What works for our situation?

While this Knowledge Hub provides curated information to assist you, it must be adapted for your circumstances.

Some of the resources can be applied in all circumstances e.g. the use of interoperability standards between third-party Proximity Detection (PDS) suppliers and equipment supplied by OEM’s – a common interface protocol allows PDS controls in mixed equipment fleets.

Other resources such as mine design changes e.g. use of light vehicle only roadways, cannot be applied universally. However, the principles behind a case study, once understood can be adapted and applied.

What is the role of technology?

Extensive research and development of new technology react controls that alert and advise operators (Level 8) and work independently of the operator (Level 9) has been undertaken over the last decade. While these react control developments are progressing, there are few examples of successful operational deployments. 

Industry experience is that scoping, implementing, integrating, and maintaining collision avoidance systems is complex because:

  • During operations there is an ongoing dynamic interdependence between design, operate and react controls (reference EMESRT Level 1-9 Model)
  • The successful implementation and integration of react controls requires a comprehensive baseline understanding of design and operate controls
  • Success requires precisely understanding what technology does and does not do, taking a project approach, and human factors considerations in design