Mine Roof Geology Information System (MRGIS)

Peng, Syd
Organization: International Conference on Ground Control in Mining
Pages: 9
Publication Date: Jan 1, 2003
It is necessary to fully understand roof geological features in order to design a proper roof support system for underground coal mines. These geological features include: rock type, rock strength. rock layer interfaces, voids, cracks, and bed separations. Traditionally, engineers have relied heavily on the use of surface borehole log data to identify geological features. Since surface boreholes very expensive to be drilled in close spacing, log data are often insufficient to provide detailed information on the roof geology. Recent advances in control technology have made a large amount of roof bolter drilling data available to mine personnel. These data can be obtained during normal roof bolt installation cycle with little or no interruption in mining operations. This research project has developed several methods to identify geological features in a mine roof from measured drilling parameters. Power trend line analysis can be used to locate discontinuities and interfaces in mine roof. Power averaging can be applied to determine the relative strength of roof strata. Thrust trend line analysis can be used to locate fractures in mine roof. The results of these methods are combined to produce a mapped roof geology In a production environment, manually interpreting and managing collected drilling parameters is not practical since hundreds of holes will be drilled during a production day. A new software package, MRGIS, has been developed to allow mine engineers to make use of the large amount of roof drilling parameters for roof support design. An actual underground test site is presented to demonstrate the analysis and display capabilities of MRGIS.
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