Case Studies - Operational Technologies
Simulating Underground and Surface Material Handling Operations
Our Client’s Challenge
Our client wanted to determine how to maximise throughput. In order to do that, they required a tool that would accurately represent its detailed mining operations and report on the capability of its infrastructure to achieve the scheduled production for a given period. The appropriateness of using a simulation model for this study stems from the need for decision support on large capital projects.
Scope of Services
Simulation Engineering Technologies (SET) developed a simulation model that detailed the conveying and screening of different rock types. This happened between the underground storage areas and the trucking of rock on the surface to the load-out station.
The model was used to illustrate the effect on mine performance given appropriate alterations to individual and combinations of system components such as:
- Shift structures
- Buffer capacities
- The production schedule
- Equipment fleet sizing
- Stockyard buffer capacities
- Train arrival variance
- Surface layout optimisation
This study focused specifically on providing our client with insights into the capability of its system to achieve its:
- Intended performance targets
- Potential performance given the identification and alleviation of system constraints and bottlenecks
The incorporation of simulation as a whole has shifted the paradigm for our client. It has provided continual access to a decision-support tool with the capability of being used for both long- and short-term planning going forward.
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