Author Archives: Corin Holmes

The transfer chute nightmare!

  The other night I found myself awoken from a nightmare! I have worked on several jobs recently involving the optimisation of transfer chutes handling iron ore. I have been using Discrete Element Modelling (DEM) to analyse the flow of … Continue reading

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Chute, it stopped moving. Bottlenecks or Traffic?

Twice in the last week I have had to drive to the south of Western Australia to visit clients’ sites. The last trip caused a lot of frustration because of road works that added well over 45 minutes to the … Continue reading

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Bulk Materials Handling; or Things You Can Learn From a 4-year-old

“Grrrr, I can’t make it daddy! It keeps falling apart!” whines my four-year-old son. We are in the back garden playing with his diggers and dump trucks. He is trying to make a hill (my mind automatically jumps to stockpiles), … Continue reading

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Don’t Rock the Boat! – Avoid a Sinking Ship

A few weeks ago I was onsite at a port loading facility.  As I walked around watching the ships being loaded, I started thinking of all of the ships being loaded with bulk solids cargoes, not just here in Australia, … Continue reading

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