Journal article

A Decomposition-Based Heuristic for Collaborative Scheduling in a Network of Open-Pit Mines

Michelle L Blom, Christina N Burt, Adrian R Pearce, Peter J Stuckey

INFORMS JOURNAL ON COMPUTING | INFORMS | Published : 2014

Abstract

We consider the short-term production scheduling problem for a network of multiple open-pit mines and ports. Ore produced at each mine is transported by rail to a set of ports and blended into signature products for shipping. Consistency in the grade and quality of production over time is critical for customer satisfaction, whereas the maximal production of blended products is required to maximise profit. In practice, short-term schedules are formed independently at each mine, tasked with achieving the grade and quality targets outlined in a medium-term plan. However, because of uncertainty in the data available to a medium-term planner and the dynamics of the mining environment, such target..

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