Computing, Health and Science
Historically considerable work has been done to develop models that simulate truck haulage for both underground and open-pit operations. However, this work frequently simplifies or overlooks aspects such as the reliability of the trucks, priority setting and maintenance strategies in the truck shop, and resourcing of the repair facilities. This paper provides an overview of work in this area that is specific to the mining industry and also relevant work from other sectors that might inform how improvements can be made. The paper proposes some specific projects that will assist in identifying technical issues. Initially, it is important to understand what questions should be asked, and justify why it is worth going to the trouble of building a simulation model. What are the potential benefits? How do we measure the performance of the whole system? Once these are resolved, what are the challenges in incorporating asset management strategy, condition and reliability related data into the truck haulage simulation model? These issues will be explored and suggestions for future projects presented with examples.