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In this article, Jaco-Ben Vosloo overviews the major challenges in mine planning decision making. Jaco-Ben demonstrates the use of MineTwin – a tool for simulation and planning of underground and open-pit mines.

The author uses a real example of an open-pit mine in Southern Africa. The questions he addresses are

  • What is the number of trucks and dozers required to meet the mine plan?
  •  What is the optimal number of excavators required?