Technological Research

Technological Research
A laboratory is a facility that provides controlled conditions in which technological research, experiments, and measurement are performed. Laboratories used for scientific research take many forms because of the differing requirements of specialists in the various fields of science and engineering. In some laboratories, such as those commonly used by computer scientists, computers (sometimes supercomputers) are used for either simulations or the analysis of data collected elsewhere. As an engineering lab, Instructors laboratories builds and test technological devices.

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Instructor Labs utilizes technology in driver training simulation and Android's flexibility to innovate ways that aren't possible on other platforms by building a mobile App; At the same time publishing training manuals and study guides. Android's reach allows Instructor Labs to get the Training Program out to more people throughout the country, and the diversity of devices and networks means more affordable smart phones for more people. The Beta mobile App contains Facebook Posts, Images and Videos (Video illustrations and Audio Podcasts will be included). The key learning points and the tutorials offered will be reproduced in the mobile app as an aid to anyone learning to operate a vehicle together with a self-study guides. For more click on the link: K53 Training App

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Sunday, December 4, 2016

Traffic Engineering

As a driving instructor and engineering draughtsman working with companies operating within mining environments, the first concern in providing a training program is safety and complying with Traffic Management Rules in place which specify the working areas. Background: Traffic engineering is a branch of civil engineering that uses engineering techniques to achieve the safe and efficient movement of people and goods on roadways. It focuses mainly on research for safe and efficient traffic flow, such as road geometry, sidewalks and crosswalks infrastructure, traffic signs, road surface markings and traffic lights. Traffic engineering deals with the functional part of transportation system, except the infrastructures provided.

Now, Traffic management rules also provide the position of the working areas which may continually change due to operation of the mine, however as a minimum, the following must be specified as working areas: Any area where multiple items of mobile plant are operating.The operating area around an excavation at a quarry face, tip or stock piles and the traffic movement associated with it. The operating area around a dozer on a tip and the traffic movement associated with it. The  operating  area around a loading shovel(s) at quarry faces, tips or  stockpiles, processing and loading areas and the traffic movement associated with it.

Traffic Management should aim to reduce the risk associated with traffic movement, traffic management involves a large spread of measures including segregation of pedestrians and vehicles, segregation of light vehicles and quarry plant, car parking areas for visitors  and customers, instructions to vehicle operators to remain in their vehicles  at all times, maintenance schemes for vehicles, design and maintenance of roads, provision of required reversing aids, one-way systems, adequate signage and speed restrictions, driver training and competence, design of edge protection along roads and risk assessment of working are as and the  implementation of identified control measures.

It is important for the mine to provide sufficient parking spaces to allow for  employees, staff, site visitors and contractors and to ensure that any walk from the designated parking area can be carried out without exposing persons to quarry vehicle movements.

Vehicle Brake Testing:
A suitable inspection scheme should be in place to ensure brakes are in good condition at all times. The interval between brake testing is dependent  upon a number of factors such as vehicle type, vehicles history, road conditions and usage but should generally not exceed 6 monthly intervals. This is often combined with other maintenance work using electronic brake  efficiency meters. These meters are portable or can be permanently fixed into a vehicle, easy to use and produce a hard copy evidence of the test  results. Electronic brake testing of dumper trucks and loading shovels can indicate brake performance over a period of time and should indicate the  need for remedial action before any loss or failure of the braking system  occurs. 

These meters measure brake effort, which take into account the vehicle  speed and ground slope. The minimum brake performance for rubber tyre  machines is a brake efficiency of 28% for a loading shovel without payload  and 19% for ridged frame and articulated steer dump trucks with a machine mass over 32 tonne and tested with payload......