In 2008, we were engaged to undertake an investigation into
Supply Side Freight Demand for the Pilbara region in Western
Australia for the State Department for Planning and Infrastructure.
The investigation sought to determine the volume of iron ore and
other mining outputs which were moved by road by the growing number
of junior miners in the region. It also sought to gain a better
understanding of the consequential growth in industrial and
community inputs and services that may not have been anticipated by
studies completed over the last few years. The investigation
addressed these gaps by:
Describing and quantifying the likely future freight flows (as
tonnes and freight trips) that will support the transportation of
industrial inputs and consumables required by exporters and urban
and mine-based communities, and developing a simple model for
predicting the three-way relationship that could be expected to
occur between major industry output volumes, industrial and
community input volumes and population and workforce numbers.
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