Dragline automation - a decade of development : shared autonomy for improving mining equipment productivity

Winstanley, Graeme, Usher, Kane, Corke, Peter, Dunbabin, Matthew, & Roberts, Jonathan M. (2007) Dragline automation - a decade of development : shared autonomy for improving mining equipment productivity. IEEE Robotics and Automation Magazine, 14(3), pp. 52-64.

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Draglines are massive machines commonly used in surface mining to strip overburden, revealing the targeted minerals for extraction. Automating some or all of the phases of operation of these machines offers the potential for significant productivity and maintenance benefits. The mining industry has a history of slow uptake of automation systems due to the challenges contained in the harsh, complex, three-dimensional (3D), dynamically changing mine operating environment. Robotics as a discipline is finally starting to gain acceptance as a technology with the potential to assist mining operations. This article examines the evolution of robotic technologies applied to draglines in the form of machine embedded intelligent systems. Results from this work include a production trial in which 250,000 tons of material was moved autonomously, experiments demonstrating steps towards full autonomy, and teleexcavation experiments in which a dragline in Australia was tasked by an operator in the United States.

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ID Code: 33798
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Mining automation, shared autonomy, dragline, active controls, traded control, terrain mapping, autonomous operation
DOI: 10.1109/MRA.2007.901315
ISSN: 1070-9932
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > ELECTRICAL AND ELECTRONIC ENGINEERING (090600)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > RESOURCES ENGINEERING AND EXTRACTIVE METALLURGY (091400) > Mining Engineering (091405)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Current > Institutes > Institute for Future Environments
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Past > Schools > School of Engineering Systems
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Deposited On: 02 Sep 2010 05:42
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