A Field Study on Haul Time Variability in Open Pit Mines

dc.contributor.authorChapman, Andrewen
dc.contributor.departmentMining Engineeringen
dc.contributor.supervisorMarshall, Joshua A.en
dc.date2012-08-28 16:02:38.369
dc.date.accessioned2012-08-31T20:51:59Z
dc.date.available2012-08-31T20:51:59Z
dc.date.issued2012-08-31
dc.degree.grantorQueen's University at Kingstonen
dc.descriptionThesis (Master, Mining Engineering) -- Queen's University, 2012-08-28 16:02:38.369en
dc.description.abstractAs open pit mines get larger and their road networks more complex, haul road traffic is an area of increasing concern for mine operators. In particular, engineers from Barrick Gold Inc. have observed haul truck interactions in some of their larger open pit mines that are clearly disruptive to the haulage cycle. Such traffic effects cause uncertainty in haul times over identical routes and commercial dispatch systems do not explicitly account for this variability. This research, based on first-hand data collected from the Goldstrike Open Pit in Northern Nevada, focuses on assessing the level of variability in haul times, identifying the sources of said variability, and determining the effects on haulage optimization. Initial data analysis shows different levels of variability over the range of observed haul times, and further investigation identifies certain haulage parameters as significant sources of said variability, such as road topography and intersection effects. Focusing on these areas of interest, relevant data sets were manipulated to reduce levels of data dispersion and compared to observed results in order to quantify the effects in terms of changes to overall mean haul times along identical routes. It was observed that variability has a negative impact on travel times and moderate variability reduction was observed to increase productivity by 1–2 % when used as an input to a simple dispatch simulation program based on the Goldstrike Open Pit.en
dc.description.degreeM.A.Sc.en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1974/7410
dc.language.isoengen
dc.relation.ispartofseriesCanadian thesesen
dc.rightsThis publication is made available by the authority of the copyright owner solely for the purpose of private study and research and may not be copied or reproduced except as permitted by the copyright laws without written authority from the copyright owner.en
dc.subjectDispatchen
dc.subjectTrafficen
dc.subjectVariabilityen
dc.subjectOptimizationen
dc.titleA Field Study on Haul Time Variability in Open Pit Minesen
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