MOL Publications

For Journal and Conference Publications Refer to Drs. Askari, Pourrahimian, and Ben-Awuah's Homepage.

Students' Names are Capitalized.

MOL Report Nine 2017/2018 - 20 Papers, 378 Pages, ISBN: 978-1-55195-414-1.

MOL Report Eight 2016/2017 - 19 Papers, 306 Pages, ISBN: 978-1-55195-383-0.

MOL Report Seven 2015/2016 - 13 Papers, 240 Pages, ISBN: 978-1-55195-367-0.

MOL Report Six 2014/2015 - 14 Papers, 250 Pages, ISBN: 978-1-55195-356-4.

MOL Report Five 2012/2013 - 11 Papers, 230 Pages, ISBN: 978-1-55195-327-4.

MOL Report Four 2011/2012 - 15 Papers, 340 Pages, ISBN: 978-1-55195-301-4.

MOL Report Three 2010/2011 - 17 Papers, 335 Pages, ISBN: 978-1-55195-281-9.

MOL Report Two 2009/2010 - 18 Papers, 335 Pages, ISBN: 978-1-55195-280-2.

MOL Report One 2008/2009 - 18 Papers, 335 Pages, ISBN: 978-1-55195-279-6.


MOL Annual Report Nine 2017/2018 (ISBN: 978-1-55195-414-1)

  MOHAMMAD TABESH and Hooman Askari-Nasab (2018), Linearized stockpile modeling for long-term open-pit production planning. Mining Optimization Laboratory (MOL) – Report Nine 2017/2018, © MOL, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, September 2018, Paper 101, pp. 1-16. 

  SHIV UPADHYAY, Hooman Askari-Nasab, and John Doucette (2018), A multi-objective multi-stage mining fleet management system linking dynamic operation to short-term plan. Mining Optimization Laboratory (MOL) – Report Nine 2017/2018, © MOL, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, September 2018, Paper 102, pp. 17-31. 

  AHLAM MAREMI and Eugene Ben-Awuah (2018), Uncertainty-based mine planning framework for oil sands production scheduling and waste management. Mining Optimization Laboratory (MOL) – Report Nine 2017/2018, © MOL, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, September 2018, Paper 103, pp. 32-65.  

  ALI MORADI AFRAPOLI and Hooman Askari-Nasab (2018), A transportation problem based stochastic integer programming model to dispatch surface mining trucks under uncertainty. Mining Optimization Laboratory (MOL) – Report Nine 2017/2018, © MOL, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, September 2018, Paper 104, pp. 66-74.   

  OBINNA MBADOZIE and Eugene Ben-Awuah (2018), Incorporation of geo-metallurgical and geochemical properties in oil sands mine planning and waste management. Mining Optimization Laboratory (MOL) – Report Nine 2017/2018, © MOL, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, September 2018, Paper 105, pp. 75-104.    

  AHLAM MAREMI and Eugene Ben-Awuah (2018), Integration of mine-to-mill production planning strategy for oil sands mining and waste disposal. Mining Optimization Laboratory (MOL) – Report Nine 2017/2018, © MOL, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, September 2018, Paper 106, pp. 105-130.     

  ALI MORADI AFRAPOLI, SHIV UPADHYAY, and Hooman Askari-Nasab (2018), A fuzzy logic approach towards truck dispatching problem in surface mines. Mining Optimization Laboratory (MOL) – Report Nine 2017/2018, © MOL, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, September 2018, Paper 201, pp. 131-141.      

  EDUARDO CERVANTES, SHIV UPADHYAY, and Hooman Askari-Nasab (2018), Improvements to production planning in oil sands mining through analysis and simulation of truck cycle time. Mining Optimization Laboratory (MOL) – Report Nine 2017/2018, © MOL, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, September 2018, Paper 202, pp. 142-156.

  BRIGHT OPPONG AFUM and Eugene Ben-Awuah (2018), Optimizing the extraction strategy for open pit and underground mining transitions using mathematical programming. Mining Optimization Laboratory (MOL) – Report Nine 2017/2018, © MOL, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, September 2018, Paper 301, pp. 157-178. 

  FIROUZ KHODAYARI and Yashar Pourrahimian (2018), Application of mathematical modelling for draw control under material flow uncertainty. Mining Optimization Laboratory (MOL) – Report Nine 2017/2018, © MOL, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, September 2018, Paper 302, pp. 179-185.  

  FIROUZ KHODAYARI and Yashar Pourrahimian (2018), Production scheduling with horizontal mixing simulation in block cave mining. Mining Optimization Laboratory (MOL) – Report Nine 2017/2018, © MOL, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, September 2018, Paper 303, pp. 186-204.   

  SHUWEI HUANG and Eugene Ben-Awuah (2018), An optimization framework for cut-and-fill mining production scheduling using mixed integer linear programming. Mining Optimization Laboratory (MOL) – Report Nine 2017/2018, © MOL, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, September 2018, Paper 304, pp. 205-223.    

  ROBERTO NORIEGA and Yashar Pourrahimian (2018), Determination of optimum undercut level elevation in block caving. Mining Optimization Laboratory (MOL) – Report Nine 2017/2018, © MOL, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, September 2018, Paper 305, pp. 224-234.     

  ZEINAB BASIRI and Yashar Pourrahimian (2018), Application of mathematical programming for stope layout and production schedule optimization in sublevel stoping. Mining Optimization Laboratory (MOL) – Report Nine 2017/2018, © MOL, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, September 2018, Paper 306, pp. 235-256.    

