OPTIMUM OPEN PIT MINE PRODUCTION SCHEDULING
CALIFORNIA UNIV BERKELEY OPERATIONS RESEARCH CENTER
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The multi-period open pit mine production scheduling problem is formulated as a large scale linear programming problem using the block concept. A solution procedure is developed through decomposition and partitioning of the subproblem into elementary profit routing problems for which an algorithm is presented. Many of the traditional mine planning concepts are discussed and suggestions for improvement through use of the techniques developed in this thesis are given. In the development of the solution procedure, those constraints which govern the mining system are considered as the master problem. The constraints which dictate the sequence of extraction are used as the subproblem. The properties of the single period subproblem and its dual are discussed, and the dual problem is shown to be equivalent to a bipartite maximum flow problem for which an algorithm is given. The Multi-period subproblem algorithm is developed by partitioning by stages and using the properties of the single period subproblem. This treatment allows optimization of the complete mining-concentrating-refining system over the entire planning horizon and permits the system to dictate how and when to process a block of material.
- Mining Engineering