An operational-level multi-stage mine production timetabling model for optimally synchronising drilling, blasting and excavating operations

Kozan, Erhan & Liu, Shi Qiang (2016) An operational-level multi-stage mine production timetabling model for optimally synchronising drilling, blasting and excavating operations. . (In Press)

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Abstract

This paper proposes a new multi-stage mine production timetabling (MMPT) model to optimise open-pit mine production operations including drilling, blasting and excavating under real-time mining constraints. The MMPT problem is formulated as a mixed integer programming model and can be optimally solved for small-size MMPT instances by IBM ILOG-CPLEX. Due to NP-hardness, an improved shifting-bottleneck-procedure algorithm based on the extended disjunctive graph is developed to solve large-size MMPT instances in an effective and efficient way. Extensive computational experiments are presented to validate the proposed algorithm that is able to efficiently obtain the near-optimal operational timetable of mining equipment units. The advantages are indicated by sensitivity analysis under various real-life scenarios. The proposed MMPT methodology is promising to be implemented as a tool for mining industry because it is straightforwardly modelled as a standard scheduling model, efficiently solved by the heuristic algorithm, and flexibly expanded by adopting additional industrial constraints.

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ID Code: 93446
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: open-pit mining, drilling, blasting, excavating, heuristics, disjunctive graph
DOI: 10.1080/17480930.2016.1160818
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES (010000) > APPLIED MATHEMATICS (010200) > Operations Research (010206)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > RESOURCES ENGINEERING AND EXTRACTIVE METALLURGY (091400) > Mining Engineering (091405)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Mathematical Sciences
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Facilities: Science and Engineering Centre
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2016 Taylor & Francis Group
Deposited On: 07 Mar 2016 02:35
Last Modified: 10 Jun 2016 12:17

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