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D.C. Reid, M.T. Dunn, P.B. Reid and J.C. Ralston, A practical inertial navigation solution for continuous miner automation, 12th Coal Operators' Conference, University of Wollongong & the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, 2012, 114-119.


The outcomes achieved at the completion of a major industry-funded project undertaken by the CSIRO Mining Technology Group to advance the automation capability of continuous mining equipment in underground coal mining operations are reported. The details of a practical steering and guidance solution for autonomous Continuous Miner operation employing novel inertial navigation aiding techniques are described. The results of navigation performance evaluation using a scaled skid-steer mobility platform completing three segments of a two-heading roadway development pattern under autonomous control are presented. These results represent a significant milestone in achieving a step change improvement in underground roadway development practice.