SET are experts in modelling mining operations:
- UNDERGROUND MINING
- OPEN PIT MINING
- SURFACE MINING
Simulation in mining can range from rock handling systems, truck haulage systems, excavator / shovel loading operations, truck / equipment queuing analysis, crushing and conveying, stockpiling and blending to processing plants and smelters.
If your mining operations needs to identify problems, improve operations, validate planning, do capacity planning or limit capital expenditure, simulation and SET can assist.
Underground Mining Rock Handling Systems
SET have vast experience modelling rock handling systems to gain insight into potential bottlenecks, optimize bin/silo capacities, determine rock handling system capacity and weigh up alternatives. The models include, but is not limited to:
- Conveyor and Feeder Systems,
- Crushers (Primary, Secondary and Tertiary Crushing Systems),
- Hoisting Systems,
- Ore loading and handling. Rail & Truck Haulage systems
SET provides simulation models of rail / truck haulage systems to determine overall system capacity, quantify potential queuing at rail / truck dumps and optimize ore pass capacity. We have created numerous models of truck ramp systems to determine passing bay requirements, truck interference and ramp capacity.
Mining Methods and Cycles
SET have significant experience of created simulation models of various mining methods, including:
- Block Cave Mines
- Room-and-Pillar Mines
- Breast Mining (Narrow Reef)
- Sublevel Stoping
- Continuous Mining
- Longwall Mining Mine Development
SET uses, sells and support the State-of-the-art SimMine® Development Package. SimMine can optimize resource planning and scheduling of underground development. SimMine is an easy-to-use and powerful software to plan, simulate and evaluate the development process in underground mining. For more information, visit www.Simmine.com
Men and Material Vertical and Horisontal Transportation SET has performed various studies of personnel and material logistics, surface queuing, single / double cage hoisting and staging of material / explosive cars on surface / level stations.
Open Pit Mining
Excavator / Loader / Shovel Loading
Open Pit simulation studies performed to determine the optimal mining equipment fleet size and maximize production capability by minimizing truck queuing for loader(s) or at crusher(s). Simulation has been proven to be a great tool for evaluating various truck dispatching rules .
Truck Queuing Models
Test the effect of additional equipment on queuing times or probability of interference.
Crushing and Conveying
Test the effect of downstream ore handling systems on your haulage fleet to optimize ore handling equipment maintenance philosophies.
Stockpiling and Blending
SET have been involved in studies to test different stockpile blending strategies based on ore grade quality and to determine surface stockpile size.
Processing Plants and Smelters
SET have made capacity recommendations on numerous surface comminution plants. The models gave insight into the stockpile requirements, equipment sizing and overall production capability of various alternatives.
Experience in Smelter Simulation Models including ladle and ingot handling and dynamic power consumption analysis.
The manufacturing environment is complex and time sensitive. SET can assist with the modelling and analysis of your manufacturing facility or line in order to reduce risk and uncertainty associated with process variance and interdependent systems.
We use simulation and industrial engineering principles to help you with:
- PRODUCTION SCHEDULING
- THROUGHPUT ANALYSIS
- VALIDATING IMPROVEMENT STRATEGIES
- REDUCE COSTS / INCREASE PROFITS
SET will help you to understand your system dynamics and behavior and determine the impact of making a change as well as quantify those decisions
SET have vast experience in modelling and analyzing various rail transport systems. We have formed a fundamental part of a project team that investigated the capacity of a major freight rail artery in South Africa.
SET developed simulation models to model rail loading / offloading operations and rail traffic control. This enables the client to test the feasibility of major capital expenditure alternatives on system capacity. We can eliminated unbeneficial alternatives resulting in significant capital savings.
Our rail simulation experience includes surface and underground rail applications as well as rail terminal and yard operations, maintenance evaluation, rail scheduling and rail interactions with other equipment or transport modes.
Ports & Terminals
SET have been involved with numerous port studies to determine future terminal capacity based on client forecasts. The simulation models indicated the expected ship loading delays for various capacity scenarios to minimize capital and demurrage costs.
We have extensive knowledge on modelling ports and terminals and have modelled numerous systems that are linked to and dependant on ports and terminals.
Some of the outcomes achieved were:
- NUMBER OF BERTHS REQUIRED
- BERTH UTILISATION
- QUEUING AND WAITING ANALYSIS
- SEASONAL OR WEATHER IMPACTS ON OPERATIONS
- CAPACITY PLANNING
- EQUIPMENT AND STORAGE ANALYSIS
- VESSEL SCHEDULING
SET applies various simulation solutions and optimization technologies in the logistics and warehousing environment. If you have the following needs, SET can assist:
- FLEET PLANNING
- WAREHOUSE SLOTTING
- NETWORK AND ROUTING OPTIMISATION
- RESOURCE CAPACITY PLANNING
- EQUIPMENT ANALYSIS
- STORAGE REQUIREMENTS
Supply chains, transportation and warehousing systems are very complex and the numerous interconnecting subsystems makes accurate decision making very difficult. Computer simulation tools has proven to be one of the most influential strategies to manage variability and performance in order to be more efficient and profitable.
SET have successfully applied our services in multiple industries. Applying simulation and optimization technology along with industrial engineering techniques has many advantages and has become mandatory for leading companies when making strategic and operational decisions.
Other industries and application areas we provide solutions to:
- SERVICES & BANKING
- CALL CENTRE & SUPPORT
- OIL & GAS
- DEFENCE & AEROSPACE
- RETAIL & COMMERCE