Leading mining software specialist Hexagon Mining has released the latest version of their Atlas software featuring a powerful optimisation engine. Hexagon Mining’s complete package for activity scheduling and stockpile management, Atlas provides a resource-based, true calendar approach to scheduling, and handles material movement and reclaim.
Though production scheduling is focussed on extracting mining blocks, stockpiled materials must also be blended before concentration. Medium and short term scheduling creates blending challenges with mining engineers required to reduce grade fluctuations in the materials reclaimed from stockpiles and the quantity of reclaimed material to satisfy demands in tonnage, volume and composition.
The new Destination Optimisation functionality in Atlas 3.0 allows users to set grade, volume or tonnage constraints for destinations to optimise reclaim parcels routed from stockpiles. The optimisation results can be manually modified to allow more control over the reclaimed material and generate more practical schedules.
Atlas 3.0 features a powerful new optimisation engine that allows users to achieve optimised solutions for stockpile blending challenges and meet the quantity and quality requirements at target destinations, such as processing plants.
Glenn Wylde, EVP of Technology and Innovation says Atlas embodies Hexagon Mining’s vision of integration, adding that the powerful, easy-to-use scheduler connects seamlessly with haulage calculations, reserves and visualisations, quickly delivering scheduling scenarios via MineSight 3D.
According to Wylde, Hexagon Mining’s Planning suite continues to push technology and integration boundaries. Given that the future of mining depends on companies harnessing emerging technologies and connecting previously isolated information, Atlas supports these objectives by seamlessly integrating with longer horizon schedules, drill and blast designs, grade control, ERP data, and plan execution.
Atlas bridges the gap with operations, driving the schedule with real productivities directly from Hexagon Mining’s fleet management system. Hexagon Mining has been leveraging IBM’s ILOG CPLEX for many years with MineSight Schedule Optimiser; now Atlas delivers the same optimising power to short-term and underground schedules.
Version 3.0 introduces a new license for Atlas integrated with CPLEX.