OptimalSlope is intelligent software that designs optimal mine pitwalls. Because of the optimality of the pitwall shape, the amount of waste rock to be excavated is substantially reduced and so in turn the cost of excavation resulting in higher profits and lower carbon footprint.learn more Download our brochure
The excavation of a mine incurs costs typically in the order of hundreds of million USD. Lower costs would allow higher profitability and more mining projects coming to fruition.
Mining is a highly carbon intensive industry needing urgent solutions to reduce mining carbon footprint.
The current life-of-mine design methodology is sequential: pitwall profiles are provided by geotechnical consultants to mining engineers who run pit optimisers. No iterations are performed between pit optimisation and pitwall design so the resulting mine design (pushbacks and UPL) often turn out to be highly suboptimal.
OptimalSlope has been tested on 4 peer reviewed case studies of small-medium metalliferous mines with increases of Net Present Value obtained in comparison with the design based on traditional methodology of up to 52%.
OptimalSlope helps mining companies towards their ESG objectives. Adopting the pitwall profiles determined by OptimalSlope leads to average reductions of CO2 equivalent emissions of 30,000 tonnes a year per mine. If our solution was adopted in all mines, a reduction of 150 million tonnes of CO2 a year could be achieved.
OptimalSlope replaces the need for time consuming back and forth between geotechnical and mining teams in the strategic life-of-mine design phase. The output of OptimalSlope can be fed directly into the pit optimiser of choice to work out pushbacks and the Ultimate Pit Limit.
OptimalSlope is highly parallelised so that the heavy calculations involved to find the optimal profile for each sector of a mine pit can be performed in reasonable times. A user friendly GUI is used for the input and output of the data.
OptimalSlope does not require any dongle or physical device but it is deployed on the AWS cloud. This allows best management of computational resources so that the right computational power is always made available.
We have a flexible pricing model: you can purchase a licence for use of the code on a subscription basis (annual or monthly) or you can ask a quote for a consultancy to get the strategic design of the mine and anything in between including training.
Committed to revolutionise mining to build a better tomorrow
Professor of Geotechnical Engineering at Newcastle University (UK), MEng MSc PhD, Chartered Engineer & Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineering, Eur Ing, member of the International Technical Committee ISSMGE 208 “Slope stability in engineering practice"
A civil engineer by training and a problem solver by vocation, Andrea is in the final stages of receiving his PhD in geotechnical engineering from Newcastle University
Our team is made of geotechnical engineers, software engineers, and computer scientists. If you are interested in joining us or in any further information please see our Team page