Computer based optimisation of underground mining area

Document Type : Research Article


1 Associate Professor, Faculty of Mining, Petroleum and Geophysics, Shahrood University

2 Associate Professor, Department of Mining and Metallurgical Engineering, Amirkabir University of Technology

3 Professor, Department of Mining and Metallurgical Engineering, Amirkabir University of Technology

4 Lecturer, Department of Mining Engineering, University of Sistan and Bluchestan

5 Ph.D. Student, Department of Mining Engineering, Amirkabir University of Technology


Few algorithms are available for economic optimization of underground mining area. This is mainly
because there are a variety of underground mining methods with various restrictions and conditions and
the underground mining parameters are more complex. Therefore, it does not allow the development
of general optimization tools, especially, software tools or computer programs. Based on the Global
Optimization for Underground Mining Area (GOUMA) algorithm, a computer program, GOUMA-CP,
was developed to implement the mentioned algorithm. GOUMA enjoys a new system of modelling
named “Variable Value Economic Model” (VVEM) and benefits from the mathematical proof and
provide the true optimal solution according to the conditions and environment it is applied. This paper
includes a description of the GOUMA-CP program in details and the corresponding algorithm briefly.
This computer program has successfully been applied to optimize underground mining area of a gold
mine in Australia.


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