Scheduling with Fixed Maintenance, Shared Resources and Nonlinear Feedrate Constraints: A Mine Planning Case Study

  • Christina N. BurtEmail author
  • Nir Lipovetzky
  • Adrian R. Pearce
  • Peter J. Stuckey
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Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9075)


Given a short term mining plan, the task for an operational mine planner is to determine how the equipment in the mine should be used each day. That is, how crushers, loaders and trucks should be used to realise the short term plan. It is important to achieve both grade targets (by blending) and maximise the utilisation (i.e., throughput) of the mine. The resulting problem is a non-linear scheduling problem with maintenance constraints, blending and shared resources. In this paper, we decompose this problem into two parts: the blending, and the utilisation problems. We then focus our attention on the utilisation problem. We examine how to model and solve it using alternative approaches: specifically, constraint programming, MIQP and MINLP. We provide a repair heuristic based on an outer-approximation, and empirically demonstrate its effectiveness for solving the real-world instances of operational mine planning obtained from our industry partner.


Schedule Problem Constraint Programming Maintenance Task Industry Partner Mixed Integer Nonlinear Programming 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Christina N. Burt
    • 1
    Email author
  • Nir Lipovetzky
    • 1
  • Adrian R. Pearce
    • 1
  • Peter J. Stuckey
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Computing and Information SystemsThe University of MelbourneParkvilleAustralia

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