Management of physical assets at Purga Quarry

Crowe, Daniel Leigh (2007) Management of physical assets at Purga Quarry. [USQ Project]


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[Abstract]: South East Queensland is growing at an average of 55,300 people per year, with the majority of this growth occurring in the Western Corridor. The Western Corridor is referred to as the areas surrounding Ipswich and the Lockyer and Fassifern Valleys including the growth suburbs of Springfield, Ripley, Ebenezer and Amberley. (SEQRP 2005-2026, 2005).

Purga Quarry is the only quarry operated by Boral that services the Western Corridor of South East Queensland. The quarry supplies roadbase and aggregates to road and
infrastructure projects currently under construction is this region. Boral’s SEQ Quarry Division acknowledged that the current production output needed to be increased to meet the current and future demands, so it therefore enlisted the quarry as part of its first wave of the ‘Operational Excellence’ project. Along with this project, a more efficient asset management method was needed for the current equipment at the quarry.

In this project, research was carried out on the way that the current assets such as the plant and load and haul equipment on the site are managed. From this research, various recommendations were introduced including prestart checklists to be filled out every morning for both plants as well as the load and haul equipment, fortnightly scheduled maintenance days for both plants to be undertaken on Saturdays so that the downtime is minimised, introducing scheduled maintenance plans and plans to replace parts on the assets as well as inputting these asset management plans into an asset management program as the program will automatically show when an item has been changed.

Some of these recommendations have been implemented and there also has been an addition in tonnes being produced as well as a decrease in unscheduled equipment downtime. All of the other recommendations have been planned to be implemented over the next few months. As these ideas are implemented they will have to be continually monitored to determine if unscheduled equipment downtime has decreased with the amount of tonnes produced, increasing.

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Item Type: USQ Project
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Mechanical and Mechatronic Engineering (Up to 30 Jun 2013)
Date Deposited: 13 May 2008 01:26
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 23:02
Uncontrolled Keywords: Purga Quarry; Queensland; Western Corridor; Boral; roadbase; aggregrate; road; asset management; plant equipment; haul equipment; maintenance
Fields of Research (2008): 09 Engineering > 0913 Mechanical Engineering > 091399 Mechanical Engineering not elsewhere classified
09 Engineering > 0905 Civil Engineering > 090507 Transport Engineering
09 Engineering > 0914 Resources Engineering and Extractive Metallurgy > 091405 Mining Engineering
Fields of Research (2020): 40 ENGINEERING > 4017 Mechanical engineering > 401799 Mechanical engineering not elsewhere classified
40 ENGINEERING > 4005 Civil engineering > 400512 Transport engineering
40 ENGINEERING > 4019 Resources engineering and extractive metallurgy > 401905 Mining engineering

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