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Mining Product: ARMPS-HWM - Analysis of Retreat Mining Pillar Stability - Highwall Mining

Original creation date: March 2006

ARMPS-HWM is a modification of Analysis of Retreat Mining Pillar Stability (ARMPS) software for designing web and barrier pillars for Highwall Mining (HWM).

ARMPS-HWM calculates stability factors based on estimates of the loads applied to, and the load-bearing capacities of, web and barrier pillars used in highwall mining operations. The program considers the depth of cover, the highwall miner hole width, the mining height and the number of holes between barrier pillars. It uses a pillar strength formula that considers the strength of long, rectangular pillars. The program reports the stability factor of the web pillars, the stability factor of the barrier pillars and the overall system stability factor.

The download file is an executable which runs a setup program.

Release notes for version 1.3.02 (August 2013):

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

Release notes for version 1.3.01 (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.

Version 1.1.06 fixed a minor bug in the calculation of the panel width.

Authors: NIOSH

Audience: Mine operators

Software (Windows) - August 2013

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Version: 1.3.02

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