  VAHID NIKBIN, Majid Ataee-pour, Kourosh Shahriar, and Yashar Pourrahimian (2018), Stope boundary optimization using a 3D approximate hybrid algorithm. Mining Optimization Laboratory (MOL) – Report Nine 2017/2018, © MOL, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, September 2018, Paper 307, pp. 257-270.     

  EMMANUEL JOHN ANDREW Appianing and Eugene Ben-Awuah (2018), Underground mining stope layout optimization and production scheduling: A review of existing solvers and algorithms. Mining Optimization Laboratory (MOL) – Report Nine 2017/2018, © MOL, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, September 2018, Paper 308, pp. 271-304.

  SHAHROKH PARAVARZAR, Yashar Pourrahimian, and Hooman Askari-Nasab (2018), Short-term underground mine planning: A review. Mining Optimization Laboratory (MOL) – Report Nine 2017/2018, © MOL, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, September 2018, Paper 309, pp. 305-334.       

  MAGRETH DOTTO and Yashar Pourrahimian (2018), Effects of fragmentation size distribution on truck-shovel productivity. Mining Optimization Laboratory (MOL) – Report Nine 2017/2018, © MOL, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, September 2018, Paper 401, pp. 335-342.        

  WILLIAM JUNKIN and Eugene Ben-Awuah (2018), Emergent properties of MoFrac generated discrete fracture networks. Mining Optimization Laboratory (MOL) – Report Nine 2017/2018, © MOL, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, September 2018, Paper 402, pp. 343-361.         

  SHAHROKH PARAVAZAR, MOHAMMAD TABESH, Yashar Pourrahimian, and Hooman Askari-Nasab (2018), Open source programming (OSP) framework for automatic database management for discrete event simulation. Mining Optimization Laboratory (MOL) – Report Nine 2017/2018, © MOL, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, September 2018, Paper 403, pp. 362-378.          

MOL Annual Report Eight 2016/2017 (ISBN: 978-1-55195-383-0)

  MOHAMMAD TABESH and Hooman Askari-Nasab (2017), Linearized stockpile modeling for long-term open-    pit production planning. Mining Optimization Laboratory (MOL) – Report Eight 2016/2017, © MOL, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, September 2017, Paper 101, pp. 1-19.

  ALI MORADI AFRAPOLI, SHIV UPADHYAY, and Hooman Askari-Nasab (2017), A multi-objective multi-stage mining fleet management system linking dynamic operation to short-term plan. Mining Optimization Laboratory (MOL) – Report Eight 2016/2017, © MOL, University of Alberta,  Edmonton, Canada, September 2017, Paper 102, pp. 20-35.

  BRIGHT OPPONG AFUM, DYLAN CAVERSON, and Eugene Ben-Awuah (2017), Strategic evaluation of mineralized waste rocks as future resource. Mining Optimization Laboratory (MOL) – Report Eight 2016/2017, © MOL, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, September 2017, Paper 103, pp. 36-48. 

  NAVID SEYED HOSSEINI and Eugene Ben-Awuah (2017), Incorporating stockpiling and cut-off grade optimization into oil sands production and dyke material planning using goal programming. Mining Optimization Laboratory (MOL) – Report Eight 2016/2017, © MOL, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, September 2017, Paper 104, pp. 49-78.  

   BRIGHT OPPONG AFUM and Eugene Ben-Awuah (2017), A review of models and algorithms for strategic mining options optimization. Mining Optimization Laboratory (MOL) – Report Eight 2016/2017, © MOL, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, September 2017, Paper 105, pp. 79-99.   

  ALI MORADI AFRAPOLI, MOHAMMAD TABESH, and Hooman Askari-Nasab (2017), An investigation into dispatch optimizers using truck-shovel simulation and a new multi-objective truck dispatching technique. Mining Optimization Laboratory (MOL) – Report Eight 2016/2017, © MOL, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, September 2017, Paper 201, pp. 100-108.    

   NAVID SEYED HOSSEINI and Eugene Ben-Awuah (2017), An economic evaluation of a primary haulage system for a Bauxite mine: load and haul versus in-pit crushing and conveying. Mining Optimization Laboratory (MOL) – Report Eight 2016/2017, © MOL, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, September 2017, Paper 202, pp. 109-119.     

  EDUARDO CERVANTES and Hooman Askari-Nasab (2017), An improved approach to production planning and equipment selection in oil sands operations through analysis and simulation of hauling activities. Mining Optimization Laboratory (MOL) – Report Eight 2016/2017, © MOL, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, September 2017, Paper 203, pp. 120-129.      

   FARSHAD NEZHADSHAHMOHAMMAD and Yashar Pourrahimian (2017), Draw rate management in block cave production scheduling. Mining Optimization Laboratory (MOL) – Report Eight 2016/2017, © MOL, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, September 2017, Paper 301, pp. 130-147.       

  FIROUZ KHODAYARI and Yashar Pourrahimian (2017), Stochastic optimization of block-cave production scheduling with material flow uncertainty. Mining Optimization Laboratory (MOL) – Report Eight 2016/2017, © MOL, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, September 2017, Paper 302, pp. 148-162.        

   FARSHAD NEZHADSHAHMOHAMMAD and Yashar Pourrahimian (2017), An application of mathematical programming for conditional draw control. Mining Optimization Laboratory (MOL) – Report Eight 2016/2017, © MOL, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, September 2017, Paper 303, pp. 163-185.      

