Mining Simulation

Mining Simulation

What is mining simulation?

Mining simulation is the computer-based modeling of a real open-pit or underground mining system. Simulation allows organizations to analyze and experiment with their mining processes in a virtual setting, reducing the time and cost requirements associated with physical testing. vehicles, conveyors and even operators can quickly be introduced and adjusted within the simulation model, allowing companies the opportunity to determine how best to fully utilize their equipment at the lowest possible cost.


FlexSim is powerful yet easy-to-use software for simulation. A comprehensive and innovative simulation engine is hidden behind drag and drop controls, drop-down lists and many other intuitive features that make it accessible for anyone to experiment with a model. All simulation models are created to scale and are presented using 3D visuals, so it becomes easy to view and recognize supply availability, raw material throughput, and bottlenecks in the system. FlexSim also gives decision makers the tools to confirm their observations, with impressive statistical reporting and analysis built right into the software.

Why simulate mining?

The need for efficiency in the mining industry has never been greater, with taxes, transportation and material costs, and competition continuing to rise each year. Successful companies need to ensure that the costs associated with time, equipment and investments are being considered and optimized. Safety and the reduction of accidents can be accounted for in simulations, leading to information that can minimize such risks. At its core, mining simulation is an inexpensive, risk-free way to test anything from simple revisions to complete redesigns, always with the purpose of meeting production goals at the lowest possible cost. And unlike spreadsheet-based analysis and forecasting, simulation offers a quick and efficient means to adjust parameters and re-simulate, saving valuable time and hastening results.

Why simulate with FlexSim?

Answer important questions – Simulation with FlexSim can answer important questions that face a mining company each day. Just a few examples:

  • Would a reduction/increase in fleet size increase throughput?
  • Would a change in the daily or weekly schedule allow production targets to still be met?
  • Would new capital investments increase performance and justify costs?


Full 3D simulation – Take a leap out of the outdated, flat simulation environment and into something better. FlexSim brings a better visual experience to the world of simulation models, providing rich 3D objects to make your simulation look more realistic. 3D simulation modeling brings the model to life, and aids in communication and discourse for staff members at all levels.

Easy to use, yet powerful – FlexSim presents user-friendly tools like drop-down menus and drag and drop functionality that allow beginners to build and test models in just minutes, with no background in computer coding. And with a bit of practice in FlexSim’s intuitive Logic Builder, or by using some basic commands, users can get the most out of this extensible and powerful simulation engine.

Consider every viewpoint – Unlike other simulation software products that are built with a narrow focus, FlexSim has the flexibility to answer any question about your mining process. From the transportation of ore and waste to the capacity of reduction kilns, FlexSim provides the tools to consider a vast range of improvement plans – and helps determine if the plans will meet production requirements.

No project is too big – FlexSim is capable of simulating any sized project, no matter the scope or complexity. All facets of a project—including supply chain considerations, workforce schedules, equipment downtimes, and risk management—can be simulated in just one FlexSim model.

Competitively priced and cost effective – With a variety of license types and a comprehensive support network, FlexSim provides industry-leading value to its customers. Our 3D simulation software is competitively priced and doesn’t come with any hidden costs or add-ons, so even the most basic license comes packaged withpowerful features such as the experimentation engine and the ExpertFit® distribution-fitting software.

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