TS. Schedule tab

The Schedule tab is the main work area of Alastri Tactical Scheduler software, representing the unique functionality of scheduling and allowing the user to work with it in many different ways.

This tab consists of several important areas and auxiliary tabs, each of which has its own functionality.

Below in this section you’ll find a general overview of the Schedule tab with a brief description of all its components.

Overview

A general overview of the Schedule tab for a a sample project.

Example Schedule tab overview

Description of the Schedule tab's components see below:

Scenarios Panel

The Scenarios panel is located at the top of the Schedule tab.

  • In the left part of the panel, you can add, delete, move up and down scenarios using the corresponding buttons.

  • By clicking on the eye icon in the Visible column, you can toggle the visibility of the scenarios.

  • In the Scenario column, you can type the required name for the scenario.

  • In the dropdown colors dialog (the Color column) you can set any color for the scenario, as well as adjust the brightness and opacity.

  • Toggling the circle in the Locked column locks / unlocks the ability to make changes to the input data. Locked fields will appear hatched.

Scenarios panel

Press to run one single period, or press <F9> key

Press to run scenario

Press to run full schedule

In the scenario charts area, you can view the progress of the scenarios by period.

Click to synchronize the sizes of all scenarios bars

Click to zoom all scenarios.

  • You can also zoom the display by scrolling the mouse wheel, or

  • Drag and drop scenarios in the display area while holding down the scroll wheel.

To change the items displayed in the scenarios area, click on the dropdown list on the right of the panel and select the required one.

Scenario display dropdown list

Tabs

The Schedule tab contains five additional tabs, with different functionality and work viewports. A detailed description of each of them is given below.

Calendar, Animation, Period Plots, Trace and Reporting Tabs

Calendar tab

The Calendar tab is a calendar plan for the open pit mining, arranged by production periods, mine components, equipment used, and applicable constraints and parameters.

The main area of the Calendar tab is the Dashboard.

Dashboard

Alastri Tactical Scheduler Schedule tab dashboard consists of two main sections:

  1. Category list: an organised list of all the project items to display on the main Dashboard panel and in further charts and reports.

  2. Dashboard viewport: complete information on all or selected categories, sorted by periods and specified parameters.

Full information on Calendar data inputs dashboard (and its configuring), working with the Calendar, Animations, Block sequences and solving any possible problems is given in the subsidiary sections:

Animation tab

The Animation tab provides the user with a graphical representation of the activities performed by periods, as well as the ability to select data to display and set priority incentives. Detailed information about the Animation tab and its panels and fields see here.

Period Plots tab

The Period Plots tab is used to present graphical plots of entire benches or lifts.

Example period plot of a bench at 776 RL with blasts types labels

Select a bench or lift from the tree on the left and its blocks will be displayed in the main viewport.

Use the <CTRL> and <SHIFT> keys to select multiple levels from the tree structure on the left.

Note that it is not possible to display the level of the entire pit or stage, the selection may only contain benches and lifts.

In the Template field, select the desired template to display.

Click the gear icon to open the Plot Settings window, where you can set the display parameters for the different components.

Plot Pettings dialog

Period Plot dialog items

Field

Usage

Field

Usage

Title

  • Flag to show a selected level Title at the top

  • Title font selection

  • Title size selection

  • Title style selection

Labels

  • Flag to show a block property (i.e. blast type) over every block

  • Label font selection

  • Label size selection

  • Label style selection

Legends

  • Flag to show a legend in the top right corner

  • Font selection

  • Size selection

  • Style selection

Scale

Select how to display a scale below the map ("Scale", "Grid", "None")

Image Size

Enter the width and the height of the plot

Legend

Tick to show used periods only

Period

Select what periods to show

Expand

Optionally specify Expand Distance

  • Select the activity type from the Activity field dropdown: it can be “Mining” or “Drilling”.

  • Use the Label dropdown to select which labels you want to display on the plot (in the example below, wet tonnes).

Activity and labels selection
  • You can also save and export the displayed plot directly from the viewport by right-clicking and selecting "Save" from the dropdown.

If Show Legends is checked in the Plot Settings window, you will see a legend of color assignments by period on the right side of the viewport.

Trace tab

The Trace Report (Schedule tab > Trace tab) records decisions made when an Agent evaluates a source block. This provides a useful tool for users to understand why a block was mined (or not) at a particular point in time.

Trace messages for R9400 in period 12

More information about Trace Reports see here.

Reporting tab

The Reporting tab is displayed within the context of a given project and enables you to generate any standard or custom report currently available for the project. In this tab you can generate a single report or multiple different reports simultaneously for the project. Once the generation of a report has completed, you may export and download the report in all its available formats.

Reporting tab overview for a sample project

Detailed information on the Reporting tab components, fields and sub-tabs see here.