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|A deep mining operation in the Lower Kelly (Imboden) seam in Wise County, Virginia experienced severe ground control conditions in its attempt to develop reserves situated under increasingly higher cover conditions. Ultimately one of only three mines capable of providing access to a large reserve area had to be abandoned. A thorough geotechnical exploration program was carried out to allow characterization of the critical roof and floor rock strata in accordance with the modified geomechanics classification system. The principal roof and floor rock stratigraphic sequence types were defined and mapped throughout the reserve area along with other critical geological factors. A ground control study based on the geotechnical findings provided a quantitative analysis of the causes of previous entry instability. Further analysis of pillar and entry stability identified configurations which would remain stable for the variety of strata types and range of overburden depths within the remainder of the reserve. Mine designs based on the geotechnical evaluation have, to-date, provided the stability required for long-term future development - of the reserve area. However, some areas of difficult ground were encountered which could not be anticipated with the drill data available at the time of the original study.|
Additional chapters/articles from the SME-ICGCM book Proceedings of 12th International Conference on Ground Control in Mining
|Bolting Practice In Longwall Gateroads At The Miike Colliery||Cable Supports For Improved Longwall Gateroad Stability||Comparisons Of Active Versus Passive Bolts In A Bedded Mine||Flexibolt Flexible Roof Bolts: A New Concept For Strata Cont||The Design And Application Of Hercules Cribs For Underground||Cyprus Shoshone Tailgate Roof Control: Case Study||Engineering Methods For The Design And Employment Of Wood Cr||The Use Of Foamed Cement Cribs At American Electric Power Fu||A Comparison Of Support Reactions To Retreat Longwall Front||Entry Design For Optimum Stability In A Multi-Seam Environme||Gate Entry Design For Longwalls Using The Coal Mine Roof Rat||A Test Of Predictive Numerical Models To Simulate Entry Desi||The Coal Mine Roof Rating (CMRR) A Practical Rock Mass Class||Comparative Analysis Of Longwall Gateroad Designs In Four De||Further Improvements In The Roof Beam Tilt Method Of Gateroa||Application Of A Static And Geophysical Monitoring System Fo||Flexible Support Design For Gateroads Of Retreating Longwall||Longwall Support Monitoring||Case Studies Using Mine-Wide Monitoring Systems For Geotechn||An Application Of Tree Classification Method In Analysis Of||Image Analysis Development And Application To Fracture Patte||Mathematical Modeling Of Strong Roof Beds In Longwall Mining||Load Deformation Behavior Of Simulated Longwall Gob Material||Monitoring Of The Interaction Effects Over A Longwall Panel||Design, Monitoring And Evaluation Of A Pre-Driven Longwall R||Ground Control And Safety Considerations During Longwall Rec||Utilization Of Polymer Grid Structures In Shield Recovery Op||The Impact Of Variability In Coal Strength On Mine Planning||Underground Application Of Optimization||Modern Geotechnical Exploration And Mine Design||A New Method For Longwall Pillar Design||A Rock Mass Strength Concept For Coal Seams||Techniques To Increase Yield Pillar Residual Strength||Application Of Seismic Tomography For Assessing Yield Pillar||Structure, Strength And Relaxation Of Interbuden For Input I||Rock Compaction Caused By Dewatering In Poorly- Consolidated||Correlation Between The Effect Of Confining Pressure On Comp||Characterization Of Structural Integrity And Stress State Vi||Rock Mechanics Property Data Bank For Coal Measure Strata||Failure Modes Of Mine Tunnels In Stratified Rock Structures||Determination Of Plate Size Effect On Ultimate Bearing Capac||Development And Evaluation Of A Floor-Bearing Capacity Test||Investigation Of Blast Damage And Underground Stability||Development Of A Slope Stability Program For Improved Quarry||Material Instability Hazards In Mine Processing Operations||Mine Design Considerations For Surface Subsidence Control||Surface Fracture Development From Mine Subsidence In Eastern||An Integrated Approach To Subsidence Modelling And Predictio||Effect Of High-Extraction Coal Mining On Surface And Ground||Economic Evaluation Of Subsidence Damage Mitigation Techniqu|