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The Value of Flexible Road Designs Through Ecologically Sensitive Areas

Nicholas Davey, Simon Dunstall, Saman Halgamuge, R Sarker (ed.), HA Abbass (ed.), S Dunstall (ed.), P Kilby (ed.), R Davis (ed.), L Young (ed.)

DATA AND DECISION SCIENCES IN ACTION | SPRINGER INTERNATIONAL PUBLISHING AG | Published : 2018

Abstract

Mining haul road traffic can have significant impacts on nearby animal populations that can threaten an entity’s licence to operate. As operators have the ability to control heavy vehicle traffic flow through mining road networks, opportunities exist to reroute traffic away from more damaging roads in response to uncertain animal population dynamics. The presence of this flexibility in turn has a positive effect on the future value of proposed road designs. In this paper, we present an approach for evaluating the flexibility of controlling traffic flow in proposed road designs between two locations separated by an intervening species habitat. We do this by treating the design problem as a Re..

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