SIMULATION OF BULK EARTHWORK AND QUARRY MATERIAL DELIVERY DURING SURFACE MINE TRANSFORMATION

World Mining Congress
The transformation of an open pit coal mine to a horizontal-punch underground mine is subject to a number of challenges. These include scheduling the operation of various sizes of trucks over a long period, as well as updating delivery routes and dump site locations as the mine transformation progresses. In this process, rock is excavated from a quarry through earthworks. The bulk earthwork and quarry material delivery were initially drawn from traditional planning and experienced issues in their early phases. As a result, a traffic simulator was developed in order to validate schedules and predict achievable throughput, likely delays or blockages in the long term. The dynamic traffic simulator was also used to provide traffic density and vehicle arrival data at selected intersections in order to identify possible safety and efficiency issues.
Keywords: Vehicles; Model; Models; Traffic; Mines; Mine; Trucks; Truck; Materials;
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