Mine Planning & Scheduling

Mine Planning & Scheduling


MineRP has a proud history of developing reliable, yet cutting edge solutions to optimise the process of mine planning and scheduling. With specified functionality developed for most mining methods including underground and open cut mines, we are the provider of choice to mines around the globe.


Recent developments focused on the creation of new-generation mine planning and design systems natively running on SpatialDB as well as combining best in class functionalities from our current generation CADSMine, Mine2-4D and EPS products into newly architectured solution building blocks.

MineRP Planner

MineRP Planner, built on MineRP's Enterprise Spatial Integration Framework, revolutionizes Rapid Long & Medium Term Mine Planning.

Whether for green- or brown fields operations, mine planning across any time horizon is time consuming and laborious.  This means mines are typically able to create and assess only one mine plan per annual planning cycle. Manually drawing CAD mine designs to be sequenced and scheduled is the major bottleneck, and the handover between design and financial costing & budgeting is spreadsheet hell.

Framework based planning with MineRP Planner transforms mine planning, and dramatically reduces the process time for mine design, sequence and scheduling activities. Traditional design by CAD drawing is replaced by automated framework based design,providing the opportunity to create and examine many more business alternatives.


MineRP Planner gives miners the flexibility to make large scale or incremental adjustments in response to market trends within the window of opportunity presented.

Major functional elements of MineRP Planner includes:

  • Template Aided Design capabilities allowing for the fast generation of mine design alternatives for evaluation, scheduling and final selection

  • Long and Short term planning at the level of detail of your choice

  • Improved design tools specific to each mining method and orebody type

  • Optimized evaluation engine for performing evaluation on the fly for a subset of the design data during active designs

  • Evaluation engine optimised to perform bulk evaluation for calculating tons, content and attribute values (including calculated values) as defined in the evaluation standard

  • Resourcing and scheduling tools for mining activities according to the mine design and sequencing, including optimisation and leveling.





MineRP CAD is core to the Spatial Integration Platform offered by MineRP. 


This solution building block has two major applications in this context.  Firstly, it acts as an integrated view into all datasets hosted by MineRP systems through a CAD like database environment as configured by MineRP Core, including externally referenced data, predefined views, layouts and predefined EAV & spatial filters. 


The second major application of MineRP CAD centres on its CAD capabilities as such.  Based on AutoCAD technology, MineRP CAD is a modern, fully functional CAD tool extended with industry-specific mining tools optimised for efficient and accurate design and draughting work. 


A major differentiator of MineRP CAD is the fact that it interacts directly with SpatialDB, and does not proliferate proprietary CAD files, but rather extends the features of SpatialDB to offer seamless versioning, collaboration and multi-disciplinary information sharing.

Mine2-4D v15

Mine2-4D v15 is the new benchmark in mine planning software, offering mine planners significant advances in planning and scheduling efficiency. Users can now perform key functions in fewer clicks due to streamlined process flows and save hours of calculation time with the instant sequencing capability.



The result of a complete system redesign, Mine2-4D v15 offers a more logical, standardised and satisfying user experience by replacing aging technology, refining and enhancing key functionality and incorporating extensive global client feedback.





  • Produce detailed long and short term mine plans

  • Improve planning and scheduling efficiency

  • Visualise designs and schedules in graphical terms

  • Create the best possible mining schedule through rapid scenario analysis




  • New graphics engine and redesigned menu interfaces

  • Windows 7 compliance and 64-bit architecture

  • Database as opposed to file-based information storage

  • Isolated identification and processing of new changes

  • Ability to use external wireframes for evaluation and scheduling

  • Improved handling of third party design data

  • Tighter integration with MineRP's Enhanced Production Scheduler (EPS)

  • Technological alignment with MineRP enterprise offerings





EPS sets the industry standard for mine production scheduling and forecasting. Short for Enhanced Production Scheduler, EPS addresses the shortcomings of traditional project scheduling and spread sheet based solutions by providing a logical and unified approach to mine scheduling. 


Integrated with many design tools such as Mine2-4D and EPSViz, users can interactively update schedules, rules, dependencies other features as they toggle between design, schedule and visualisation.


With EPS, you get:


  • Gantt chart capability, with associated time-based crosstab or histogram reports.

  • Many familiar project management and scheduling tools, yet fully customised for the needs and complex issues of mining operations.

  • A modern user interface, making it extremely easy-to-learn and easy-to-use application.



