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

Solving mixed integer nonlinear programming problems for mine production planning with stockpiling

The open-pit mine production scheduling problem has received a great deal of attention in recent years, both in the academic literature, and in the mining industry. Optimization approaches to strategic planning for mine exploitation have become the industry standard. However most of these approaches focus on extraction sequencing, and don’t consider the material flow after … Read more