Randal J. Barnes, Michael S. King, Thys B. Johnson

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The performance of shovel-truck system analysis through the application of queueing theory is considered. The typical mine shovel-truck system can be represented by a model in which the hauling units cycle between the loader and the dumping point, with possible queues in front of the loader and dump. This situation belongs to a class of problems amenable to solution by queueing theory techniques. Some of the advantages of the queueing theory approach are that the required computer programming is both short and simple, the necessary computer run times are generally very small, and the information presented in the solution can be quite broad. Current queueing theory approaches are outlined, and their estimation results are compared to each other and to the results of a stochastic simulator. Also, suggestions of areas and directions where further development is needed are presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Number of pages15
StatePublished - Jan 1 1979
EventUnknown conference - Tucson, AZ, USA
Duration: Oct 17 1979Oct 19 1979


OtherUnknown conference
CityTucson, AZ, USA

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    Barnes, R. J., King, M. S., & Johnson, T. B. (1979). PROBABILITY TECHNIQUES FOR ANALYZING OPEN PIT PRODUCTION SYSTEMS.. 462-476. Paper presented at Unknown conference, Tucson, AZ, USA, .