Roger Thompson, professor of mining engineering, Curtin University

A question many surface mine operators face is how to justify expenditure on a haul road, either as a new construction or a rebuild of an existing road. Various design methodologies can be used to build a new road, some approaches being more cost-effective than others. Similarly, for a rebuild or rehabilitation of an existing road, how can investment in road improvements be justified in the context of the total cost of material haulage? This presentation examines these questions, from both conventional and autonomous haulage standpoints.