Australian mining solutions developer Maptek has announced the re-launch of open pit scheduler Maptek Evolution, which it acquired from Orelogy in 2014.

Development plans and medium to long-term mine schedules can be prepared using Maptek Evolution software, employing cut-off grade optimisation and contains strategic, tactical planning and optimisation tools.

The tool runs on a cloud-based server using genetic algorithms claimed to be suitable for multi-objective problems such as scheduling.

Maptek mine scheduling manager Steve Craig said: "Processing schedules within a single solution and leveraging the cloud is ten times faster than traditional methods.

"Many iterations are run to analyse the most relevant solution for a particular set of data inputs and operating conditions. Planning teams can concentrate on developing the scenarios that add value."

"Processing schedules within a single solution and leveraging the cloud is ten times faster than traditional methods."

Accounting for the complex, geo-metallurgical environment, the optimisation balances mining, milling and refining capacity constraints to increase value.

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Single source application is straightforward, enabling engineers to easily explore where value could be added to their projects.

The tactical approach of the software generates a production schedule and also optimises the haulage fleet and the shape of waste landforms, resulting in the optimised allocation of haul routes with calculated cycle times, productivity and fuel burns.

"Holistic scheduling ensures optimised haulage routes and grade / tonnage consistency throughout the mine life," Craig added.

According to the company, the integration of Evolution with Maptek Vulcan mine planning software will provide a complete set of operational tools.

Image: Maptek Evolution employs cut-off grade optimisation. Photo: courtesy of Maptek Pty Ltd.