Optimally locating a junction point for an underground mine to maximise the net present value

Kashyapa Sirinanda, Marcus Brazil, Peter Grossman, Hyam Rubinstein, Doreen Thomas


A review of the relevant literature identified an opportunity to develop algorithms for designing the access and construction schedule for an underground mine to maximise the net present value (NPV). The methods currently available perform the optimisation separately. However, this article focuses on optimising the access design and construction schedule simultaneously to yield a higher NPV. Underground mine access design was previously studied with the objective of minimising the haulage and development costs. However, when scheduling is included, time value of money has a crucial effect on locating the junction points (Steiner points) in the access network for maximum value. This article proposes an efficient algorithm to optimally locate a single junction, given a surface portal and two ore bodies, for maximum NPV where NPV includes the value of the ore bodies and the construction costs. We describe the variation in the location of the junction for a range of discount rates.



Network optimisation, Underground mine design, NPV, Steiner points

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.21914/anziamj.v55i0.7791

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