Simulation-Based Integrated Decision Support Tool For Potash Mining Operations

Planning of potash mining operations requires consideration of many interacting machines, overlapping maintenance activities, layout of mine field as well as capacity of ore bunkers and conveyors. Integrated low-level simulation with user-friendly interface was developed to support monthly operations planning in Europe’s largest potash producer. In this presentation, an example of using simulation in operations planning is given and created decision support tool is demonstrated. Main challenges that were met and overcome during development of simulation-based decision support tool are also discussed.
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