Automation of underground truck haulage

Roberts, Jonathan M. & Corke, Peter I. (1997) Automation of underground truck haulage. In Underground Mining Methods and Communication Systems, Proceedings of the Australia-Japan Technology Exchange Workshop in Coal Mine Production, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization and Japan Coal Energy Centre, Newcastle, Australia, pp. 53-64.


This paper reviews the state-of-the-art in the automation of underground truck haulage. Past attempts at automating LHDs and haul trucks are described and their particular strengths and weaknesses are listed. We argue that the simple auto-tramming systems currently being commercialised, that follow rail-type guides placed along the back, cannot match the performance, flexibility and reliability of systems based on modern mobile robotic principles. In addition, the lack of collision detection research in the underground environment is highlighted.

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ID Code: 85142
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Truck haulage, Automation, Auto-tramming, Mobile robotics, Underground
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 1997 [Please consult the authors]
Deposited On: 06 Jul 2015 22:56
Last Modified: 06 Jul 2015 22:58

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