Optimal layout of underground mining levels

CIM Bulletin, Vol. 78, No. 873, 1985

YVES LIZOTTE, Assistant Professor, Department of Mining & Metallurgical Engineering, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, JORGEN ELBROND, Professor, Department of Mineral Engineering, Ecole Polytechnique, Montreal, Quebec

A mathematical procedure for determining the underground mining level layout which minimizes the total costs of excavation and haulage is described. This procedure has the advantage over previous graphical procedures of being easily amenable to microcomputers. The paper demonstrates through examples how the procedure can be applied to minimizing discounted costs of level layout as well as providing the optimal location of a production shaft.
Keywords: Underground mining, Mine layout, Optimization, Discounted costs, Microcomputers, Computer applications.
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