Minimizing longwall move time by using Microsoft Project

Ercelebi S., Yavuz M.

30th International Symposium on Application of Computers and Operations Research in the Mineral Industry, Arizona, United States Of America, 25 - 27 February 2002, pp.321-327 identifier

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • City: Arizona
  • Country: United States Of America
  • Page Numbers: pp.321-327
  • Istanbul Technical University Affiliated: No


An inherent aspect of longwall mining is moving the equipment from a mined-out panel to a newly developed panel. Moving times may be reduced by detailed preplanning. A very useful tool for planning is MS Project. Using MS Project, one can efficiently plan, manage and coordinate a project from conception to conclusion. The critical path analysis identifies potential critical activities which may cause excessive time delays. Changes to the tasks on the critical path can have significant impact on the completion of a project. Assigning additional resources to these tasks (either moving labor from other tasks to critical tasks or providing labor overtime work) may reduce the move time. Simultaneous activities are the candidates for moving the labor from an activity to another. Each time a change is made, the critical path should be recalculated. MS Project quickly recalculates schedules and lets you see how changes in one part of the project will affect the overall plan. In this fashion it is possible to minimize the longwall move time.