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Mining Product: ARBS - Analysis of Roof Bolt Systems

Original creation date: April 2003

Analysis of Roof Bolt Systems (ARBS) is software to aid in the selection of roof bolts for primary support in underground coal mines.

Selecting the proper roof bolt system from the immense variety of available bolt types and patterns can be confusing. ARBS simplifies the process by collecting input on the most important factors that determine the roof bolt performance, including roof quality, depth of cover, and intersection span. Using this information, ARBS suggests preliminary design values for:

  • Bolt length
  • Bolt capacity
  • Bolt pattern

In addition to helping select primary support patterns, ARBS can also indicate where supplemental support may be needed.

The download file is a self-extracting executable which will automatically run a setup program.

Release notes for version 2.5.02 (August 2013):

  • Minor bug fixes
  • Fixed operating system compatibility issues
  • User interface improvements

Release notes for version 2.5.01 (October 2012):

  • Recompiled with new libraries
  • 16/32 bit controls have been replaced with 32/64 bit controls
  • User interface improvements
  • Program installer has been updated with more options and better checks for older installations
  • Various bug fixes
  • Tested for better functioning under Windows 7

Authors: NIOSH

Audience: Mine operators

Software (Windows) - August 2013

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Version: 2.5.02

Pittsburgh, PA: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, 2013 Aug