Presented at the 2017 Mining Health and Safety Conference
CanmetMINING’s recent developments on ground support techniques for improving mine safety
Kristie Tarr, CanmetMINING
Extending the life of existing mines by developing mineral resources at greater depths presents a number of technological challenges, the most significant of which is the major health and safety issue of ground stability. Under this field of research, CanmetMINING is developing technologies to monitor stress and ground pressure variation, as well as technologies to instrument rock bolts for live monitoring of rock bolt integrity. Since mining companies and suppliers of ground support require standardized methods to properly evaluate new types of support, CanmetMINING has developed static and dynamic test systems to meet this requirement. The presentation will review these new developments and test systems.