AAAI Publications, Twenty-Fourth International Conference on Automated Planning and Scheduling

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Planning for Mining Operations with Time and Resource Constraints
Nir Lipovetzky, Christina N. Burt, Adrian R. Pearce, Peter J. Stuckey

Last modified: 2014-05-11

Abstract


We study a daily mine planning problem where, given a set of blocks we wishto mine, our task is to generate a mining sequence for the excavators suchthat blending resource constraints are met at various stages of thesequence. Such time-oriented resource constraintsare not traditionally handled well by automated planners. On the other hand,the remaining problem involves finding node-disjoint sequences withstate-dependent travel times on the arcs, which are highly challenging for a Mixed-Integer Program (MIP).In this paper, we address the problem of finding feasible sequences using a combined MIP and planning based decomposition approach. The MIP takes care of the resource constraints, and the planner solves the remaining sequence problem. We extend the notion of finding feasible sequences to finding good feasible sequences, by devising a heuristic objective function in the MIP, which improves the resulting search space for the planner.We empirically analyse the scalability of our approach on a benchmark data set, before demonstrating its effectiveness on a real world case study provided by our industry partner. These results demonstrate that by using a heuristic MIP, it is possible to obtain better makespan results with a suboptimal planner than by using an optimal planner with an uninformed MIP.

Keywords


Mixed-Integer Program, State-Dependent Network, Planning with Resources, Temporal Planning

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