How to Move the Earth (In Simple English): A Guide to Earthmoving in the Mining Industry by R.A. MartinHow to Move the Earth (In Simple English): A Guide to Earthmoving in the Mining Industry by R.A. Martin

How to Move the Earth (In Simple English): A Guide to Earthmoving in the Mining Industry

byR.A. Martin

Paperback | July 14, 2016

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"How to Move the Earth" is a guide for the contract mining and owner-operated mining industries, and is aimed at assisting both newcomers and industry veterans in performing their roles to a higher standard and allow them to make better educated decisions.


"How to Move the Earth" aims to teach many of the tried and proven methods that make a business profitable. It will also instruct front line leadership how to set up jobs and how to better manage tasks related to this.


"How to Move the Earth" teaches supervisors and superintendents how to calculate their job costs in their vehicle during a production shift, how to estimate material amounts and the time required to mine the material out.

R.A Martin has spent all his life working on civil earthworks jobs, contract mining, and owner-operated mines globally and has gained a wealth of knowledge from each of these operations. Martin has been recognised as a high performing equipment operator, leading hand and supervisor, operations superintendent and project management lead...
Title:How to Move the Earth (In Simple English): A Guide to Earthmoving in the Mining IndustryFormat:PaperbackDimensions:354 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.74 inPublished:July 14, 2016Publisher:Australian eBook PublisherLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1925427323

ISBN - 13:9781925427325


Table of Contents

INTRODUCTIONCHAPTER 1: CONSIDERATIONS BEFORE YOUR JOB BEGINSFlora and FaunaNoiseLightingDustSedimentationCHAPTER 2: CLEARING TIMBER AND ROCKROPS and FOPSDangers in tree clearingPushing the treeChainingBurning timberDisposing of timberCHAPTER 3: SURVEY REQUIREMENTS AND TOOLSSurvey EquipmentShooting LevelsCHAPTER 4: BULK EARTHWORKS AND SEDIMENTATION CONTROLTime is moneySedimentation risks on a civil earthworks projectAfter the area is stripped of topsoilRules for moving materialCHAPTER 5: CUT AND FILL SECTIONS AND BATTERSBattersEssential tools and equipmentFallsDrainage reminderMaintain your grade!Cut and fill basicsHow to fill an areaLarge fill or cut areasPlacing bulk fillPlacing fill with rear dumpsThick fill sectionsMaterialsCHAPTER 6: CREATING MATERIAL: DRILL AND BLASTINGBrief rundown on blastingMaterial type blasting example: coalExplosive basicsThe classification of explosivesGas from blastingDrill pad standardsPreparing the drill areaSmall drills versus larger drillsDiagram of a typical drill patternCoal drilling versus other drillingCHAPTER 7: CREATING MATERIAL: RIP AND PUSHPreparing the area for rip and push methodRip for efficiencyRipping guidelines and techniquesThe basics of how to set and use the ripperSlot dozing and production pushingDitching or drainageLevelling off pads or large work areasCHAPTER 8: MANAGING HIGH WALLS AND LOOSE WALL MATERIALChaining off a wall using a dozer 117Chaining off a wall using an excavator 121CHAPTER 9: MINE DUMPSDump rulesSoft dumpsDry materialDump standardsDump rehabilitationOther dumping optionsCHAPTER 10: PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT AT THE FACEThe disadvantages of mine management tracking systemsProduction needsLarge mining fleetsCHAPTER 11: PROBLEMS IN TODAY'S INDUSTRYHow can we improve our situation?How to manage a productive mining departmentGolden rules for a productive mineCHAPTER 12: DIG SYSTEMS FOR EXCAVATORS IN BULK EARTHMOVINGTop loading system90 degree system with trucks below45 degree loading with trucks belowDouble benchingMining using an excavatorCHAPTER 13: MINING USING SHOVELS-ELECTRIC AND HYDRAULICBasic requirements for an efficient electric shovel operationElectric and hydraulic shovel loading systemsShovel output and managementShovel production issuesA brief checklistManaging output per hourCHAPTER 14: THE HAUL CYCLE EXPLAINEDRubber tyre dozersHot-seatingMaintain floors and roadsOther haulage issuesCHAPTER 15: DILUTION AND WHAT IT CAN MEAN FOR YOUR BUSINESSAvoiding dilution in coal minesCHAPTER 16: MINING IN WET CONDITIONSFloor control in wet pitsSumpsCross fall designPumpsManaging machinesWhat to do with the leftover water?Water storageWater tablesGround waterReleasing water pressureTransfer waterCHAPTER 17: WORKING WITH NUMBERSCalculating volume for the next shiftCalculating volume for the next flitchCalculating a large volume of materialCHAPTER 18: HOW TO MANAGE YOUR MINING COSTSExample: crew AExample: crew BCHAPTER 19: BASIC GUIDELINES FOR ACHIEVING BUDGETSome problems and fixesTips and guidelinesCHAPTER 20: CLOSUREABOUT THE AUTHOR