White Papers

Mine Scheduling Reinvented

This 2019 ebook explores universal themes around how scheduling should preserve orebody knowledge, the benefits of knowledge replacing assumptions, and how an integrated process across mine planning, scheduling and production provides effective decision support.

Capital Decisions as Part of Strategic Scheduling Process

This 2019 conference paper presents the benefits of a global optimisation approach using a customised memetic algorithm. This synergy of evolutionary and classical optimisation techniques can optimise strategic capital decisions while taking into account multiple mining policies.

Breaking the Billion-Variable Barrier in Real-World Optimization Using a Customized Evolutionary Algorithm

This 2016 conference paper outlines how a customised optimisation algorithm was developed and tested on a casting scheduling scenario in a foundry. The research aimed to identify critical factors in handling tens of thousands of variables to find near-optimal solutions in a computationally fast manner.

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

This paper presented at AusIMM 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.