   FARSHAD NEZHADSHAHMOHAMMAD, FIROUZ KHODAYARI, and Yashar Pourrahimian (2017), Block-cave production scheduling using a multi-index clustering technique. Mining Optimization Laboratory (MOL) – Report Eight 2016/2017, © MOL, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, September 2017, Paper 304, pp. 186-202.             

   EFRAIN UGARTE, Yashar Pourrahimian, and Jeffery Boisvert (2017), Determination of optimum drawpoint layout in block caving using sequential Gaussian simulation. Mining Optimization Laboratory (MOL) – Report Eight 2016/2017, © MOL, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, September 2017, Paper 305, pp. 203-214.

   SAHA MALAKI, FIROUZ KHODAYARI and Yashar Pourrahimian (2017), An application of mathematical programming and sequential Gaussian simulation for block-cave production scheduling. Mining Optimization Laboratory (MOL) – Report Eight 2016/2017, © MOL, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, September 2017, Paper 306, pp. 215-229.                     

   ZEINAB BASIRI and Yashar Pourrahimian (2017), Determination of optimal underground stope layout. Mining Optimization Laboratory (MOL) – Report Eight 2016/2017, © MOL, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, September 2017, Paper 307, pp. 230-245.             

   VAHID NIKBIN, Majid Ataee-pour, Kourosh Shahriar, and Yashar Pourrahimian (2017), A greedy algorithm for stope boundaries optimization. Mining Optimization Laboratory (MOL) – Report Eight 2016/2017, © MOL, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, September 2017, Paper 308, pp. 246-252.              

  DAVID OMANE, Hau Yu, Wei Victor Liu, and Yashar Pourrahimian (2017), Investigation on the use of chemical dust suppressants on ash emissions due to Fort MacMurray wildfire. Mining Optimization Laboratory (MOL) – Report Eight 2016/2017, © MOL, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, September 2017, Paper 401, pp. 253-264.      

  ALI YAGHINI, Yashar Pourrahimian, and Robert Hall (2017), Human factor and human error in mining industry; a review and lessons from other industries. Mining Optimization Laboratory (MOL) – Report Eight 2016/2017, © MOL, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, September 2017, Paper 402, pp. 265-289.

  DAVID OMANE, Wei Victor Liu, and Yashar Pourrahimian (2017), Comparison of chemical suppressants under different atmospheric temperatures for the control of fugitive dust emission on mine haul roads. Mining Optimization Laboratory (MOL) – Report Eight 2016/2017, © MOL, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, September 2017, Paper 403, pp. 290-306.

Top of the page               

MOL Annual Report Seven 2015/2016 (ISBN: 978-1-55195-367-0)

  SHIV UPADHYAY and Hooman Askari-Nasab (2016), Short term production planning in open pit mines using dynamic shovel allocation. Mining Optimization Laboratory (MOL) – Report Seven 2015/2016, © MOL, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, September 2016, Paper 101, pp. 1-20.

  NAVID SEYED HOSSEINI and Eugene Ben-Awuah (2016), Incorporating cut-off grade optimization into oil sands production scheduling. Mining Optimization Laboratory (MOL) – Report Seven 2015/2016, © MOL, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, September 2016, Paper 102, pp. 21-42.

  DYLAN CAVERSON and Eugene Ben-Awuah (2016), Management of mineralized mine waste as a future resource. Mining Optimization Laboratory (MOL) – Report Seven 2015/2016, © MOL, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, September 2016, Paper 103, pp. 43-57. 

AHLAM MAREMI and Eugene Ben-Awuah (2016), Open pit mine planning and waste management: A review of models. Mining Optimization Laboratory (MOL) – Report Seven 2015/2016, © MOL, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, September 2016, Paper 104, pp. 58-76.  

  MOHAMMAD TABESH, SHIV UPADHYAY, and Hooman Askari-Nasab (2016), Discrete event simulation of truck-shovel operations in open pit mines. Mining Optimization Laboratory (MOL) – Report Seven 2015/2016, © MOL, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, September 2016, Paper 201, pp. 77-93.  

  ALI MORADI AFRAPOLI, MOHAMMAD TABESH, and Hooman Askari-Nasab (2016), Truck-shovel simulation reliability analysis with embedded dispatch optimizer. Mining Optimization Laboratory (MOL) – Report Seven 2015/2016, © MOL, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, September 2016, Paper 202, pp. 94-119.   

  SHIV UPADHYAY and Hooman Askari-Nasab (2016), Uncertainty based short term planning in open pit mines – simulation optimization approach. Mining Optimization Laboratory (MOL) – Report Seven 2015/2016, © MOL, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, September 2016, Paper 203, pp. 120-148.

  FIROUZ KHODAYARI and Yashar Pourrahimian (2016), Block-cave operations optimization using linear programming with absolute values. Mining Optimization Laboratory (MOL) – Report Seven 2015/2016, © MOL, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, September 2016, Paper 301, pp. 149-164.     

AMIR AZADMEHR, MOHAMMAD ESMAEEL JALALI, and Yashar Pourrahimian (2016), Secondary fragmentation analysis in block caving mines: assessment and ranking of critical parameters using rock engineering systems (RES). Mining Optimization Laboratory (MOL) – Report Seven 2015/2016, © MOL, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, September 2016, Paper 302, pp. 165-183.     

