Geomechanics challenges of contemporary deep mining: A suggested model for increasing future mining safety and productivity

F. T. Suorineni, B. Hebblewhite, S. Saydam

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Abstract

This paper pays tribute to the pioneers in geomechanics, and addresses some of the most pressing issues of our time related to deep mining, and how to mitigate these issues. Solutions developed by our predecessors seem to have reached their limits as mines continue to go deeper. The International Society for Rock Mechanics (ISRM) guidelines for rock mass characterization for excavation design also require re-thinking to reflect current knowledge and experience. Thus, a whole new approach is urgently required to increase mine safety and productivity. The paper will draw on the challenges and experiences in medicine and science that have been overcome through genuine collaboration, advances in technology, and impressive funding, which can be adopted to provide solutions to contemporary geomechanics challenges for increased safety and productivity as mines continue to go deeper.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1023-1032
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of the Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy
Volume114
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Dec 1 2014
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Collaboration
  • New thinking
  • Pioneers in geomechanics
  • Pressing issues

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology
  • Metals and Alloys
  • Materials Chemistry

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