Project Setup


  • Import data from (or export data to) external spread sheet sources, such as Microsoft Excel

  • Create user-defined physical properties such as grade, tonnage, meters, and cost 

  • Define labour and equipment resources and assign these to specific activities 

  • Specify resources as either rate, duration, or effort driven

  • Import data from (or export data to) external spreadsheet sources, such as Microsoft Excel





  • Specify Tasks as either rate or duration driven 

  • Colour-code activities to allow quick and easy differentiation on a user-defined basis 

  • Set target ranges for all user-defined properties for production planning 

  • Change the rate of a task over time 

  • Record actual start and finish dates, and track percentage-complete for activities 

  • Change the Gantt Chart display to show date bars, cross tab values, or both

  • Specify Tasks as either rate or duration driven 





  • Define resources as either equipment or labour, and assign them to activities 

  • Build a Resource Based Schedule and change availability and cost over time 

  • Level resources using the improved levelling algorithm, which takes into account resource calendars and provides for multi-resource utilization on a single task 

  • View resources and tasks assigned to them on the assignment bar chart





  • Edit the bar chart period values in-line in a similar manner to a spreadsheet

  • Capture notes on project, tasks, and resources, and add hyperlinks in the notes fields

  • Indicators (icons in the information column) indicate the status of Tasks and Resources

  • Create filters to build customized views in the Gantt Chart area and to use in Cross tab reporting

  • Filter and sort tasks on any field or combination of fields

  • Automatically generate Task filters based on unique field values

  • Link tasks (create dependencies) and automatically calculate the schedule from these dependencies.

  • Colour these dependencies based on dependency groups

  • Create histograms in the Cross tab for graphical representation of data

  • Build basic financial plans through revenue and cost fields

  • Track revenue and costs over time





  • Maintain separate scheduling and reporting calendars, with the ability to report data over any given time period 

  • Schedule holidays and shut-down periods, and display these in the Gantt Chart area 

  • Assign calendars to activities and resources





Dynamic 3D Visualization—EPSViz


  • Link the EPS schedule with 3D graphical data to provide dynamic animations of the schedule 

  • Interactively select 3D activities 

  • Distribute visualizations and schedules to non-licensed users of the software using the free 

  • Viewer versions available for download from the web



EPS Viz provides the ability to link an EPS Gantt schedule with 3D graphical design data to provide dynamic and interactive animations of the schedule, and a whole lot more!



With EPS Viz, you also get:


Instant Visual Feedback


  • Instantly see designs in 3D while scheduling • Changes created in EPS are visually displayed in EPS Viz 

  • Interactively select tasks in EPS, and EPS Viz will synchronise and display your selection visually - and vice-versa!


Improved Data Filtering


  • Filters in EPS are visually reproduced in EPS Viz

  • Considerable Time Savings

  • Visually link designs by only using EPS and EPS Viz 

  • Reduce the need to re-synchronise the EPS schedule back to Mine2-4D in order to see the schedule animation


Improved Schedule Time Reporting


  • See the designs happening at different time periods 

  • EPS timescales update the EPS Viz animation instantly

  • Reduced Data Requirements

  • No need for Mine2-4D project files – you only need the EPS and wireframe files




Interactive Scheduling


Select a task in EPS Viz and have it auto-highlighted in the EPS Gantt chart, or do it the other way round by selecting tasks on the EPS Gant Chart, and letting EPS Viz highlight the task in the design visualisation window.


Clipping & Selection


Filter out regions of data based on:

  • Box clipping or 

  • Path Clipping





Create text, display annotation, or display messages during the animation







  • Define multiple legends with user-defined colours based on value or range

  • Select attribute on which to create legend from picklist

  • Display legend table within animation view




Recolor & Set Transparency


Re-colour  and set the transparency on the designs





Split Wireframes


Split the wireframes according to attributes






Additional Wireframes


Load more wireframes (i.e. geology, as-builts, etc) in the schedule






Animate and Export


  • Save the new design animation file (.moz) and quickly send through email, create video files (.avi) of the animations, or quickly save screen captures

  • Easily export wireframe and string files created from EPS Viz




MineRP MineCAD

Designed specifically for mining CAD requirements, MineCAD, provides engineers with mining specific CAD functionality without the overhead of third party CAD engines.


By taking advantage of existing CAD functionality and applying it for the mining industry, MineCAD is capable of producing true working 3D designs as well as creating fast driving layouts with specific engineering layout tools.   MineCAD also provides a stable base for other MineCAD products offered by MineRP, including MineMarkup, MineRecon, MineHaul, iRing, MineStructure, MineCAD VMS and RMS, MineOrbit and mineCAVE



Some key features of MineCAD include:


  • Easy to learn and easy to use, with customisable toolbars and short-cut keys to maximise productivity

  • Optimised designed for Mining Engineers with a mine design toolset that includes, ramp and pit design, drift wall and solid generation and drift cross-section profile creation among others

  • Fast and responsive graphics engine allowing excellent performance when manipulating large three dimensional datasets

  • Fully featured CAD engine, extended with mining specific functions and tools and advanced functionality to design in 3D

  • Unrivalled industry integration.  MineCAD integrates with a variety of other mining technical systems such as Mine2-4D, Datamine Studio, Surpac, Vulcan, AutoCAD, Microstation, Ventsim and many others

  • Extendable object model allows for programmable integration with third party solutions

  • File or Database based data storage allows for easy scaling from small operations to large enterprise implementations

  • The best printing and plotting capabilities around!