  SAHA MALAKI and Yashar Pourrahimian (2016), Block-cave extraction level and production scheduling optimization under grade uncertainty. Mining Optimization Laboratory (MOL) – Report Seven 2015/2016, © MOL, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, September 2016, Paper 303, pp. 184-206.      

  EFRAIN UGARTE, Yashar Pourrahimian, and Jeffery Boisvert (2016), Comparison of recoverable reserves between simulation and kriging for optimized drawpoints in block caving. Mining Optimization Laboratory (MOL) – Report Seven 2015/2016, © MOL, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, September 2016, Paper 304, pp. 207-218.       

  FIROUZ KHODAYARI and Yashar Pourrahimian (2016), Quadratic programming application in Block-cave mining. Mining Optimization Laboratory (MOL) – Report Seven 2015/2016, © MOL, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, September 2016, Paper 305, pp. 219-229.        

  EFRAIN UGARTE, Yashar Pourrahimian, and Jeffery Boisvert (2016), Determination of optimum drawpoint layout in block caving. Mining Optimization Laboratory (MOL) – Report Seven 2015/2016, © MOL, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, September 2016, Paper 306, pp. 230-240.

Top of the page 

MOL Annual Report Six 2014/2015  (ISBN: 978-1-55195-327-4)

  MOHAMMAD TABESH, and Hooman Askari-Nasab (2015), Production scheduling optimization with stockpiling. Mining Optimization Laboratory (MOL) – Report Six 2014/2015, © MOL, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, September 2015, Paper 101, pp. 1-24.   

  Eugene Ben-Awuah, Hooman Askari-Nasab, Tarrant Elkington, and Frank Blanchfield (2015), Oil sands concurrent production scheduling & waste management. Mining Optimization Laboratory (MOL) – Report Six 2014/2015, © MOL, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, September 2015, Paper 102, pp. 25-44.

  MOHAMMAD MAHDI BADIOZAMANI, Eugene Ben-Awuah, and Hooman Askari-Nasab (2015), Oil sands integrated mine planning and tailings management. Mining Optimization Laboratory (MOL) – Report Six 2014/2015, © MOL, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, September 2015, Paper 103, pp. 45-60.    

  ● SHIV UPADHYAY and Hooman Askari-Nasab (2015), Open pit mine production operation optimization. Mining Optimization Laboratory (MOL) – Report Six 2014/2015, © MOL, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, September 2015, Paper 201, pp. 61-79.

  ALI MORADI AFRAPOLI and Hooman Askari-Nasab (2015), Open-pit mine operation optimization: A review of Models and Algorithms. Mining Optimization Laboratory (MOL) – Report Six 2014/2015, © MOL, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, September 2015, Paper 202, pp. 80-110.     

  Yashar Pourrahimian and Hooman Askari-Nasab (2015). An application of mathematical programming to determine the best height of draw in block-cave sequence optimization. Mining Optimization Laboratory (MOL) – Report Six 2014/2015, © MOL, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, September 2015, Paper 301, pp. 111-129.     

  FIROUZ KHODAYARI and Yashar Pourrahimian (2015). A review of mathematical models and algorithms in block-caving scheduling. Mining Optimization Laboratory (MOL) – Report Six 2014/2015, © MOL, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, September 2015, Paper 302, pp. 130-148.     

  Eugene Ben-Awuah, Otto Richter, Tarrant Elkington, and Yashar Pourrahimian (2015). Mining options optimization: open pit to underground. Mining Optimization Laboratory (MOL) – Report Six 2014/2015, © MOL, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, September 2015, Paper 303, pp. 149-161.     

  FIROUZ KHODAYARI and Yashar Pourrahimian (2015). Determination of development precedence for drawpoints in block-cave mining. Mining Optimization Laboratory (MOL) – Report Six 2014/2015, © MOL, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, September 2015, Paper 304, pp. 162-170.     

  SAHA MALAKI and Yashar Pourrahimian (2015). Footprint calculation for block-cave mining under grade uncertainty. Mining Optimization Laboratory (MOL) – Report Six 2014/2015, © MOL, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, September 2015, Paper 305, pp. 171-188.    

  FIROUZ KHODAYARI and Yashar Pourrahimian (2015). An application of quadratic programming for block-cave production scheduling. Mining Optimization Laboratory (MOL) – Report Six 2014/2015, © MOL, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, September 2015, Paper 306, pp. 189-204.     

  Yashar Pourrahimian (2015). A Guideline to Block Cave Production Scheduling Graphical user Interface. Mining Optimization Laboratory (MOL) – Report Six 2014/2015, © MOL, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, September 2015, Paper 401, pp. 205-224.   

  MOHAMMAD TABESH, and Hooman Askari-Nasab (2015), automated mine polygons & production scheduling interface. Mining Optimization Laboratory (MOL) – Report Six 2014/2015, © MOL, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, September 2015, Paper 402, pp. 205-224.    

  SHIV UPADHYAY and Hooman Askari-Nasab (2015), Mine road network and rimpull curve configuration interface. Mining Optimization Laboratory (MOL) – Report Six 2014/2015, © MOL, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, September 2015, Paper 403, pp. 241-250.

