Innovative and Human-centred Design in Underground Coalmining

A new concept vehicle for safe personnel transport.

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Occupant and stretcher access.

“The new vehicle architecture has an improved occupant layout, access, usability, safety and comfort over existing vehicles.” – A/Professor Arthur de Bono

The research was primarily concerned with a user-centred approach and focused on how the occupant package could be improved by reducing occupant numbers.  An interdisciplinary team of mechanical engineers and industrial designers explored new occupant and component package systems with the aim of reducing injury rates and ensure the comfort of workers. The approach included the creation of the next generation design specification; benchmarking against existing vehicles; interactive and concurrent design layouts: surface form and structural experiments; and periodic industry reviews of the proposed designs. In doing so, this project will lead to contributions to the health and welfare of coalminers in regional Australia and in the international mining sector.

Investigators
A/Professor Damon Honnery, Department of Mechanical Engineering
A/Professor Arthur de Bono
Dr Daya Dayawansa, Maintenance Technology Institute (MTI)

Research team members
Robert Smith
Ashan Perera
Peter Farrer
Paul Curcio, (MTI)
Selby Coxon
Dr Stephen Jia Wang

Partner organisations
Darryl Grant, Kestrel Coal Pty Ltd
Tony O’Donnell, Industria (formerly PJ Berriman & Co Pty. Ltd)

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Interior design and cargo area.

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