Mine Haul Road Design Guide

photo by R. Thompson

photo by R. Thompson

Better haul road design reduces capital and maintenance costs.

The Mine Haul Road Design Guide aims to steer you toward best practice in design of haul roads trafficked by heavy mine vehicles and dump trucks etc.

The South African design method represents the state of the art in haul road  pavement design. This paper outlines the South African design method:

Thompson, R.J. and Visser, A.T. (1999). Designing and Managing Unpaved Opencast Mine Haul Roads for Optimum Performance.  SME Annual Meeting March 1-3, 1999, Denver, Colorado.

Download Thompson, R. J. and Visser, A.T. (1999). Designing and Managing Unpaved Opencast Mine Haul Roads for Optimum Performance.

New Book: Mining Haul Roads: Theory and Practice

Mining Haul Roads: Theory and Practice
1st Edition
Roger Thompson, Rodrigo Peroni, Alex T. Visser

CRC Press
Published December 11, 2018
Reference – 294 Pages
ISBN 9781138589629
CAT# K386669


CIRCLY 7.0 fully automates this approach.
See these pages for an overview of the CIRCLY 7.0 Haul Road Pavement Design Feature.

Haul Road Design Courses

Haul Road Design Courses Word Cloud

Haul Road Design Courses Word Cloud

The Centre for Pavement Engineering Education (CPEE) have been running one day Haul Road Design Courses presented by Professor Roger Thompson (Western Australian School of Mines).

Dates for 2020 have not been set.

  • The course will give you an understanding of the overall concepts & principles of Mine Haul Road Design. Mine consultants, contractors, truck fleet operators and personnel involved with the design, construction and day-to-day operations and maintenance of mine roads will benefit from the course.

You will be introduced to the Haul Road Structural Design feature of CIRCLY 7.0.

Register your details below if you are interested in attending a Course and would like to be notified when further details are available.

Registration Form Haul Road Design Courses

Please fill out this form


Haul Road Design website launched!

We have just launched the Haul Road Design website – a rich resource for Articles, Papers, Reports and Software for Mine Haul Road Design.

Other publications by Dr Roger Thompson (Western Australia School of Mines)

GSFM – An Integrated Approach to Mine Haul Road Design (2011)

An 84 slide presentation – download Thompson, R. J. (2011). GSFM – An Integrated Approach to Mine Haul Road Design.

Guidelines for Mine Haul Road Design (Tannant and Regensburg, 2001)

This publication covers broader aspects of Haul Road Design than the South African method. It endorses the South African method.

Summary: http://www.smartmines.com/mhroad/guidelines.pdf

The full document is about 100 pages.

For further information or to buy the Guidelines contact:

Dwayne D Tannant, Ph.D., P.Eng. School of Mining & Petroleum Engineering Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering University of Alberta Edmonton, Alberta CANADA T6G 2W2

tel: (780) 492-3379

fax: (780) 492-0249

email: dtannant@ualberta.ca

The cost including shipping is:

  • $150 CDN for shipments within Canada
  • $150 US for shipments internationally

Caterpillar Haul Road Design and Management

A Presentation by Pete Holman (2006)

Cat Global mining have also published a good presentation by Pete Holman titled Caterpillar Haul Road Design and Management, while in part being a bit of a marketing plug for the exclusive Caterpillar road monitoring tool called “Road Analysis Control” or RAC, presentation has good detail about road design parameters, tyre management, grade impacts on load transfer for both cross fall and ramp gradients and dust control techniques.

Download here.