Top of the page 

MOL Annual Report Five 2012/2013  (ISBN: 978-1-55195-327-4)

  MOHAMMAD TABESH, CLEMENS MIETH, and Hooman Askari-Nasab (2013). A hybrid solution methodology to long-term open pit production planning. Mining Optimization Laboratory (MOL) – Report Five 2012/2013, © MOL, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, September 2013, Paper 101, pp. 1-23.  

YASHAR POURRAHIMIAN and Hooman Askari-Nasab (2013). Mixed-integer linear programming formulation for determining the best height of draw in block-cave production planning. Mining Optimization Laboratory (MOL) – Report Five 2012/2013, © MOL, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, September 2013, Paper 102, pp. 24-41.

●  MOHAMMAD MAHDI BADIOZAMANI and Hooman Askari-Nasab (2013). An integer programming model to integrate mine planning with composite tailings production plan. Mining Optimization Laboratory (MOL) – Report Five 2012/2013, © MOL, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, September 2013, Paper 103, pp. 42-70.  

●  EUGENE BEN-AWUAH, Tarrant Elkington, and Hooman Askari-Nasab (2013). Concurrent production scheduling and waste management optimization for oil sands application. Mining Optimization Laboratory (MOL) – Report Five 2012/2013, © MOL, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, September 2013, Paper 104, pp. 71-91.   

● BEHRANG KOUSHAVAND, Hooman Askari-Nasab, and Clayton V. Deutsch (2013). The impact of grade uncertainty on optimal production scheduling. Mining Optimization Laboratory (MOL) – Report Five 2012/2013, © MOL, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, September 2013, Paper 105, pp. 92-101.   

● SHIV PRAKASH UPADHYAY and Hooman Askari-Nasab (2013). Shovel allocation optimization:a goal programming approach. Mining Optimization Laboratory (MOL) – Report Five 2012/2013, © MOL, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, September 2013, Paper 106, pp. 102-122.   

● ELMIRA TORKAMANI and Hooman Askari-Nasab (2013). Truck-shovel operational planning using simulation in open pit mines. Mining Optimization Laboratory (MOL) – Report Five 2012/2013, © MOL, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, September 2013, Paper 107, pp. 123-136.    

●  Hooman Askari-Nasab (2013). A guideline to step by step pit design. Mining Optimization Laboratory (MOL) – Report Five 2012/2013, © MOL, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, September 2013, Paper 201, pp. 137-181.    

●  MOHAMMAD TABESH and Hooman Askari-Nasab (2013). Stockpile modeling using discrete event simulation. Mining Optimization Laboratory (MOL) – Report Five 2012/2013, © MOL, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, September 2013, Paper 202, pp. 182-194.

MOHAMMAD TABESH and Hooman Askari-Nasab (2013). Guidelines for size reduction plant modeling in Arena. Mining Optimization Laboratory (MOL) – Report Five 2012/2013, © MOL, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, September 2013, Paper 203, pp. 195-214.

● MOHAMMAD TABESH and Hooman Askari-Nasab (2013). Magnetic separation plant modeling in Arena. Mining Optimization Laboratory (MOL) – Report Five 2012/2013, © MOL, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, September 2013, Paper 204, pp. 215-230.  

Top of the page

MOL Annual Report Four 2011/2012  (ISBN: 978-1-55195-301-4 )

  MOHAMMAD TABESH and Hooman Askari (2012). Advances on block aggregation using hierarchical clustering. MOL Research Report Four 2011/2012, ©MOL, Mining Optimization Laboratory, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, September 2012, Paper 101, pp. 1-15.

● CLEMENS MIETH and Hooman Askari-Nasab (2012). An alternative approach to push-back design. MOL Research Report Four 2011/2012, ©MOL, Mining Optimization Laboratory, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, September 2012, Paper 102, pp. 16-36.

● HESAMEDDIN EIVAZY and Hooman Askari-Nasab (2012). Hierarchical open-pit mine production scheduling optimization –linking the strategic plan to monthly schedule. MOL Research Report Four 2011/2012, ©MOL, Mining Optimization Laboratory, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, September 2012, Paper 103, pp. 37-60.

● BEHRANG KOUSHAVAND, Hooman Askari-Nasab, and Clayton V. Deutsch (2012). Quantifying the cost of grade uncertainty in mine planning. MOL Research Report Four 2011/2012, ©MOL, Mining Optimization Laboratory, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, September 2012, Paper 104, pp. 61-80.

● YASHAR POURRAHIMIAN and Hooman Askari-Nasab (2012). An application of mixed integer linear programming for block cave production scheduling. MOL Research Report Four 2011/2012, ©MOL, Mining Optimization Laboratory, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, September 2012, Paper 105, pp. 81-102.

● YASHAR POURRAHIMIAN and Hooman Askari-Nasab (2012). Implementation of a multilevel mathematical programming formulation for block cave production planning. MOL Research Report Four 2011/2012, ©MOL, Mining Optimization Laboratory, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, September 2012, Paper 106, pp. 103-129.

● EUGENE BEN-AWUAH and Hooman Askari-Nasab (2012). Robust decision making: coupling oil sands mine and waste disposal planning. MOL Research Report Four 2011/2012, ©MOL, Mining Optimization Laboratory, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, September 2012, Paper 201, pp. 130-154.

● MOHAMMAD MAHDI BADIOZAMANI and Hooman Askari-Nasab (2012). An integrated model for oil sands long-term mine planning, tailings and reclamation plans. MOL Research Report Four 2011/2012, ©MOL, Mining Optimization Laboratory, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, September 2012, Paper 202, pp. 155-180.

