Collision avoidance and semi-automation in electric rope shovel operation

Cloete, Steven and Horberry, Tim (2014) Collision avoidance and semi-automation in electric rope shovel operation. Ergonomics Australia, 4 2: .

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Author Cloete, Steven
Horberry, Tim
Title Collision avoidance and semi-automation in electric rope shovel operation
Journal name Ergonomics Australia
ISSN 1033-1875
Publication date 2014
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status
Volume 4
Issue 2
Total pages 6
Place of publication Baulkham Hills, NSW, Australia
Publisher Human Factors and Ergonomics Society of Australia
Collection year 2015
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Background: Electric rope shovels are large mobile excavators used in surface mining operations. The role of the shovel is to remove overburden from an underlying coal seam. Material excavated from the face is loaded into haul trucks for removal.

The objective of this research was to apply human factors techniques and principles to the evaluation and iterative
design of load assistance and collision avoidance technologies for electric rope shovels.

Method: Following observations, interviews and technical data reviews, a comprehensive hierarchical task analysis for shovel operation was developed. The human reliability technique, HEART, was used to examine where the shovel operation task could fail, and hence where there was most need for technology to support the shovel operator. The resultant needs analysis was then compared to the capabilities of the technologies under development.

Results: The HEART revealed task difficulties at several points of the operation cycle, and the technologies under development offer a good solution to human error potential in the shovel operation task. The modelling capabilities of the technology can be exploited to provide a shared in-cabin display, depicting the position of the truck relative to the shovel and an optimum ‘loading zone’.

Semi-automation and collision avoidance technologies under development have the potential to improve productivity and safety in electric rope shovel operation. The user-centred approach employed by the research is proving useful for the design new mining technologies, and further work will explore deployment and operator acceptance issues with a similar approach.
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Created: Mon, 28 Apr 2014, 12:53:16 EST by Dr Tim Horberry on behalf of Minerals Industry Safety and Health Centre