REWAS 2013 pp 111-121 | Cite as

Moving Equipment and Workers to Mine Construction Site at a Logistically Challenged Area

  • Laszlo Tikasz
  • Dennis Biroscak
  • Scheale Duvah Pentiah
  • Robert I. McCulloch

Abstract

Social sensitivity of habitants, minimal impact on the environment, low-grade infrastructure, high altitude, frequent rock slides combined with expectations for the timely moving of equipment and workers are some of the challenges emerging from the current construction of a mine. Starting with traditional planning, and experiencing issues in the early phase of the construction, a traffic simulator was requested by the Procurement Department in order to validate daily-weekly schedules and predict likely delays or blockages on the long-term.

The now available simulator captures the available routes and the applicable travelling rules. Traffic schedules are inputs to the simulator, which attempts to perform the planned movements of the vehicles of various type and size. The data collected is analyzed and recommendations are made to management thus providing the means of adaptive/responsive planning and dispatching of vehicles and convoys.

The simulator is undergoing real-life tests. It is expected that adaptive traffic planning will result in an improved usage of resources and will help maintain sustainable operation.

Keywords

Safety Social Awareness Mine Construction Traffic Organization Modeling Simulation 

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References

  1. 1.
    Laszlo Tikasz, C. Mark Read, Robert Baxter, Rafael L. Pires, Robert I. McCulloch; “Safe and Efficient Traffic Flow for Aluminium Smelters”; Paper presented at TMS Light Metals 2010.Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    Responsible Mining for the Benefit of All, Sustainability Report, 2011. www.xstrata.copper.com
  3. 3.
    Laszlo Tikasz, Philippe Toutoungi, Robert I. McCulloch, “Ore Hauling Alternatives from Mine to Site”, Paper submitted to the 23rd World Mining Conference 2013.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© TMS (The Minerals, Metals & Materials Society) 2013

Authors and Affiliations

  • Laszlo Tikasz
    • 1
  • Dennis Biroscak
    • 2
  • Scheale Duvah Pentiah
    • 1
  • Robert I. McCulloch
    • 1
  1. 1.BECHTEL Canada Co.MontréalCanada
  2. 2.BECHTEL Co.San FranciscoUSA

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