Load & Haul

Optimize load & haul operations to reduce costs and improve mine safety
Optimize load & haul operations to reduce costs and improve mine safety


Optimize load & haul operations to reduce costs and improve mine safety

Your load and haul processes are not just a critical operation in your mine —it’s the engine of your business success. When optimized, they drive efficiency and productivity, boost output, and trim waste.

By improving equipment utilization and handling, opportunities to reduce downtime and improve the load and haul process are vast – leading to substantial cost savings by reducing machinery wear and fuel use. However, when neglected, they can have a negative knock-on effect for every single part of the mining value chain.

Beyond operational efficiency and productivity, top-tier load and haul operations enhance profitability and safety. A continuous flow of operational data should assist your managers to make better decisions, allowing management to course correct operational decisions in real time.

Key Client Challenges:

  1. How do we ensure operators are using equipment effectively and safely to reduce downtime?
  2. Are our haul roads optimally designed and maintained?
  3. How can we optimize the load-haul-dump cycle by leveraging sensors and monitoring systems?
  4. How do we ensure compliance with safety protocols during hot shift changes?
  5. How can we better anticipate and manage operational delays and truck queues using data and real-time insights?
  6. How do we mitigate environmental risks such as land disturbances and dust generation that impact surrounding communities?

Key Indicators in Load & Haul

When assessing how optimized your current load-and-haul operation at your mine, the following are key indicators to consider:

  1. Equipment match factor
  2. Bucket fill factor
  3. Loading conditions
  4. Loading cycle time
  5. Time utilization
  6. Deviations from schedule

How Unison Mining Can Help

To achieve the sweet spot of maximum output with minimum effort in your load and haul operations, it’s essential to focus on nine critical success factors – road management, effective cycle management, hot shift change, payload improvement, management of operational delays, vulnerabilities and risks, queue management, fragmentation strategy, and cycle implementation and management.

Our Unison Mining experts work with you to tackle each of these factors by creating enduring behavior changes that lead to lasting impact. By working with your team, equipment, data, and processes, we identify opportunities to enhance your load and haul processes at every point in the cycle – laying the foundation for long-term improvements.

Lacking data to validate or support key business decisions

Lack of knowledge to define a cohesive business or data strategy

Low speed to market and trouble adapting quickly to customer and market needs

High operational costs due to lengthy data processing times


Road Management

Design, maintain, and optimize haul roads to decrease transport time, reduce wear and tear on your fleet, extend truck lifespan, and cut maintenance costs.
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Cycle Time Management

Manage the load-haul-dump cycle to enhance your cycle management, reduce downtime, and cost per ton.
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Payload Improvement

Enhance your loading practices to maximize payload, reduce overloading, and cut down on cycle times.
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Delay Management

Anticipate and manage operational delays, keeping your production schedule on track.
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Queue Management

Implement queue management strategies to reduce wait times, allowing you to deploy your fleet when and where they're needed most.
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Fragmentation Strategy

Fine-tune your blasting strategies for better fragmentation, reduced downstream costs and increased shovel productivity.

Data & Analytics Strategy

Leverage data solutions to drive decision-making in your load and haul processes.

Dispatch Strategies

Streamline dispatch operations & processes to reap the full ROI of your systems

Dispatch Optimization

Streamline dispatch operations & processes to reap the full ROI of your systems
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Pit Conditions

Assess pit conditions accurately for effective mine planning.
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Pre-Spotting & Double-Sided Loading

Execute pre-spotting & double-sided loading techniques effectively for reduced haulage costs
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Our mining experts have experienced first-hand the day-to-day complexities and issues that arise at the mining face, giving them a higher level of understanding and insight to meet your challenges.

Practical Solutions

By implementing level-appropriate transformation tools, our behavioral and cultural change methodologies, data management, and analytics, our goal is to create a sustainable and positive impact on your mining operations.


We go beyond strategy to offer a direct and measurable approach to success. Our commitment extends to delivering real business outcomes and helping your team sustain those changes for the long haul.

Improve your bottom line by identifying load and haul cycle optimization opportunities.

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