● SHIV UPADHYAY and Hooman Askari-Nasab (2012). Micro-simulation of mine haulage systems. MOL Research Report Four 2011/2012, ©MOL, Mining Optimization Laboratory, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, September 2012, Paper 301, pp. 181-189.

● ELMIRA TORKAMANI and Hooman Askari-Nasab (2012). Verifying short-term production schedules using truck-shovel simulation. MOL Research Report Four 2011/2012, ©MOL, Mining Optimization Laboratory, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, September 2012, Paper 302, pp. 190-205.

● MOHAMMAD TABESH, EBRAHIM AZIMI and Hooman Askari-Nasab (2012). Linking mine production to milling and concentrate using discrete event simulation. MOL Research Report Four 2011/2012, ©MOL, Mining Optimization Laboratory, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, September 2012, Paper 303, pp. 206-225.

● Hooman Askari-Nasab and MOHAMMAD TABESH (2012). Guidelines for basic truck-shovel simulation modeling using Arena, MOL Research Report Four 2011/2012, ©MOL, Mining Optimization Laboratory, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, September 2012, Paper 401, pp. 226-254.

● Hooman Askari-Nasab (2012). A guide to use resource sets and schedules in truck-shovel simulation in Arena,  MOL Research Report Four 2011/2012, ©MOL, Mining Optimization Laboratory, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, September 2012, Paper 402, pp. 255-287.

● Hooman Askari-Nasab (2012). Truck-shovel simulation – modeling failures, MOL Research Report Four 2011/2012, ©MOL, Mining Optimization Laboratory, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, September 2012, Paper 403, pp. 288-329.

● Hooman Askari-Nasab (2012). Resource classification guidelines in Gemcom Gems, MOL Research Report Four 2011/2012, ©MOL, Mining Optimization Laboratory, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, September 2012, Paper 404, pp. 330-340.

Top of the page

MOL Annual Report Three 2010/2011 (ISBN: 978-1-55195-281-9)

  MOHAMMAD TABESH and Hooman Askari (2011). Block aggregation using clustering techniques and multi-destination production scheduling. MOL Research Report Three 2010/2011, ©MOL, Mining Optimization Laboratory, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, September 2011, Paper 101, pp. 1-16.

HESAMEDDIN EIVAZY and Hooman Askari-Nasab (2011). Alignment of optimal medium-term plans with long-term plans using mixed integer linear programming. MOL Research Report Three 2010/2011, ©MOL, Mining Optimization Laboratory, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, September 2011, Paper 102, pp. 17-38.

  HESAMEDDIN EIVAZY and Hooman Askari-Nasab (2011). A mathematical programming model for long-term stochastic mine production scheduling. MOL Research Report Three 2010/2011, ©MOL, Mining Optimization Laboratory, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, September 2011, Paper 103, pp. 39-58.

BEHRANG KOUSHAVAND and Hooman Askari-Nasab (2011). Quantifying the cost of grade uncertainty in mine planning. MOL Research Report Three 2010/2011, ©MOL, Mining Optimization Laboratory, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, September 2011, Paper 104, pp. 59-74.

  YASHAR POURRAHIMIAN and Hooman Askari-Nasab (2011). Block cave production scheduling optimization using mixed integer linear programming. MOL Research Report Three 2010/2011, ©MOL, Mining Optimization Laboratory, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, September 2011, Paper 105, pp. 75-98.

ELMIRA TORKAMANI and Hooman Askari-Nasab (2011). A mathematical programming model for optimal truck-shovel allocation. MOL Research Report Three 2010/2011, ©MOL, Mining Optimization Laboratory, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, September 2011, Paper 106, pp. 99-105.

BEHRANG KOUSHAVAND and Hooman Askari-Nasab (2011). A mathematical programming model for long-term mine planning in the presence of grade uncertainty. MOL Research Report Three 2010/2011, ©MOL, Mining Optimization Laboratory, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, September 2011, Paper 107, pp. 106-120.

EUGENE BEN-AWUAH and Hooman Askari-Nasab (2011). In-pit and external oil sands dyke construction scheduling using goal programming. MOL Research Report Three 2010/2011, ©MOL, Mining Optimization Laboratory, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, September 2011, Paper 201, pp. 121-146.

MOHAMMAD MAHDI BADIOZAMANI and Hooman Askari-Nasab (2011). Towards integration of oil sands mine and tailings plans. MOL Research Report Three 2010/2011, ©MOL, Mining Optimization Laboratory, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, September 2011, Paper 202, pp. 147-170.

Kwame Awuah-Offei, Bismar Osei, and Hooman Askari-Nasab (2011). Modeling truck-shovel energy efficiency under uncertainty. MOL Research Report Three 2010/2011, ©MOL, Mining Optimization Laboratory, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, September 2011, Paper 301, pp. 171-190.

ELMIRA TORKAMANI and Hooman Askari-Nasab (2011). Alignment of short-term and operational plans using discrete event simulation. MOL Research Report Three 2010/2011, ©MOL, Mining Optimization Laboratory, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, September 2011, Paper 302, pp. 191-203.

MOHAMMAD TABESH, Ebrahim Azimi and Hooman Askari-Nasab (2011). Discrete event simulation of iron ore milling process. MOL Research Report Three 2010/2011, ©MOL, Mining Optimization Laboratory, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, September 2011, Paper 303, pp. 204-217.

