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The Stope Boundary Optimization (SBO) problem refers to the layout design of production areas (stopes) in an underground mining operation. It falls within the domain of strategic mine planning and a model that addresses this problem aims to maximize profitability, offers optimal management of mineral resources and facilitates decision making around capital investments. The SBO problem is computationally complex and a method that offers solution within a reasonable computation time does notdoi:10.6084/m9.figshare.14743034.v1 fatcat:og2qwnzdojf3bibvn7ptxmqqka