A Framework for Adaptive Open-pit Mining Planning under Geological Uncertainty

Mine planning optimization aims at maximizing the profit obtained from extracting valuable ore. Beyond its theoretical complexity (the open-pit mining problem with capacity constraints reduces to a knapsack problem with precedence constraints, which is NP-hard), practical instances of the problem usually involve a large to very large number of decision variables, typically of the order … Read more

A continuous model for open pit mine planning

This paper proposes a new mathematical model for the open pit mine planning problem, based on continuous functional analysis. The traditional models for this problem have been constructed by using discrete 0-1 decision variables, giving rise to large-scale combinatorial and Mixed Integer Programming (MIP) problems. Instead, we use a continuous approach which allows for a … Read more