Force an extra stage in pit optimization

Richard Siddle 2 months ago in Mining updated 2 months ago 2

I've got an unusal deposit that has a big juicy nugget of high grade at depth, and low grade material above it which is still above cut off. 

If I stage the whole lot I get no pit until RAF0.4 and this give me quite a sizable first stage, as suddenly it gets sucked down to the high grade. Running this in the sheduler mines out the entire stage a bench at a time, but thats inefficent on the stips and is killing my NPV.

I can create a number of earlier stages by ignoring the HG material and code them into the BM or pit points file that would improive the shedule but I cannot see any way to force a manually designed set of stages in the Analysis form. Any ideas? I could try playing with very tiny RAF incrments but from what I've seen once I hit a certain point it will go from zero to hero. 

Hi Richard,

I am glad to hear that you need this feature. We have recently added this functionality to our analysis tool (image below). The custom input allows you to set the operational/designed shells that you would like to run your analysis on. This is a great feature and allows you to have a more realistic analysis of your mine throughout your designed pushbacks.
feel free to reach out our support team if you need any assistance on this.



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Hi Lino, thanks for this and sorry for the slow reply. This worked quite well and allowed me to add extra stages into the analysis. However when I ran it by period and then went to look at the pit opt chart I wasn't able to select any cases from the drop down menu, i.e. there was no, Best or CL case written into the mine Optimization database. Not sure if there was something I was doing wrong or if this is a known gap.