The Underground Mining Technology Conference series provides a forum to discuss new technologies and explore practical ways of implementing and expanding these new technologies to maximise their value within the underground mining environment. Shortcomings in current and new technologies need to be identified which will drive further development and better solutions.
Ongoing research and innovations in underground mining technologies continually assist operations to significantly improve their productivity, cost efficiency and, most importantly, their health and safety records, whilst reducing their environmental impact. This continual drive to improve mining safety and productivity requires new and innovative technology in rock mass characterisation, design, ground support, instrumentation, monitoring and data interpretation, as well as management and integration.
In recent years, a vast amount of technology development has changed the landscape of the mining geomechanics discipline. Photogrammetric methods and laser measurement technology allows geotechnical engineers to gather data not possible before, and the development in drone technology allows them to gather this data in areas previously not accessible. Advances in processing technology allows faster processing of large datasets, and integrated underground communications systems allow for real-time monitoring and real-time integration. Geotechnical engineers now have data at higher resolution with wider coverage and in shorter times than possible before, and a wider range of products to provide a solution. Effective decisions can only be made if data is turned into information, and knowledge derived from it.
These peer-reviewed proceedings feature 25 papers which comprise information on key areas critical for underground mining technology.
Edited by: Associate Professor Johan Wesseloo, Australian Centre for Geomechanics, The University of Western Australia, Australia
Underground Mining Technology 2020 papers are freely available from the ACG Online Repository, courtesy of the Open Access Sponsor, DSI Underground.