Effectiveness of optimization strategies to improve productivity and safety in open pit mines: protocol for a systematic review

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Rania Rebbah
J. Duarte
J. Santos Baptista


Mining industry importance stems from the fact that it forms the basis of all materials used by humankind, including the agro-industrial sector, where products such as phosphates are behind a significant part of all modern agriculture. Despite its high economic importance, the constraints of its activity make it be considered one of the most challenging and dangerous industries. The main optimization problems in open pit mining design consist on the determination of the ultimate pit limit for exploitation, and mining block sequences for the production schedule, where safety management decision system needs to be integrated. The proposed protocol provides the procedure that will be used to conduct one or more systematic reviews according to the PRISMA statement, to prove the effectiveness of optimization solutions on open pit mining production and occupational safety. The search will be carried out in eight electronic engineering databases, using eight combinations of appropriate keywords for the topic to achieve the main goal. The selection process, data extraction, and data synthesis are described. advantages (improvement in mine planning and safety in the long and short term), the effectiveness of implementation (cost and time). Outcomes of this study will contribute to the mining industry through research in order to improve mine planning and safety in long term and short term.  


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