Waste rock dumping optimisation using mixed integer programming (MIP)

Li, Yu, Topal, Erkan and Williams, David (2013) Waste rock dumping optimisation using mixed integer programming (MIP). International Journal of Mining, Reclamation and Environment, 27 6: 425-436. doi:10.1080/17480930.2013.794513

Author Li, Yu
Topal, Erkan
Williams, David
Title Waste rock dumping optimisation using mixed integer programming (MIP)
Journal name International Journal of Mining, Reclamation and Environment   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1748-0930
Publication date 2013-01-01
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/17480930.2013.794513
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 27
Issue 6
Start page 425
End page 436
Total pages 12
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom
Publisher Taylor and Francis
Language eng
Subject 1405 Management of Technology and Innovation
1904 Performing Arts and Creative Writing
1907 Geology
1909 Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology
Abstract Despite the fact that waste rock hauling and dumping comprises a large proportion of the cost of materials handling in an open pit mine, little detailed planning is devoted to optimising waste rock dumping. The lack of such planning could result in long-term exposure of potential acid forming (PAF) waste rock, causing acid mine drainage (AMD), which would incur ongoing collection and treatment costs. A waste rock dumping plan that not only minimises hauling costs, but also involves the encapsulation of PAF waste rock to minimise AMD, would benefit a mining operation economically and environmentally. In order to create such a plan, two new mixed integer programming (MIP) models are formulated and tested with a five-year mining schedule. Optimised dumping plans are automatically generated, which detail the dumping location for each mining block. A manual approach is also attempted, and comparison shows that the MIP models have obvious advantages in error prevention, faster solution time and cost saving, by up to 9.5%. © 2013
Keyword Acid mine drainage prevention
Mine waste rock dumping
Mixed integer programming
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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