Alastri Releases Tactical Mine Scheduling Solution
After four years of development, Alastri is proud to announce the release of the Alastri Tactical Scheduler (ATS) for detailed tactical scheduling in open-pit hard rock mines.
Creating mine plans in today’s cost-cutting environment requires that engineers produce detailed schedules which can be verified and trusted to ensure site production targets will be met while adhering to strict restrictions on available equipment and operating expenses. ATS offers users the ability to easily model their operations in an unparalleled level of detail, incorporating schedule solid creation and reserving, mixed-fleet dynamic haulage (including autonomous haulage), optimised grade targeting and blending, and branching scenario scheduling.
ATS successfully passed rounds of client testing on two of the largest and most complex iron ore operations in Australia. Managing Director Daniel Narayan commented, “We are very pleased with how quickly new users were able to configure complex scenarios and generate practical schedules. Not only are our clients generating more detailed and verifiable mine schedules, they are also generating results far faster than before.”
ATS is focused on detailed tactical mine scheduling for any time horizon. For short term scheduling, users are offered the ability to precisely restrict their schedules based on available loading and hauling units, including fleets with different types of equipment with complex loader-truck matching rules. For longer term scheduling, users can provide ATS with grade/blend targets and plant constraints, and ATS automatically sends material to the right destinations to achieve the highest value.
The scheduler is the achievement of a dream that has been almost 20 years in the making for Principal Consultant Max Bygraves. “Scheduling is often about achieving a delicate balance between multiple competing objectives – a balance that can take years of experience to master. We’ve incorporated domain knowledge from decades of mine scheduling into ATS, so that producing accurate schedules in time and on budget is easier than ever.”
Alastri has a strong history of delivering high-performance mine planning software. This includes Haul Infinity and Rapid Reserver, which are best-in-breed solutions for haulage modelling and generating scheduling reserves respectively, and are part of the ATS mine scheduling software suite. “Historically, we have drawn on pc gaming technology to create easy-to-use, attractive, and responsive software for the mining industry,” said Daniel Narayan. “In the course of creating ATS, we have continued this trend, and have developed new technology for automated setup, faster scheduling, and more detailed and visually impressive schedule animations.
The Tactical Scheduler was officially released on 26 September 2016 at MinExpo in Las Vegas. For additional information, or to request a demonstration, visit us at MinExpo at booth #1176 or visit www.alastri.com.