Haul Road Design and Operational Benchmarking


Course Length
20 hours

Edumine Courses

14 Oct 2019



This Edumine course will introduce participants to the principles of mine haul road design, from road building material selection and characterisation, road-user (truck and traffic) requirements, through to performance benchmarking and evaluation as a basis for road maintenance management decision making.

These skills will enable participants to evaluate their current haul road systems, recognise operational inefficiencies and implement continuous improvement strategies to reduce cost per ton hauled across the mine road network and improve road performance on a day-to-day operational basis. The training will provide participants with answers to practical mine haul road-operational issues such as:

  • Why are good roads necessary - what are the benefits of an improved haul road design and infrastructure?
  • What critical operational aspects should a road design consider?
  • Equipment, materials and methods - what is required?
  • How do you translate a design into practical construction techniques?
  • When are dust palliatives appropriate - and how do they influence road management and cost per ton hauled?
  • How do you benchmark a road design - what do you see, what does it mean and how do you fix the problem?


  • Prof. Roger J Thompson


Duration: 20 Hours
Access: 90 Days
Category: Mining
Level: Specialize
Version Date: May 6, 2014

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Learning Outcomes

  • Basic haul road geometric design principles for optimum road and truck fleet performance
  • Structural and layerworks design and evaluation techniques
  • Functional design, incorporating wearing course material selection and dust palliative selection and management
  • Haul road benchmarking and performance evaluation techniques which can be used as a decision-making basis for motivating and implementing haul road maintenance or rehabilitation.

Recommended Background

  • Experience of mining/civil/construction operations
  • A technical/engineering degree or diploma


By completing/passing this course, you will attain the certificate Edumine Certification

Learning Credits

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Addition of examples with numerical calculations would ease the assimilation of this course. e.g. RR;

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