MineCAD Base


  • Available as a free viewer

  • Complete 3D layout capability

  • Extensive polyline alteration tools

  • Annotation and Dimensioning

  • Paper space/viewport approach to plotting

  • Dynamic plot entities (grids and north arrows)

  • Advanced view management features

  • Ability to read/write mining datasources

  • Advanced layer control capabilities

  • Block management utilities

  • VB macro creation and running

  • Digitizer: Integration with CALCOMP digitizers

  • Plot Management: integrated check-in and check-out with automatic backup. Rollback capability.

  • Audit trail automatically generated



MineCAD Underground Presentation


  • Advanced annotation tools

  • UG polyline annotation tools (gradient change, safety bays, ventilation symbols, seismic events, drillhole handling)



MineCAD Underground Design


  • Create complex ramp designs

  • Advanced polyline manipulation

  • Wireframe slicing

  • Projection of polylines to wireframes

  • Polyline Boolean operations

  • Borehole warning routine

  • Block model slice viewing

  • Curve table creation

  • Import seismic and survey data



MineCAD Solids Modelling


  • Linking polylines (both manually and automatically)

  • Solid volumetrics

  • Creation of drift solids

  • Endlinking of polylines

  • Solid slicing to create polylines

  • DTM (tesselation) creation and manipulation

  • Solid Boolean operations (union, difference, etc)

  • Standard CAD solid creation tools (donut etc)



MineCAD Block Model General


  • Create slices through a block model

  • Interrogate a block model using a solid for ton and grade information



Specialized mine planning and design for tabular ore-bodies.

Tightly integrated with MineRP's MRM solution, CADSmine is a mineral resource management tool offering graphical interfaces for mining applications, using Microstation as its CAD platform.


Geological Modelling


CADSmine provides unique functionality for the modelling of the structural features of the ore body, allowing host symbols to be defined and placed on structural and reef planes.  CADSmine's geological modelling capabilities include tools that enable the intersection of various structurally defined planes to be extrapolated.

The modelling toolset of CADSmine is most often used to import borehole information (such as descriptions, survey information, lithology, sample values and point data), represent geological mapping and to create surfaces (triangulated, contoured or meshed models).


Survey Measurements


CADSmine makes survey information come alive by providing true 3D graphical presentations of survey data, together with attached data.  The capture of stoping and development includes extra functionality such as sweeping, vamping, waste cuts, slipping and more.  Survey reports itemising important indicators such as tonnage, content, square meters, grade, etc. are easy to generate.


Ore Reserve Management


CADSmine provides a rich toolset for the creation and maintenance of an ore reserve block database in a 3D environment, complying with the pertinent international standards and conventions for such entities.   Ore reserves reporting from CADSmine include output such as value distributions of g/t, stope width and channel width and other elements which can all be displayed in 3D models.




Calculating remaining and available ore reserves is made easy with CADSmine.  Survey measurement polygons from the integrated MRM Survey measurement solution are employed to deplete ore reserve block models, providing the ability to generate accurate monthly reports of available reserves.


Mine Design & Scheduling


MineRP's CADSmine has proved itself as an extremely competent mine design solution, especially in tabular underground ore bodies. The system provides the ability to create 3D mining elements to represent a mining framework for the extraction of the ore body. Mining directions, rates gradient and element dimensions are easily entered, edited and regenerated.  With CADSmine based on the Bently Microstation CAD engine, it provided the mining engineer with a superior design environment, while adding uniquely optimised mine design tools.

More than just design, CADSmine also provides the ability to define time scales and dependencies against the mine design plan, the flexibility to alter mining rates, directions, delays etc.  Reports are generated in the form of graphic profiles for various parameters, including tonnage, revenue, NPV and much more.




Lastly, CADSmine fully supports the process whereby mine design, scheduling, survey measurements and ore reserve blocks are evaluated in terms of grade and channel width against a kriged grid.  The system further provides the ability to create numerous facies polygons and to efficiently create a mineralisation model.



MineRP’s Integrated Mineral Resource Management System (MRM) is a software product suite designed specifically for the narrow tabular underground mining industry to provide an integrated business solution for mineral resource management.



MRM focuses on the process of defining, depleting and reconciling ore reserves and resources. This allows for planning, optimisation and control of mining activities.


