Potential role of technology in improving open cut coal mining performance

Scott Andrew (1991). Potential role of technology in improving open cut coal mining performance. In: Queensland Coal Symposium, Brisbane, Aust, (31-37). August 29, 1991-August 30, 1991.

Author Scott Andrew
Title of paper Potential role of technology in improving open cut coal mining performance
Conference name Queensland Coal Symposium
Conference location Brisbane, Aust
Conference dates August 29, 1991-August 30, 1991
Journal name Queensland Coal Symposium
Series Queensland Coal Symposium
Publisher Publ by Australasian Inst of Mining
Publication Year 1991
Sub-type Fully published paper
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
ISBN 0949106631
Start page 31
End page 37
Total pages 7
Language eng
Abstract/Summary In seeking to improve the economic performance of mines, the management or human aspects are usually seen to be quite seperate from, and more significant than, the technical aspects. There are obvious aspects of industrial relations, man-management, skills training and supervision that are currently the focus of efforts to improve the productivity and quality of the mining process. However technology also has a lot to offer. Analysis of the costs involved suggests that innovations leading to improvement in the productivity of the excavation and transport of overburden and the recovery of coal (both in the mine and preperation plant) can lead to improvements in the economic performance of a mine that may outstrip the obvious non-technical or management opportunities for improvement. While there are some innovations currently being investigated within the industry that relate to the design of mining equipment, the type of machinery being used in open cut mines has not changed dramatically over the last twenty five years. It is also likely that mining equipment will remain essentially of the same form in the forseeable future. If significant improvements to mining performance are to be achieved other than by futher increases in the scale of machinery, then we need to seek ways to operate these same types of machines in a more productive and controlled manner. This paper discusses the identification of mining processes the improvement of which is likely to have a significant effect on mining costs and performance. Some areas of current research are discussed and potentially fruitful areas for future development are identified.
Subjects 2200 Engineering
Q-Index Code E1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

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