Whether it is for late stage exploration or in-mine drilling programs it is vital to maximize the sampling potential. It represents a significant budget item and forms the basis from which the company develops its resource base and strategies for mineral extraction, processing, and marketing.
Given the value that exploration generates for a mining company optimizing advanced exploration drilling programs help reduce the overall cost and potentially increase the quality of the resulting resource model. The ultimate goal is to maximize the confidence of a given resource so that management can affect appropriate and strategic business decisions positively impacting the company's net worth.
At the very least, any significant savings by means of drill program optimization can be reallocated to other priorities within the overall exploration or mining strategy.