There is a simple system to always get the maximum production for your CSD. On any project and any soil.
The DICE system. This is a 4-step process that I developed. You can read all about in my book Cutting Edge: How to systematically increase CSD production. You can buy the book on Amazon here. Or look here if you want to find out more.
The 4 steps of the DICE system are the topics of today’s Knowledge Update.
Step 1: Determine
The first step in the DICE process is determining the limiting process. The dredging process of a CSD can be split into four sub-processes:
You need to determine which of these four sub-processes is limiting the production of the CSD. Once you have done that you also need to determine why that sub-process is limiting. The clearer you determine the reason why, the easier it is to find a solution. Which is the next thing to do, determine a solution that you expect would increase the production of that sub-process and thus of the CSD.
Step 2: Implement
The next step in the DICE process is the implementation of the best solution of Step 1. I say best, because you need to implement only one change to the dredging process at a time. The reason is that if you do multiple changes at a time you can’t determine which change actually caused the production change. In fact, one of the changes might even lower the production. But you will never know if you don’t try that solution by itself.
So always implement one solution at a time. Once the implementation is done it is time for the next step.
Step 3: Calculate
Calculate the effect of the solution you implemented. You do this by looking at the production figures before and after the solution. Ideally you would compare against the unit rate, but might be difficult to establish for shorter time periods.
Calculating the production can be done in various manners. Using the onboard sensors, using hand-soundings or using survey-data.
The survey is the most accurate, but it takes time to get the results. A combination of onboard sensors and hand-soundings is usually best. Onboard sensors for quick feedback. And the hand-soundings for the increased accuracy.
Once you have calculated the result of the implemented solution you know whether to keep the change or revert back to how things were.
Step 4: Enforce
Once you know the implemented solution indeed increases the production it is required that you enforce that solution.
You won’t be onboard all the time, so the (other) operators need to be aware of the changes that have been made. Otherwise the production increase will not be maintained.
Ideally the crew doesn’t only know what needs to be changed, but also why. You achieve this by providing a bit of training and coaching while you are onboard.
Subsequently the results must also be recorded for future use, for example for future production estimates. This requires that you write a report where all the implement solutions and their results are described.
These are the four steps of the system, however it is an iterative system. This means the DICE system needs to be applied again and again and again, what I call a cycle.
Each cycle you will increase the production a bit or find out more about the dredging process that will show the way to higher productions.
In it the DICE system will be covered in much more detail and you will learn about how to identify the limiting process, several solutions to common production limitations and much more.
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To your succes,