Mining Haul Roads : Theory and Practice

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Author(s): Roger Thompson, Rodrigo Peroni, Alex T. Visser

Mining haul roads are a critical component of surface mining infrastructure and the performance of these roads has a direct impact on operational efficiency, costs and safety. A significant proportion of a mine’s cost is associated with material haulage and well-designed and managed roads contribute directly to reductions in cycle times, fuel burn, tyre costs and overall cost per tonne hauled and critically, underpin a safe transport system.

The first comprehensive treatise on mining haul road design, construction, operation and management, Mining Haul Roads – Theory and Practice presents an authoritative compendium of worldwide experience and state-of-the-art practices developed and applied over the last 25 years by the three authors, over three continents and many of the world’s leading surface mining operations. In this book, the authors:

  • Introduce the four design components of an integrated design methodology for mining haul roads – geometric (including drainage), structural, functional and maintenance management
  • Illustrate how mine planning constraints inform road design requirements
  • Develop the analytical framework for each of the design components from their theoretical basis, and using typical mine-site applications, illustrate how site-specific design guidelines are developed, together with their practical implementation
  • Summarise the key road safety and geometric design considerations specific to mining haul roads
  • Specify the mechanistic structural design approach unique to ultra-heavy wheel loading associated with OTR mine trucks
  • Describe the selection, application and management of the road wearing course material, together with its rehabilitation, including the use of palliatives
  • Develop road and operating cost models for estimating total road-user costs, based on road rolling resistance measurement and modelling techniques
  • Illustrate the approach of costing a mining road construction project based on the design methodologies previously introduced
  • List and describe future trends in mine haulage system development, how mining haul road design will evolve to meet these new system challenges and how the increasing availability of data is used to manage road performance and ultimately provide 24x7 trafficability.

Mining Haul Roads – Theory and Practice is a complete practical reference for mining operations, contractors and mine planners alike, as well as civil engineering practitioners and consulting engineers. It will also be invaluable in other fields of transportation infrastructure provision and for those seeking to learn and apply the state-of-the-art in mining haul roads.

“This book is the most definitive treatise on mining haul roads ever written […] There has never been a text that addresses the many facets of mining haul roads on such a scope […]” From the Foreword by Jim Humphrey, Professional Engineer, Autonomous haulage systems developer and Distinguished Member of the Society of Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration.


Up to the launch of the book, various aspects of this interesting field were covered in technical publications addressing specific topics. The book now combines all these into one publication that deals comprehensively with the design, operation and maintenance of haul roads in a very practical manner […] and is a must for the design engineer, contractor and mine operator.

Dr. Pierre van der Berg Pr Eng, CEO, Jones & Wagener, Civil Engineering, November 2019, p. 35

This is a very valuable, and long overdue, resource […] Across the globe, mining roads are being constructed without a sound technical, research-based, approach proposed by this book. The book could encourage uniformity and standardization of practices in various countries. It has a potential of becoming a valuable resource for improving cost-efficiency, productivity and safety on mining operations across the globe.

Damir Vagaja, Principal Consultant, RTSM Consulting, Australia

Mining Haul Roads, Theory and Practice is the most forthright, innovative, operational focused guide for haul road design and maintenance, since the advent of haul road design practices outlined by Kaufman and Ault in IC 8758 in 1977, and the guidelines’ review published by Tannant and Regensburg in 2001.

It is time to retire all former haul road design guidelines. There is now only one ‘go to’ reference for haul road design. Thompson, Peroni and Visser have delivered what we have been waiting for.

This inspirational mechanistic haul road design work of Roger Thompson and Alex Visser of the past 20 years is now enhanced yet further with the addition of simple field evaluative function design and road management considerations; clearly illustrated through well thought out field case studies, that put for the first time a complete haul road ownership picture into context. In focus; chapters 3, 4 and 5 are essential reading, comprehension and application for any surface mining engineer worth their salt!

It is no longer acceptable for any surface mining operation owning haul trucks to merely consider life cycle cost analysis of hauler assets, without taking heed to and including the vital knowledge presented here by Thompson, Peroni and Visser.

As an active mining engineering consultant, this milestone work now provides a firm foundation for any work that I would be remiss to ignore, in haul road design, operation and maintenance moving forward. This is truly the state-of-the-art do-it-yourself knowledge that mining operations will be expected to adhere to moving forward. The standard of application and the bar for mining operations has been raised to a level beyond expectation.

Dr. Tim Joseph, P.Eng., FCIM

Principal and President, JPI mine equipment & engineering consultants; Professor, Mining Engineering and Associate Dean, Faculty of Engineering, University of Alberta; Vice-President, Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Alberta (APEGA); and Ambassador, Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy & Petroleum.

Dr. Joseph is a recognized global mining operational engineering expert and professional development trainer in ground – equipment interactions, specializing in truck – shovel systems

EAN: 9780429958014