Computer-aided short-term mine planning

CIM Bulletin, Vol. 78, No. 879, 1985

PETER J. FRANKLIN, Senior Mining Engineer, Steffen Robertson & Kirsten (B.C.) Inc.

Short-term mine planning of open pits is an activity that has historically been carried out by hand. Typically, the use of computers has played little part in this type of mine planning. This paper describes the objectives and the procedures involved in short-term mine planning, comments on the type of computer systems available, and describes in detail a computer-aided short-term planning and scheduling system known as STEPS.
Keywords: Open-pit mining, Mine planning, Computer systems, STEPS, Scheduling, Optimization.