A computerized approach for assessing the visibility from underground mobile mining equipment.
Glowacki-AF; Unger-RL; Rossi-EW
Ch 4 in Proc SME PP 29-41, 1992; :29-41
The U.S. Bureau of Mines has developed a graphics-based computer model to assess operator visibility for continuous miners, shuttle cars, and scoops. Using digitized drawings of the machine, the program can analyze visibility for both 5th percentile female and 95th percentile male operators. This model was used to predict 95th percentile male operator visibility for two shuttle car designs. These results were then compared to those obtained from a manual assessment of visibility using the actual shuttle cars. The methods showed good correlation except for several cases that were attributed to imprecise digitization of the machines.
Mining; Underground mines; Underground mining; Computer models; Mining equipment; Visual fields; Continuous mining; Machine operators; Equipment design; Equipment operators; Equipment reliability; Equipment testing; Worker safety; Humans; Men; Women; Visual aids; Visual images; Motor vehicles; Mobile equipment
Ch. 4 in Proc. SME, PP. 29-41