Haul road condition monitoring and reporting software
Haul road and tyre maintenance is an essential part of effective hauling practice on any mine, providing huge benefit when implemented correctly, but conventionally requiring significant resources to govern and execute adequately.
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?
The DASMetrics tool implemented on site can simplify road maintenance considerably, assure good governance and scheduling, and can be used to manage work orders for road construction teams.
It enables quantitative measurement of performance through good estimates of road conditions and rolling resistance, which is then translated into an outlined impact on fuel consumption, tyre life, water consumption (for treated and treatable roads) and productivity as compared to well-maintained roads.
DASMetrics 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, actively allowing mines to achieve long-term haul road optimisation as well as reduce the costs of haul road ownership.
Using state of the art technology, the system remotely monitors, captures and reports on defects found on haul roads. The system is customised for each mine site and provides a real time web based dashboard which 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 and the subsequent impact of road quality on fuel usage, tyre life and productivity.
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
- 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 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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With well over 30 years of global research and refinement to rely on, Dust-A-Side has everything it takes – the experience, the personnel and in particular the products – to provide quantifiable results on every level.
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They can be used – effectively and economically – in a wide range of applications such as semi-permanent roads, temporary roads, underground work areas, laydown facilities, exposed areas, stockpile/ embankment areas, veneering and construction areas.
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