Application of geographical information system in underground coal mine to assist operational management

Carter, Andrew William (2006) Application of geographical information system in underground coal mine to assist operational management. [USQ Project] (Unpublished)


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This research investigation aims to expand on a current Geographical Information System (Autodesk Map 3D 2007) at an underground coal mine in NSW (Metropolitan Colliery). The current GIS is only used for the sole purpose of producing ArcView shape files for the Department of Primary Industries (DPI) -Titles & Charting Branch for input into their GIS. The shape files are only used for mine plan (map) updates. The GIS is being under utilised and management may not beware of the potential that GIS can bring to the decision making process at the mine. The project will explore other potential applications of GIS for an underground coal mine that will be a benefit for decision making and the possibility of further expansion of the current GIS. The GIS implementation process starts with the initial decision to use a GIS; it then proceeds through system selection, installation, data base development and product generation. The research project discusses considerations related to each phase and focus on other areas of GIS pertinent to under ground coal mine planning and management. The research involved reviewing literature relating to implementing GIS to underground mines and in the resource sector. The research then explores the capabilities of GIS presently used at the coal mine site and compares that system to other systems on the market. Develop a program of data collection. Evaluate the existing data and acquire data from various sources. The project intends to produce thematic maps of various themes with all maps compiled on the same co-ordinate system so the may be overlaid and produce suitable reports to assist mine management with decision making. GIS has the capacity to put together information from a variety of sources into a spatial context and is well suited to support decision making procedures. GIS can act as a tool in helping the decision-makers evaluate alternatives and explore certain alternatives.

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Item Type: USQ Project
Refereed: No
Item Status: Live Archive
Depositing User: epEditor USQ
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Surveying and Land Information
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2007 01:05
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2013 22:44
Uncontrolled Keywords: geographic information system (GIS); thematic map; coal; mine
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 09 Engineering > 0909 Geomatic Engineering > 090903 Geospatial Information Systems

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