An infrastructure for surface mining equipment teleoperation

CIM Bulletin, Vol. 93, No. 1043, 2000

M.G. Lipsett, Materials and Equipment Research, Syncrude Canada Ltd., Edmonton, Alberta

Mining properties are becoming increasingly remote, a challenging situation for operating and maintaining equipment. Logistics of transporting workers and materials can be alleviated by having timely, accurate information of equipment location and operating condition, and by automating some activities. This paper discusses an infrastructure for remote operations, with strategies for communicating different types of data, and a design method so that systems can interact with either an operator or another system. A remotely operated excavator prototype is described, with on-board performance and diagnostic monitoring systems now used on production equipment.
Keywords: Automation, Equipment, Oil sands, Open pit mining, Remote monitoring and control, Teleoperation, Prototypes.