Is the Ultra-Class Truck Dream Dead?

Author(s): 
Jesse Morton, Anoush Ebrahimi, Tim Joseph
Date: 
Friday, September 1, 2017
First presented: 
Engineering and Mining Journal
Type: 
Article
Category: 
Mining

Sunrise or sunset for the era of the ultra-class hauler? The bigger trucks hit the market in the upswing of a commodities super cycle and now, after the bust and the bottom, the economics of ownership are on the books for review. Experts agree on factors favoring bigger trucks, but diverge on outlook.

Feature Author

Dr. Anoush Ebrahimi

Anoush Ebrahimi has 24 years of mining experience and specializes in strategic mine planning, open pit mine design, mine evaluation, production scheduling, mine layout optimization, mine simulation and computer modeling. He has worked in Canada and abroad on mining projects at stages ranging from conceptual study to construction. Anoush’s diversified experience includes gold, copper, polymetals, coal, manganese, phosphate, bauxite and oil sand projects. Mines he designed that are now in operation include the Endako molybdenum super pit in Canada and the Gualcamayo gold mine in Argentina. 

Anoush is an adjunct professor at the University of British Columbia and a director of the CIM Vancouver branch. He has authored and presented numerous technical papers at CIM, SME and other conferences and seminars.

Principal Mining Engineer
PhD, MSc, BSc
SRK Vancouver
SRK Worldwide