The efficiency of the truck-shovel haulage system is significantly influenced by the truck fleet size. A discrete event simulation model with 3D animation has been developed to estimate the productivity of a truck-shovel network system, shovel efficiency, truck cycle time, truck utilisation and the optimal fleet size. The simulation model considers the dynamic variability of traffic conditions and also the truck as an individual entity. The resulting truck cycle time was found to be realistic and thus providing a better tool for strategic mine planning.
Zeng, W, Baafi, E, Walker, D and Cai, D, 2016. A 3D Discrete Event Simulation Model of a Truck-shovel Network System, in Proceedings Ninth AusIMM Open Pit Operators’ Conference 2016, pp 265–273 (The Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy: Melbourne).