Journal article

Network optimization for the design of underground mines

M Brazil, DA Thomas

NETWORKS | JOHN WILEY & SONS INC | Published : 2007


Efficient methods to model and optimize the design of open-cut mines have been known for many years. The design of the infrastructure of underground mines has a similar potential for optimization and strategic planning. In this article we discuss the use of network optimization to tackle this problem. The idea is to design a connected system of declines, ramps, drives, and possibly shafts, to minimize capital development and haulage costs over the lifetime of a mine. This can be modeled as a variation on the Steiner problem, with suitable metric and constraints. These constraints include: an upper bound on the absolute gradient of arcs in the embedded network (typically 1/7), turning circle ..

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