DISCRETE-EVENT SIMULATION IN UNDERGROUND MINING – APPLICABILITY AND EXPERIENCE AT VALE CANADA OPERATIONS
Over the past two decades, Vale Canada has used discrete-event simulation in a key role to support many underground mining studies. Traditionally, general purpose simulation software was developed for manufacturing and service applications. Not until recently have Mine Designers and Simulation Specialists been able to model the dynamics of underground mining scenarios without extensive manipulation of the inherent tools and entities contained within these simulation environments. This paper discusses Vale Canada’s past experiences with a variety of simulation software, describing model development methods and highlighting some of the lessons learned. The paper concludes with a review of recently considered software and provides a framework of desired attributes/functions for modeling mining scenarios.
Simulation; Simulations; Simulation; Model; Models; Environment; Modeling; Systems; underground mining;