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David Walker, Ernest Baafi and Senevi Kiridena, A simulation model to access the impact of underground coal mine logistics strain on an operation, Proceedings of the 2024 Resource Operators Conference, University of Wollongong - Mining Engineering, February 2024, 113-117.


A novel approach has been developed to strategically identify logistical bottlenecks and the impacts that mine planning parameters might have on these at any point in time throughout life of a mine plan. An XPAC-based model is employed at a macroscopic level to understand trends and shifts in logistical strain for a timeframe up to the entire life of mine. However, on a day-to-day basis the XPAC-based model cannot, at a very detailed level, provide information to analyse if logistical strain can be alleviated through finer adjustments. The finer adjustments that can be identified and rectified, can be determined using a discrete simulation FlexSim model. The paper presents details of the FlexSim discrete simulation model and its applications.