Hexagon Mining has released improvements to its MineSight Schedule Optimiser (MSSO) in Version 9.6.
MSSO is part of the MineSight Planning Suite and determines the most productive mining sequence to achieve the highest project profitability. The system satisfies a variety of project quality, quantity, market, and geotechnical constraints, as well as destination capacities, equipment resources, and economic parameters. Advanced integer programming engines are used to solve blending and scheduling problems.
Version 9.6 supports stratigraphic models, also known as Gridded Seam Models (GSM), which are commonly used for flat-lying deposits and metal vein deposits. Mining geometries (polygones or solids) can be imported into MSSO either from MineSight 3D viewer or from an existing MineSight Planner project.
Through integration with MineSight Reserve, reserves associated with the geometries along with a list of mining seams available in the GSM are used for proper reserve allocation. The latest version introduces allows operators to define cashflow limits and enables customised benching with options for defining elevation range for polygonal geometries.
It also features advanced constraints relaxation; fixed cost by phase and destination; has the ability to export cut geometry to MineSight 3D (MS3D) objects and MS3D End-of-Period tool; and can speed improvements for reserves calculation.