Dust-A-Side’s revolutionary haul road condition monitoring and reporting software
As many mines have experienced first hand, a poorly designed haul road will ultimately lead to premature failure, resulting in exorbitant maintenance and operational costs.
Furthermore, when building or repairing roads, the impact of short-term decisions upon the long-term operating costs are often rarely captured or understood.
To help mine operators maximise the long term value of haul roads, Dust-A-Side have developed a revolutionary haul road condition monitoring and reporting software system called DASMetrics.
How does DASMetrics work?
DASMetrics actively allows mines to achieve long-term haul road optimisation as well as reduce the costs of haul road ownership.
The software has been developed in conjunction with industry-leading experts who specialise in enhancing mine productivity. It incorporates a scientific auditing process designed to ensure the continuous improvement of haul road quality as well as reduce the total cost of road ownership.
Using state of the art technology, the system remotely monitors, captures and reports on defects found on haul roads. Customised for each mine site, it utilises smart camera technology fitted to light vehicles or mobile equipment to automatically scan and capture road defects. A real time web based dashboard then allows users access to haul road conditions and reporting data at the push of a button.
The report shows a clear picture of the state of every haul road throughout a mine site. Management can then use the system to assign repair tasks to workers.
The real power of DASMetrics is derived from the algorithms built into the system that quantify the true value of the haul road conditions observed. By reporting upon the real impact that haul roads in poor condition are having upon the likes of fuel, tyres and productivity, it means that mines are able to make more informed decisions about how best to enhance their operation.
Key features delivered by DASMetrics
- A method for auditing and surveying road defects quantitatively as a roughness defect score to be translated into effective rolling resistance
- The ability to identify localised road defects together with the ability to classify defects in terms of type, size and extent (different defect types have different cost impacts on road use)
- The ability to assess the impact and productivity and operational cost when the defects are combined (the combination of types and sizes of defects determines the maintenance strategy)
- Automatic and/or user friendly maintenance workflow management systems and processes
- Quantitative information such as productivity and operational costs and safety and environmental issues to enable appropriate management decisions
Key benefits of using DASMetrics:
DASMetrics allows mine operators to make incremental and continuous improvements in road quality, leading to:
- Faster cycle times
- Improved vehicle components & tyre life
- Reduced water consumption
- Improved productivity
- Safer operations
- Lower operating costs
- Reduced fuel consumption
- Emissions reductions
Assessing haul road quality just got smarter…
Dust-A-Side’s new Autonomous Road Inspection Device (ARID) has recently been rolled out in Australia as part of our DASMetrics road management and quantification technology offering.
The device can be fitted to a light or heavy vehicle, and uses a combination of accelerometers and advanced imaging technology to capture road quality. The data captured by the ARID is then consolidated and presented via a series of graphical interfaces in the DASMetrics software system.
The machine learning (artificial intelligence) built into the back end of the system continually enhances the information available through DASMetrics as future road surveys are conducted; enabling mine operators to identify the true dollar value of good quality haul roads through the likes of reduced rolling resistance, cycle times, fuel burn rates and tyre wear.
The release of the ARID technology, coupled with the DASMetrics platform, is set to revolutionise the way that mining companies manage and assess the quality of their haul roads. Please contact us for further information.
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Today, we operate at over 70 mine sites across four continents, employ nearly 900 personnel and leverage off our dynamic global parent company, Colas. As such, we are uniquely placed to provide a holistic approach to haul road management.