CONCEPTS FOR DEVELOPMENT OF SHUTTLE CAR AUTONOMOUS DOCKING WITH A CONTINUOUS MINER USING 3-D DEPTH CAMERAS

S. Miller, J. Sottile, H. P. Chiu, S. Schafrik, A. Krasner, M. Sizintsev, Z. Agioutantis, A. Rajvanshi

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Abstract

In recent years, a great deal of effort has been put into automating mining equipment with the goal of improving worker health and safety and increasing mine productivity. Significant progress has been made in automating mining equipment such as load-haul-dumps and drills in underground environments where global positioning systems are unavailable. This paper addresses automating the task of positioning the shuttle-car (SC) under the continuous-miner (CM) coal-discharge conveyor during cutting and loading operations. A stereo depth camera is mounted on the SC. Machine learning based algorithms are applied on the camera’s output to identify the CM discharge conveyor and segment the scene into various regions such as roof, ribs, and personnel. This information is used to plan the shuttle car path to the CM discharge conveyor. The approach currently uses a 1/6th scale continuous miner and shuttle car in an appropriately scaled mock mine.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSME Annual Conference and Expo 2022
Pages426-430
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781713845089
StatePublished - 2022
EventSME Annual Conference and Expo 2022 - Salt Lake City, United States
Duration: Feb 27 2022Mar 2 2022

Publication series

NameSME Annual Conference and Expo 2022

Conference

ConferenceSME Annual Conference and Expo 2022
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySalt Lake City
Period2/27/223/2/22

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Research reported in this presentation was supported by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) under Contract Number 75D30120C08908. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of NIOSH.

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Copyright © 2022 by SME.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology

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