Operations research for mining : a classification and literature review

Kozan, Erhan & Liu, Shi Qiang (2011) Operations research for mining : a classification and literature review. ASOR Bulletin, 30(1), pp. 2-23.

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In this paper, we describe the main processes and operations in mining industries and present a comprehensive survey of operations research methodologies that have been applied over the last several decades. The literature review is classified into four main categories: mine design; mine production; mine transportation; and mine evaluation. Mining design models are further separated according to two main mining methods: open-pit and underground. Moreover, mine production models are subcategorised into two groups: ore mining and coal mining. Mine transportation models are further partitioned in accordance with fleet management, truck haulage and train scheduling. Mine evaluation models are further subdivided into four clusters in terms of mining method selection, quality control, financial risks and environmental protection. The main characteristics of four Australian commercial mining software are addressed and compared. This paper bridges the gaps in the literature and motivates researchers to develop more applicable, realistic and comprehensive operations research models and solution techniques that are directly linked with mining industries.

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ID Code: 48661
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: mine design, mine production, mine transportation, mine evaluation, mine planning, mine scheduling
ISSN: 0812-860X
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Mathematical Sciences
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 ASOR.
Deposited On: 17 Feb 2012 04:33
Last Modified: 17 Feb 2012 04:33

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