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Elements of an Effective Instrumentation and Monitoring Program: A Case Study for Mine Support Design.

Tadolini SC; Dolinar DR
Proc 1989 :47-50
An underground mine design instrumentation program must address certain critical elements to be safe, effective, and useful. The recommended elements are (1) well-defined staff roles and responsibilities, (2) adequately trained staff, (3) good reasons for installing instruments, (4) well-installed instruments with proven historical performance records, (5) established data base, (6) established procedures for taking readings and maintaining instruments, (7) quick and effective transmittal, processing, and review of data, (8) formal review and documentation procedures, (9) good communication and team work, and (10) lack of complacency. The omission of any of these critical elements may result in a design program that has the potential for being dangerous, costly, and time consuming by failing to provide the required information. An investigation conducted by the U.S. Bureau of Mines Denver Research Center, in an underground coal mine, illustrates the necessity for including these critical elements in an instrumentation and monitoring program. The Bureau's investigation demonstrated that such a program will provide results that permit an accurate analysis of the underground strata behavior as it relates to the mine design program. Instrumentation and monitoring included in the Bureau study were differential sag stations, pressure pads, and ultrasonically monitored roof bolts. This paper illustrates some critical elements in an instrumentation and monitoring plan through a description of the Bureau's underground instrumentation, data acquisition, and data analysis, and t
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Proc. 1989 Multinational Conf. Mine Planning & Design; Univ. Kentucky, 1989, PP. 47-50
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