The business solution main benefits are:


  • Simplifying and integrating business processes within the mining technical environment. Improving production output by implementing proper planning and controlling tools. 


  • Providing integrated business plans by integrating with Enterprise Data


  • MineRP’s MRM suite has modules that are integrated through a common infrastructure, which provides a single point of entry, security, maintenance and basic data sharing.



Common Components 

The Common Components module is where the business maintains all the common information needed by the different modules/applications of the Integrated MRM Solution. Examples include the maintenance of the organisation structure, workplaces, mining calendars, security groups, minerals, exports/imports and basic batch processing 


Ore Reserve Module 

Employed to classify and manage ore reserves in a 3-D environment. This module assists in managing a mine’s ore body. With MRM, the status of the ore reserves as well as that of the ore resources can be seen at any given time. A snapshot of the ore body can be seen and the details of the transactions on the ore reserve blocks are recorded. An audit trail of all transactions is kept, from the creation of an ore block until the block is depleted. The Dynamic Reporting Module enables the business to create reports according to SAMREC standards.



Histogram Evaluation 

This module supports evaluation of mine design, scheduling, survey measurement and ore reserve blocks in terms of grade and channel width against a Kriged grid or Histograms. The histogram evaluation module has the ability to create numerous facies, polygons and to effectively create a geological model. These polygons can then be evaluated statistically. The module also caters for interfacing with different packages which will do the detail evaluation outside the MineRP MRM system (such as specialised geological solutions).



Design and Scheduling with CADSmine 

CADSmine is a Microstation based mine design and scheduling solution designed specifically for the underground mining environment. It provides the ability to create 3D mining elements to represent a mining framework for the extraction of an ore body. Mining directions, rates, gradients and element dimensions can be quickly edited and regenerated. The schedule engine has the flexibility to alter mining rates, directions, delays and dependencies against the various designs. 
Reports in the form of graphic profiles for various parameters e.g. tonnage, revenue, profit etc. can be generated on the fly.



Production Actuals Module 

To record survey measurements by means of normal data input, direct, link with total station and/or with an electronic field book in a 3-D environment. The module’s database is configurable accordingly client needs. The option is available for non or graphical (3D) data entry. The integrated solution enables business to do electronic ore reserve depletion with user definable approval levels. The data is linked with graphics in a secure database, which allows dynamic reporting. All graphic presentation is viewable in Microstation or Datamine.



Ore Flow Module 

The Ore Flow module monitors the flow of ore from the box underground to the plant and reconciles back to the measured results from surveyed shafts contribution to final product at the end of each month. The discrepancy between the delivered tons and the treated tons can be calculated.




Contract Measurables Module 

The Contract Measurables module is used to configure contract standards in order to calculate production bonus payments for production labour. The architecture of this module supports the mining bonus process and enables the business to maintain and change bonuses as needed. 

The module requires the surveyed results per workplace and the labour resource responsible for the achievement for calculating bonus payments. If the MineRP Production Actuals Module is in use the production information is integrated with the Bonus Module. If not, the Import/Export function of the Common Components Module is available for interfacing with other applications.



Dynamic Reporting Module 

In addition to standard operational reports contained in each of the MRM modules, standard reports can be printed by using a simple information-filtering tool or enabling the user to create reports according to business needs. This module operates across the modules available in the Integrated MRM Solution. Not only can a user design his/her own reports, they can also report on information forthcoming from different modules. 




PEGS is a computerised surveying system designed for underground and open pit mining operations. MineRP Pegs handles the daily calculations performed by the surveyor and stores both the raw data field and processed data in a relational database.




MineOPS is used to plan and control primary core mining activities at workplace level on a daily basis within the framework of the monthly plan. As a daily production management and control system, MineOPS was designed to focus on the short-term business within the mining industry. The focus therefore ranges from the planned daily activities up to a one-month controlling mechanism. The planning parameters are based on the guidelines as set out in the annual plan, broken down in quarterly planning guidelines. The system philosophy is based on the ability to provide production information to all levels of management at the appropriate time to take appropriate actions. 

MineOPS operates as a production management information system at business unit (Shaft) level, whilst providing sufficient information at corporate level for the effective management of production issues. This approach ensures that “one version of the truth” is reflected throughout the entire organisation – the only set of information available and applicable to all levels within the organisation.




The MRM Sampling module is used to capture and control underground samples with coordinates for each sample. This enables the users to manage the sampling data in a controlled environment and to export data to any evaluation application. The sampling system allows the capturing of sample data from stope or development sampling, and assay results are captured either manually or directly via electronic transfer. Sampling then provides the input for the evaluation module in MRM. This input includes Stope widths and Channel widths as well as Hangingwall, Footwall and Channel grades.


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