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Conference Paper

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David Walker, Ernest Baafi and Senevi Kiridena, An approach to solve underground coal mine logistics strain, Proceedings of the 2023 Resource Operators Conference, University of Wollongong - Mining Engineering, February 2023, 84-90.


There is currently no mechanism for mine management and strategic planners to identify potential future logistical supply chain bottlenecks within a mine plan and address them proactively. By identifying any logistics constraints as early as possible, the best opportunity to rectify the problem at the least expense is realised. The paper discusses a novel approach which has been developed to strategically identify logistics bottlenecks and the impacts that mine planning parameters might have on these at any point in time throughout a life of mine plan. The developed system was applied to a real-world Australian mine with actual logistics tracking data input for both calibration and prediction testing. It confirmed that the system was indeed “bolt on” and could predict the number of delivery machines operating at any point in time within the mine’s life.