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1st Edition

Human-Centered Design for Mining Equipment and New Technology

ISBN 9781138095205
Published February 16, 2018 by CRC Press
143 Pages 12 Color & 28 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Human-Centered Design for Mining Equipment and New Technology first introduces Human-Centered Design (HCD) and outlines the benefits of this approach for mining equipment and new technology: HCD is a process that aims to make equipment and systems more usable and acceptable by explicitly focusing on the end-user, their tasks and their work environment/use context. The book outlines three linked areas of mining HCD: key principles, examples of design processes, and what kinds of tools for data collection and evaluation are available.

The possible future uses of Human-Centered Design in more fully automated mining are presented, and the role of HCD within wider human system integration are outlined. The ‘how to’ nature of this book makes it attractive to mining equipment manufacturers, technology developers, mine site personnel, human factors researchers, safety scientists and regulators.


  • Includes an introduction useful to anyone wanting to learn about the field
  • Provides extensive case studies of HCD which also show failures when HCD was not considered
  • Covers cutting edge mining technology- such as proximity detection devices and new mining automation systems
  • Directly outlines the benefits of HCD for the minerals industry

Human-Centered Design for Mining Equipment and New Technology, through case studies, provides a much needed guide to undertaking HCD for mining equipment and new technology.

Table of Contents

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Glossary of Terms and Acronyms

Chapter 1 Why HCD for Mining Equipment?

Chapter 2 Principles, Processes, and Tools for HCD

Chapter 3 Current Status of Mining HCD

Chapter 4 HCD Educational Material

Chapter 5 HCD Case Studies

Chapter 6 What Now for Mining HCD?



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Professor Tim Horberry leads the Human Factors team at Monash University Accident Research Centre in Australia. He recently was a Senior Visiting Researcher on a ‘Safety in Design Ergonomics’ Fellowship at Cambridge University in England. Tim’s background is in human factors, safe design and transport/mining safety. Email [email protected]

Professor Robin Burgess-Limerick is Professorial Research Fellow at the Minerals Industry Safety and Health Centre, Sustainable Minerals Institute, The University of Queensland, Australia. Robin has been a qualified Ergonomist for over 20 years, and is a past-President and Fellow of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society of Australia.

Dr. Lisa Steiner is Associate Director of Science at the Pittsburgh Mining Research Division at the National Institute for Occupational Safety & Health, Pittsburgh, USA. She completed her PhD ‘Reducing Underground Coal Roof Bolting Injury Risks through Equipment Design’ at the University of Queensland, Australia in 2014.