Haul Road Design and Operational Benchmarking

Haul Road Design and Operational Benchmarking

Areas of Study: Mining

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The course is tailored to suit various participants. Mine consultants, personnel involved with the design, construction and day-to-day maintenance and management of the mine roads and truck fleet operations (maintenance, tyres, fuel, etc.) would find immediate benefit from the course, as would engineering and planning personnel and bulk earthmoving equipment suppliers and contracting service providers.


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  • Audience Level:
  • Professional
  • Enrollment:
  • Required
  • Duration:
  • 20 hours

Course Summary


This Edumine course will introduce participants to the principles of mine haul road design, from road building material selection and characterisation, road-user (truck and traffic) requirements, through to performance benchmarking and evaluation as a basis for road maintenance management decision making.

These skills will enable participants to evaluate their current haul road systems, recognise operational inefficiencies and implement continuous improvement strategies to reduce cost per ton hauled across the mine road network and improve road performance on a day-to-day operational basis. The training will provide participants with answers to practical mine haul road-operational issues such as:

  • Why are good roads necessary - what are the benefits of an improved haul road design and infrastructure?
  • What critical operational aspects should a road design consider?
  • Equipment, materials and methods - what is required?
  • How do you translate a design into practical construction techniques?
  • When are dust palliatives appropriate - and how do they influence road management and cost per ton hauled?
  • How do you benchmark a road design - what do you see, what does it mean and how do you fix the problem?

Learning Outcomes

  • Basic haul road geometric design principles for optimum road and truck fleet performance
  • Structural and layerworks design and evaluation techniques
  • Functional design, incorporating wearing course material selection and dust palliative selection and management
  • Haul road benchmarking and performance evaluation techniques which can be used as a decision-making basis for motivating and implementing haul road maintenance or rehabilitation.

Recommended Background

  • Experience of mining/civil/construction operations
  • A technical/engineering degree or diploma

Prof. Roger J Thompson

Roger Thompson is Professor of Mining Engineering with Curtin University's Western Australian School of Mines.

Roger graduated from Camborne School of Mines in 1984 and 1990 with the degrees BSc(Hons)(Mining), MSc(Mining) and gained his PhD through the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Pretoria in 1996. He is a registered Professional Engineer (South Africa), Member of the Institute of Engineers (Australia)(Civil College) and certificated manager for coal and gold mines.

Following a number of years in mining production, in 1991 he took up a post as Senior Lecturer, and from 2003 the post of Professor of Mining Engineering, at the University of Pretoria. In 2000/2001, he was guest researcher at the NIOSH and Colorado School of Mines as a Fulbright Scholar. In 2008 he moved to Curtin University WASM in Kalgoorlie, Western Australia.

Roger has undertaken numerous contact research and consulting assignments, centred on the design, improvement, rehabilitation and management of mine haul roads for a number of the world's leading surface mining operations. He is the co-author and author of numerous peer reviewed publications in the field of mine haul road design, as well as the 2011 SME Mining Engineering Handbook contribution on mine haul road design. He also runs Masterclass training in mine haul road design, construction and management locally and internationally.