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 [USQ Project] (Unpublished)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 (FoR): 09 Engineering > 0909 Geomatic Engineering > 090903 Geospatial Information Systems

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