1. Introduction to the EMESRT Vehicle Interaction Control Improvement Guide

1.1 Scope

The EMESRT Vision is a mining industry free of fatalities, injuries and occupational illnesses associated with operating and maintaining earth moving equipment.

Since 2013, EMESRT has facilitated an industry-level vehicle interaction project with the goal of improving the reliability of vehicle interaction controls in mining.

This guide has been developed to assist operating sites in the resources industry deliver successful projects that improve vehicle interaction controls.

1.2 Conditions of Use

This publication is written by practitioners for practitioners. While it acknowledges the extensive input of researchers, academics and other industry thought leaders, including referencing and applying their research and theory, it remains firmly based on approaches that have been successfully applied in mining operations.

This resource was prepared by EMESRT with the agreement of all content contributors. It is freely offered as part of an evolving good practice industry reference resource through EMESRT, and reflects the industry intent to collaborate and share information. As such it cannot be, nor is it intended to be, a prescriptive document. Instead it is expected that users will appropriately adapt the information, based on their specific circumstances and role.

However, EMESR retains copyright for both electronic and hardcopy forms. The document may be copied in part or whole, provided it is specifically for educational or training purposes only, the copies are not sold for monies, and each individual figure or hardcopy page used clearly acknowledges and references the source.

1.3 Objective 

The overall objective of this guide is to provide consistent structured guidance for resource industry operating sites, so that they can deliver projects that improve Vehicle Interaction (VI) controls.

The guide has six further objectives

  1. Manage as a Project
  2. Phase 1 – Understand your vehicle interaction control baseline i.e. know where are you starting from
  3. Phase 2 – Identify and correct any gaps between the baseline design and current operations
  4. Phase 3 – Enhance existing approaches, by selecting and implementing design and technology innovations that iteratively improve operations (doing what we do now â?? but better)
  5. Phase 4 – Identify and implement step change design and technology innovations that improve operations (replace, or add to, what we do now)
  6. Phase 4+ – Fit your VI Control Improvement approach into the operating site and company digital strategy.

2. Using this Resource

This resource is based on processes and approaches that have been applied at EMESRT member company operations to systematically improve vehicle interaction controls. This includes the operational integration of new technology VI controls.

Expected users are site and divisional leaders with the business knowledge and experience to plan and deliver complex business improvement projects.

2.1. Resource Structure

To assist users with project scoping, planning and delivery, this resource is organised around a hierarchical Work Breakdown Structure (WBS), with six objectives that are developed in the procedure below.

For each objective, the results required for success are listed. These are in turn linked to work packages that summarise the inputs necessary to deliver the results.

When combined, the results and work packages provide users with starting point information that can be adapted for site use.