Automated Geophysical Sensing and Data Processing Roof Drill.
Frizzell-EM; Howie-WL; Smelser-TW
Ch 30 in 23rd Applic of Computers & Operations Res in Mineral Ind SME 1992 :297-305
Decisions affecting ground control design require detailed knowledge of roof rock geology. This is especially true when weak roof materials and anomalies create hazardous conditions and, if not properly supported, result in roof falls. The U.S. Bureau of Mines has developed a system to evaluate geological conditions by using a roof drill that will provide an estimate of the compressive strength of the roof rock in real time. Through the use of sensors and a microcomputer on the roof drill, critical drilling parameters can be interpreted and analyzed almost instantaneously, making it possible to inform an operator of hazardous roof conditions, such as voids and changes in strata, during the drilling process. Geotechnical data can be downloaded to a portable semi-conductor memory device, which is brought to the surface so that data can be directly accessed with a personal computer for further analysis. Results from field tests are presented.
Ch. 30 in 23rd Applic. of Computers & Operations Res. in Mineral Ind.; SME, 1992, PP. 297-305