Rolling Wheels - HUGE trucks!
The author says: "I drive a huge dump truck in an open pit gold mine here in
Australia, and wanted to capture this. I managed to capture a lot of the
footage I wanted by either mounting the helmet cam on the sun visor, or
within the cab itself. I also filmed complete runs down into the pit, and
have included them at the end of the video, speeded up to 25 times actual
speed - looks good." Source: "The
Complete Guide To Better Movie Making".
Kalgoorlie, alternatively known as
Kalgoorlie-Boulder, is a city in the Goldfields-Esperance region of Western
Australia, and is located 370 miles east-northeast of Perth at the end of
the Great Eastern Highway, the state capital. The city was founded in 1893
during the Yilgarn-Goldfields gold rush, and is located close to the
so-called "Golden Mile".
The Super Pit
The Super Pit is an open-cut gold mine approximately 3.6 kilometres (2.2 mi)
long, 1.6 kilometres (1.0 mi) wide and 512 metres (1,680 ft) deep. It was
created by Alan Bond, who bought up a number of old mine leases in order to
get the land area needed for the Super Pit. Every now and again the digging
reveals an old shaft containing abandoned equipment and vehicles from the
earlier mines. The mine operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and a
visitor centre overlooks it.
The mine blasts at 1:00 pm every day, unless winds would carry dust over the
town. Each of the massive trucks carries 225 tonnes of rock and the round
trip takes about 35 minutes, most of that time being the slow uphill haul.
Employees must live in Kalgoorlie; it is not a fly-in fly-out operation. The
mine is expected to be productive until about 2017. At that point, it is
planned to abandon it and allow the groundwater to seep in and fill it. It
is estimated it will take about 50 years to fill completely full.
The Super Pit is managed by Kalgoorlie Consolidated Gold Mines
(KCGM) and owned (50/50) by Newmont Australia and Barrick Gold Corporation.
Caterpillar Inc. is a United States-based corporation headquartered in
Peoria, Illinois. Caterpillar is, according to their corporate website, "the
world's largest manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel
and natural gas engines, and industrial gas turbines." Caterpillar produces
a wide range of heavy equipment, including the range of Caterpillar
bulldozers. Caterpillar's line of vehicles range from tracked tractors to
hydraulic excavators, backhoe loaders, motor graders, off-highway trucks,
wheel loaders, and agricultural tractors. They are used in construction,
road-building, mining, forestry, energy, transportation and
material-handling industries. Caterpillar is one of the thirty companies
whose stock is tracked in the Dow Jones Industrial Average. It is a Fortune
500 company, ranked number 50 in 2008, and first in its industry, with more
than $30 billion in assets. Source: Wikipedia, Caterpillar.
CAT 797F Haul Truck.
The 797F is the next step in ultra-class mining trucks,
designed and built by Caterpillar using components and systems that have
evolved through years of rugged mining applications. It delivers excellent
maneuverability, safe operation, low maintenance costs, lower operating
costs and a comfortable ride. The 797F also features two retarding options
for downhill or flat/uphill applications and oil-cooled multiple disc brakes
on all four wheels. Source:
Komatsu Crawler Excavator PC8000
Machines used for excavating earth and
rocks and loading them on a dump truck. The size ranges from small ones
(PC78MR-6) used in civil engineering to super large ones used in mines
(PC8000-6). Crawler excavators are capable of a wide variety of work by
changing a front attachment. Source:
Komatsu Limited is a multinational
corporation that manufactures construction, mining, and military equipment,
industry machinery such as press machines, lasers, and Thermoelectric
modules. Its headquarters is at 2-3-6, Akasaka, Minato, Tokyo, Japan. Its
name was taken after the current city of Komatsu, Ishikawa at the company's
foundation there in 1917. Komatsu is the world's second largest manufacturer
of construction equipment and mining equipment after Caterpillar. However,
in some areas (Japan, China, Middle East), Komatsu has a larger share than
Caterpillar. It has manufacturing operations in Japan, Asia, Americas and
Wikipedia, Komatsu Limited.
Wenco is the world’s leading manufacturer and supplier of PC based mine
Mine management systems focus on monitoring and controlling a mine's mobile
assets to ensure effective utilization of all departments including
operations, maintenance, engineering, resource planning, management and
financial reporting. Mine management systems have become a necessity in
modern mining and a key ingredient to a successful mine.
Wenco provides GPS-based fleet management systems for open pit mines
worldwide. The system provides sophisticated automatic dispatching to
maximize production while delivery specified ore qualities, plus high
precision GPS applications for the positioning and guidance of excavators,
dozers, and drills. The products and services include real-time control and
reporting software, MS SQL Server database, COTS hardware, Windows-based
computer terminals for mobile equipment, and broadband radio