This project aims to exploit robotics methods, technologies and approaches developed during the ARC Linkage with Pempek Pty Ltd to address the most significant issues currently under attention, namely the safety during mining operations (Precision three-dimensional localization system for underground mining vehicles, offering improved productivity and personnel safety). The specifics addressed deal with improving real-time site awareness through vehicle localisation.
There are three stages to this project:
Stage 1 & 2 (2013): Vehicle localisation enables effective remote operation of mining machinery during the cutting process, especially during outburst modes when presence of works around the miner is prohibited and will ultimately lead to the possibility of automating this process. The Research and Development contract will aid in evaluating the development sensor package and associated software on Machine Alignment of a Roadheader Miner.
Stage 3 (2014-Current): The specifics addressed in this stage of the project deal with investigating the necessary perception techniques and integration into the localization estimation enabling an auto-cut process where the position of the miner and the boom are required to be computed for effective auto-cutting of the tunnel profile. This further aims to evaluate the effectiveness of the proposed machine alignment and auto-cut on a Roadheader Miner under operational conditions in collaboration with Pempek Pty Ltd, Elgor and FAMUR, and determine the feasibility of using this system.
- David Cooper
- Richard Radzim
- Janusz Pawlicki
- Karsten Voigt
- Kanzhi Wu
- Karol Opielka
- Alex Virgona
- Pempek Pty Ltd