● MOHAMMAD MAHDI BADIOZAMANI and Hooman Askari-Nasab (2011). Bulk material terminal simulation modelling. MOL Research Report Three 2010/2011, ©MOL, Mining Optimization Laboratory, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, September 2011, Paper 304, pp. 218-231.

YASHAR POURRAHIMIAN and Hooman Askari-Nasab (2011). Guidelines for using TOMLAB on Linux clusters. MOL Research Report Three 2010/2011, ©MOL, Mining Optimization Laboratory, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, September 2011, Paper 401, pp. 232-237.

MOHAMMAD MAHDI BADIOZAMANI and Hooman Askari-Nasab (2011). Guidelines for building a bulk material terminal simulation model in Arena. MOL Research Report Three 2010/2011, ©MOL, Mining Optimization Laboratory, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, September 2011, Paper 402, pp. 238-276.

● MOHAMMAD TABESH and Hooman Askari-Nasab (2011). Step by step guidelines for modeling coal storage bin design using Arena. MOL Research Report Three 2010/2011, ©MOL, Mining Optimization Laboratory, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, September 2011, Paper 403, pp. 277-299.

Hooman Askari-Nasab (2011). Guidelines for creating block models in Gemcom Gems, MOL Research Report Three 2010/2011, ©MOL, Mining Optimization Laboratory, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, September 2011, Paper 403, pp. 300-335.

Top of the page

MOL Annual Report Two 2009/2010 (ISBN: 978-1-55195-280-2)

  Hooman Askari-Nasab (2010). Applications of MILP long-term open pit production scheduler. MOL Research Report Two 2009/2010, Mining Optimization Laboratory, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, September 2010, Paper 101, pp. 1-17.

 Hooman Askari-Nasab (2010). MILP formulation for open pit scheduling with multiple materials destinations. MOL Research Report Two 2009/2010, Mining Optimization Laboratory, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, September 2010, Paper 102, pp. 18-21.

  Hooman Askari-Nasab, MOHAMMAD TABESH, and MOHAMMAD MAHDI BADIOZAMANI (2010). Creating mining-cuts using hierarchical clustering and tabu search algorithms. MOL Research Report Two 2009/2010, Mining Optimization Laboratory, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, September 2010, Paper 103, pp. 22-35.

  HESAMEDDIN EIVAZY and Hooman Askari-Nasab (2010). A mathematical model for short-term open pit mine planning. MOL Research Report Two 2009/2010, Mining Optimization Laboratory, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, September 2010, Paper 104, pp. 36-48.

  BEHRANG KOUSHAVAND and Hooman Askari-Nasab (2010). Transfer of grade uncertainty into mine planning. MOL Research Report Two 2009/2010, Mining Optimization Laboratory, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, September 2010, Paper 105, pp. 49-68.

EUGENE BEN-AWUAH and Hooman Askari-Nasab (2010). Oil sands mine planning and waste management using goal programming. MOL Research Report Two 2009/2010, Mining Optimization Laboratory, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, September 2010, Paper 106, pp. 69-98.

  SAMIRA KALANTARI and Hooman Askari-Nasab (2010). Oil sands composite tailings disposal planning. MOL Research Report Two 2009/2010, Mining Optimization Laboratory, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, September 2010, Paper 107, pp. 99-115.

  YASHAR POURRAHIMIAN and Hooman Askari-Nasab (2010). An overview of block caving operation and available methods for production scheduling of block cave mines. MOL Research Report Two 2009/2010, Mining Optimization Laboratory, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, September 2010, Paper 108, pp. 116-133.

  YASHAR POURRAHIMIAN and Hooman Askari-Nasab (2010). A mathematical programming formulation for block cave production scheduling. MOL Research Report Two 2009/2010, Mining Optimization Laboratory, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, September 2010, Paper 109, pp. 134-156.

  MOHAMMAD MAHDI BADIOZAMANI and Hooman Askari-Nasab (2010). Lagrangian relaxation of the MILP open pit production scheduling formulation. MOL Research Report Two 2009/2010, Mining Optimization Laboratory, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, September 2010, Paper 110, pp. 157-172.

YASHAR POURRAHIMIAN and Hooman Askari-Nasab (2010). Production scheduling with minimum mining width constraints using mathematical programming. MOL Research Report Two 2009/2010, Mining Optimization Laboratory, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, September 2010, Paper 111, pp. 173-180.

  MOHAMMAD MAHDI BADIOZAMANI, YASHAR POURRAHIMIAN, and MOHAMMAD TABESH (2010). Review of micro modeling and regional modeling in geostatistics with focus on McMurray data. MOL Research Report Two 2009/2010, Mining Optimization Laboratory, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, September 2010, Paper 112, pp. 181-225.

  MOHAMMAD MAHDI BADIOZAMANI, YASHAR POURRAHIMIAN, and MOHAMMAD TABESH (2010). Review of mini modeling and 3D conventional modeling in geostatistics with focus on McMurray data. MOL Research Report Two 2009/2010, Mining Optimization Laboratory, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, September 2010, Paper 113, pp. 226-254

  EUGENE BEN-AWUAH, SAMIRA KALANTARI, and HESSAMEDDIN EIVAZY (2010). Mini-modeling and 3D conventional modeling of Fort McMurray geostatistical data. MOL Research Report Two 2009/2010, Mining Optimization Laboratory, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, September 2010, Paper 114, pp. 255-277.

