Presidential address: Optimization in underground mine planning-developments and opportunities.

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dc.contributor.author Musingwini, C.
dc.date.accessioned 2018-08-24T10:30:17Z
dc.date.available 2018-08-24T10:30:17Z
dc.date.issued 2016-09
dc.identifier.citation Musingwini, C. 2016. Presidential address: Optimization in underground mine planning-developments and opportunities. Journal of the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy 116(9), pp. 809-820. http://dx.doi.org/10.17159/2411-9717/2016/v116n9a1 en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 2225-6253
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10539/25482
dc.description Presidential address presented at the The Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy Annual General Meeting on 11 August 2016. en_ZA
dc.description.abstract The application of mining-specific and generic optimization techniques in the mining industry is deeply rooted in the discipline of operations research (OR). OR has its origins in the British Royal Air Force and Army around the early 1930s. Its development continued during and after World War II. The application of OR techniques to optimization in the mining industry started to emerge in the early 1960s. Since then, optimization techniques have been applied to solve widely different mine planning problems. Mine planning plays an important role in the mine value chain as operations are measured against planned targets in order to evaluate operational performance. An optimized mine plan is expected to be sufficiently robust to ensure that actual outcomes are close or equal to planned targets, provided that variances due to poor performance are minimal. Despite the proliferation of optimization techniques in mine planning, optimization in underground mine planning is less extensively developed and applied than in open pit mine planning. This is due to the fact that optimization in underground mine planning is far more complex than open pit optimization. Optimization in underground mine planning has been executed in four broad areas, namely: development layouts, stope envelopes, production scheduling, and equipment selection and utilization. This paper highlights commonly applied optimization techniques, explores developments and opportunities, and makes a case for integrated three-dimensional (3D) stochastic optimization, in underground mine planning. en_ZA
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher The Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy. en_ZA
dc.rights © 2016. The Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy. This Journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. en_ZA
dc.subject Open pit mining en_ZA
dc.subject Optimization en_ZA
dc.subject Underground equipment en_ZA
dc.subject Military operations en_ZA
dc.subject Operations research en_ZA
dc.subject Underground mine planning en_ZA
dc.subject Production control en_ZA
dc.subject Operational performance en_ZA
dc.title Presidential address: Optimization in underground mine planning-developments and opportunities. en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA
dc.journal.volume 116 en_ZA
dc.journal.title Journal of the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy. en_ZA
dc.description.librarian MvdH2018 en_ZA
dc.citation.doi 10.17159/2411-9717/2016/v116n9a1 en_ZA
dc.citation.epage 820 en_ZA
dc.citation.issue 9 en_ZA
dc.citation.spage 809 en_ZA
dc.orcid.id 0000-0002-5150-4749 en_ZA


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