Maptek Evolution

Strategic Mine Planning

Maptek Evolution enables users to maximise the value of a deposit without compromising operations.

It produces medium, long term and strategic life of mine schedules which reduce operating costs.

This enterprise level scheduling solution optimises net present value using grade cut-off techniques, a proven method for maximising project value. Evolution also optimises the haulage fleet to deliver cost savings early in the schedule.

Further savings can be achieved with waste dump optimisation. Benefits include deferred capital expenditure, minimised clearance costs, and improved waste planning. An efficient rehabilitation stage means environmental bonds can be returned sooner.

Evolution delivers systematic production schedules along with a practical development plan. It is intelligent enough to concurrently consider multiple objectives, so there is no need to aggregate data.

Evolution is an agile, dynamic solution for targeting complex, real world challenges.

Practical high value schedules throughout the mine lifecycle

  • Rapidly assess thousands of scenarios based on the resource model and choose the best option
  • Block-by-block scheduling across all planning horizons generates data for dynamic modelling
  • Make informed, confident decisions regarding scheduling that reduce costs and maximise the resource

Generate multiple schedules from a single simulation run

  • Uses a single dataset to schedule across planning horizons, ensuring consistency of tonnes and grade throughout the mine life
  • Optimise the life of mine while meeting product specifications for each period
  • Know where every block will be mined from and where it will go to help ensure no valuable ore is left in the ground

Streamlined workflow and powerful tools

  • Integrated mine design and scheduling
  • User-friendly interface is easy to set up and configure schedules
  • Generate multiple scenarios offline while continuing with other work
  • Models and scheduling results can be clearly presented to explain plans and justify results


  • Align planning horizons
  • Hit blending targets
  • Variable cut-off grade ore definition
  • Holistic scheduling
  • Block-by-block scheduling
  • Optimise NPV
  • Schedule with multiple objectives
  • Compare schedules with block models
  • Drill down into schedules
  • Schedule auditability

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Introducing Maptek Evolution

Case Studies

Calculate haulage while scheduling

Evolution calculates haulage data on the fly when running schedules, helping to rationalise costs early in the mining project.

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Integrated haulage strategy cuts costs

Maptek recently added advanced strategic mine scheduling optimisation tools to its mine planning capabilities.

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Benefit Study

Reserving the Maptek way

Evolution challenges the paradigm that reserving is onerous and requires high levels of programming expertise to generate reliable results.

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White Paper

Applying Modern Heuristics to Maximising NPV through Cut-off Grade Optimisation

This paper presented at Orebody Modelling & Mine Planning in 2014 discusses the advantages of various optimisation techniques. It concludes that evolutionary algorithms are agile and easily adaptable, making them suitable for solving complex real world mining problems.

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