, and travels periodically to Concepción to fulfil her lecturing duties in Drilling and Blasting for the Mining Engineering program. Her story was recently featured in the book “100 mujeres y sus historias de la Minería Chilena” compiled by Women in Mining Chile.

Key Publications

Kracht, W., Emery, X., & Paredes, C. (2013). A stochastic approach for measuring bubble size distribution via image analysis. International Journal of Mineral Processing, 121, 6-11.