An MILP approach to Multi-location, Multi-Period Equipment Selection for Surface Mining with Case Studies

In the surface mining industry, the Equipment Selection Problem involves choosing an appropriate fleet of trucks and loaders such that the long-term mine plan can be satisfied. An important characteristic for multi-location (multi-location and multi-dumpsite) mines is that the underlying problem is a multi-commodity flow problem. The problem is therefore at least as difficult as … Read more

Equipment Selection for Surface Mining: A Review

One of the challenging problems for surface mining operation optimization is choosing the optimal truck and loader fleet. This problem is the Equipment Selection Problem (ESP). In this paper, we describe the ESP in the context of surface mining. We discuss related problems and applications. Within the scope of both the ESP and related problems, … Read more