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NPV Scheduler

The complete strategic mine planning system

NPV Scheduler The complete strategic mine planning system From Geological Model to Mine Plan NPV Scheduler
NPV Scheduler The complete strategic mine planning system From Geological Model to Mine Plan NPV Scheduler

From Geological Model to Mine Plan

NPV Scheduler is the most complete and versatile tool for strategic open pit mine planning on the market. Functionality spans everything from preliminary modeling through to building detailed life-of-mine plans with practical push-backs and scheduling.

Benefits

Optimized strategic mine plan with design and schedule contained in one system

Ultimate pits are optimized for maximum cash flow (base and precious metals) or maximum reserve life (industrial minerals). Pits are optimally sequenced to maximize NPV or achieve material blend

Fast, practical, mineable pushback generation

Sophisticated scheduling, blending, stockpiling, grade optimization, process optimization, production targeting and haulage optimization

Easy-to-use methodology with multiple layers of sophistication, from quick studies to detailed mine plans

Methodology

from quick studies to detailed mine plans Methodology Geological Model Import a geological block model with
from quick studies to detailed mine plans Methodology Geological Model Import a geological block model with
from quick studies to detailed mine plans Methodology Geological Model Import a geological block model with
from quick studies to detailed mine plans Methodology Geological Model Import a geological block model with
from quick studies to detailed mine plans Methodology Geological Model Import a geological block model with

Geological Model

Import a geological block model with grade, lithology, topography, surfaces and mining boundaries. Digitize plan data. Model may also contain recovery, cost and slope information.

Economic Model

Input commodity prices, mining costs, processing costs and recoveries to create a three-dimensional economic model with “intrinsic block values”.

Nested Pits

Generate a set of nested Lerchs-Grossmann (LG) pit shells that represent varying economic parameters and generate an Ultimate Pit Optimal Extraction Sequence (OES).

Practical Pushbacks

Use the LG shells, Optimal Extraction Sequence and pushback targets to generate practical pushback shapes that respect good mine design practice.

Optimized Schedule

Schedule pushbacks according to production targets and mining constraints for maximum optimization. Refine the schedule with blending and cut-off grade optimization. Include haulage truck hours as an optimization target.

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Inside NPV Scheduler

Determining Pushback Shapes

Pushbacks are based on LG shells, but practical mining requires careful formation of the final pushback shapes. NPV Scheduler creates the pushbacks using LG shells and the Ultimate Pit OES, but it also optimizes the push back shapes for practical mining, while retaining the maximum possible NPV.

practical mining, while retaining the maximum possible NPV. First Pushback ? Last Pushback ? Visualization, Animation

First Pushback ?

Last Pushback ?

Visualization, Animation and Reporting

NPV Scheduler has a wide variety of reporting and visualization options, from full reports with customizable content to 3D rendered life of mine animations.

customizable content to 3D rendered life of mine animations. Material Allocation Optimizer MAO examines the processing

Material Allocation Optimizer

MAO examines the processing of each block (leach pad, mill, stockpile, waste etc.) and reallocates it to a new method based on overall economic value. MAO optimizes stockpiling and multiple blended products (e.g. iron ore & industrial minerals) where production targets and varying product specifications can be blended from different inputs.

product specifications can be blended from different inputs. Mine Flow Optimizer MFO increases NPV by optimizing

Mine Flow Optimizer

MFO increases NPV by optimizing cut-off grades.

It adjusts the schedule to create more value by

mining a higher grade of ore earlier when that outweighs the cost of wasting or stockpiling lower grade ore.

Geo-Risk Assessment

GRA provides a mechanism for understanding

the risk associated with the uncertainty of grade distribution in the resource model. It does this by considering conditionally-simulated models in the strategic planning process. GRA generates

a set of risk-rated pits which can be used to

limit the impact of grade uncertainty on planning outcomes.

Capital Costs

NPV Scheduler can model multiple types of capital costs such as pushback start-up costs, costs that occur at fixed times or are associated with the removal of material within specified boundaries.

Haulage Optimization

In order to produce a schedule with practical

haulage fleet requirements NPV Scheduler allows the inclusion of haulage truck hours as an integral optimization target. The scheduler will allocate blocks taking into account their transport requirements as well as their material types and values. This is in contrast to other systems that typically provide tools to analyze the haulage requirements after a schedule has been developed.

haulage requirements after a schedule has been developed. © 2012 CAE Mining Global offices AUSTRALIA Perth

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