Rock-Engineering Strategies To Meet The Safety And Production Needs Of The South African Mining Industry In The 21st Century

Gay, N. C. ; Jager, A. J. ; Ryder, J. A. ; Spottiswoode, S. M.
Organization: The Southern African Institute of Mining and Metallurgy
Pages: 22
Publication Date: Jan 1, 1995
The South African mining industry is at present planning to extract orebodies at depths of up to 4 km. To do this cost effectively and, at the same time, ensure safe working conditions for mining, the personnel will require both the development of new strategies and the implementation of current rock-engineering technological developments on a wide scale. This paper covers most of the technological developments likely to be required for mining at very high stresses, but it is clear that improved regional support systems will need to be developed to ensure defective stability of the rockmass during mining operations. Similarly, it is clear that improved strategies for mining in large-scale geologically disturbed areas, where slip on faults or dykes can result in wide-spread rockburst damage, will have to be addressed
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