This project was concerned with modelling and simulation techniques for use in mining and quarrying. Through two E.U. funded research contracts, the Technical university of BERLIN (TUB) developed a variety of modules for short term and long term production sequencing and scheduling in the mining industry. These results were used together with other more standard methods, network analysis and deterministic simulation procedures.
The project concerned the development of a commercial CAD-based geological modelling, scheduling and planning system (known as ALPS). This approach can be used both for underground and open-cast mine production planning and for land recovering purposes. For both fields of application, restrictions have to be observed with regard to time, capacity and quality. Especially the demands for integrating quality control into planning processes are increasing, so that both areas show a promising market potential within the EU.
The project focused on two application fields:
- production scheduling in small and medium size enterprises of the mine and quarry industry
- restoring land surfaces, e.g. rehabilitating old mine sites and restoring spoil tips.
The outcome of the project was an advanced, easy to use and affordable modelling, planning and visualisation system which provides advantages particularly for small and medium enterprises within the E.U. It could help to improve planning efficiency in production processes and in land recovering, in both cases assisting in finding and planning economically feasible and environmentally sound solutions. A specific project outcome was a graphical scheduling system, known as ALPS. The technology supplying company, SSI had the exploitation rights for ALPS.