EUGENE BEN-AWUAH, SAMIRA KALANTARI, YASHAR POURRAHIMIAN, and Hooman Askari-Nasab (2010). Hierarchical mine production scheduling using discrete-event simulation. MOL Research Report Two 2009/2010, Mining Optimization Laboratory, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, September 2010, Paper 201, pp. 278-296

  HESAMEDDIN EIVAZY and Hooman Askari-Nasab (2010). Simulation-optimization of the short-term open pit mine planning problem. MOL Research Report Two 2009/2010, Mining Optimization Laboratory, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, September 2010, Paper 202, pp. 297-309.

  Kwame Awuah-Offei and Hooman Askari-Nasab (2010). Aggregate cost minimization in hot-mix asphalt design. MOL Research Report Two 2009/2010, Mining Optimization Laboratory, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, September 2010, Paper 203, pp. 310-322.

  MOHAMMAD MAHDI BADIOZAMANI and Hooman Askari-Nasab (2010). Using simulation in determining the storage capacity of a coal terminal. MOL Research Report Two 2009/2010, Mining Optimization Laboratory, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, September 2010, Paper 204, pp. 323-335.

Top of the page

MOL Annual Report One 2008/2009 (ISBN: 978-1-55195-279-6)

  •  Hooman Askari-Nasab and Kwame Awuah-Offei, (2009), Mixed integer linear programming formulations for open pit  production scheduling, MOL Research Report One 2008/2009, University of  Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, Sep. 2009, pp. 8-38.

     Hooman Askari-Nasab and Kwame Awuah-Offei, (2009), Numerical modelling of the MILP formulation for open pit production scheduling, MOL Research Report One 2008/2009, University of  Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, Sep. 2009, pp. 39-62.

    ● BEHRANG KOUSHAVAND, Hooman Askari-Nasab, (2009), Transfer of geological uncertainty into mine planning, MOL Research Report One 2008/2009, University of  Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, Sep. 2009, pp. 63-83.

    ● Hooman Askari-Nasab and Kwame Awuah-Offei, (2009), Modeling variable pit slopes in the open pit production scheduling MILP formulation, MOL Research Report One 2008/2009, University of  Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, Sep. 2009, pp. 84-94.

    ● Hooman Askari-Nasab and Kwame Awuah-Offei, (2009), An agent based framework for open pit mine planning, MOL Research Report One 2008/2009, University of  Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, Sep. 2009, pp. 95-112.

    ●  Hooman Askari-Nasab and Kwame Awuah-Offei. (2009), Open pit optimisation using discounted economic block values, MOL Research Report One 2008/2009, University of  Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, Sep. 2009, pp. 113-133.

    ● EUGENE BEN-AWUAH and Hooman Askari-Nasab, (2009), Open pit limits optimization using linear programming, MOL Research Report One 2008/2009, University of  Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, Sep. 2009, pp. 134-149.

    ● SAMIRA KALANTARI and Hooman Askari-Nasab, (2009), Optimization of blending process in mine production, MOL Research Report One 2008/2009, University of  Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, Sep. 2009, pp. 150-167.

    ●  YASHAR POURRAHIMIAN and Hooman Askari-Nasab, (2009), Optimizing block extraction sequence with MIP method and investigating the effect of road condition on truck cycle time, MOL Research Report One 2008/2009, University of  Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, Sep. 2009, pp. 168-188.

    ●  YASHAR POURRAHIMIAN and Hooman Askari-Nasab, (2009), A review of open pit mine production scheduling and a guide for using Excel Solver in modeling MIP problems, MOL Research Report One 2008/2009, University of  Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, Sep. 2009, pp. 189-206.

    ● SAMIRA KALANTARI, (2009), McMurray oil sands pit design using Gemcom and Whittle, MOL Research Report One 2008/2009, University of  Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, Sep. 2009, pp. 207-219.

    ● EUGENE BEN-AWUAH, (2009), Orebody modeling, optimization and pit design using GEMS and Whittle. MOL Research Report One 2008/2009, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, Sep. 2009, pp. 220-235.

    ● EUGENE BEN-AWUAH and Hooman Askari-Nasab, (2009), Simulation of a crushing process, MOL Research Report One 2008/2009, University of  Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, Sep. 2009, pp. 236-248.

    ● SAMIRA KALANTARI and Hooman Askari-Nasab, (2009), Simulation of mine production using MATLAB and AweSim software, MOL Research Report One 2008/2009, University of  Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, Sep. 2009, pp. 249-269.

    ● Kwame Awuah-Offei and Hooman Askari-Nasab, (2009), Cable shovel dynamic simulation application in pre-blasting decision-making, MOL Research Report One 2008/2009, University of  Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, Sep. 2009, pp. 270-285.

    ● Kwame Awuah-Offei and Hooman Askari-Nasab, (2009), Reliability analysis of truck-shovel systems in mining, MOL Research Report One 2008/2009, University of  Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, Sep. 2009, pp. 286-302.

    ● Kwame Awuah-Offei and Hooman Askari-Nasab, (2009), Asphalt mix design optimization for efficient plant management, MOL Research Report One 2008/2009, University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, Sep. 2009, pp. 303-320.

    ● Kwame Awuah-Offei and Hooman Askari-Nasab, (2009), Life cycle assessment of belt conveyor and truck haulage systems in an open pit mine, MOL Research Report One 2008/2009, University of  Alberta, Edmonton, Canada, Sep. 2009, pp. 321-330.

    Top of the page