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Simulation Aided Engineering – Integration of Monitoring, Modelling and Planning


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Author D Beck and C Lilley


Open access to forecasts of mine geotechnical performance in the form of open databases of model results has been considered risky in the past, with a concern that the results will not be understood or will be misused. However, some modelling techniques allow very high similitude modelling of mine deformation and the results can be presented as deformation, damage and other parameters which are unambiguous and which all engineers can be more easily trained to understand. With some effort, sufficient reliability and quantifications of error are possible to overcome many of the issues.

Allowing more members of the planning team to have direct access to forecasts of mine deformation will promote awareness of geotechnical issues and will act as a mechanism for improving mine designs. The models will also be more easily integrated into quality assurance programs, by providing a framework for understanding measurement results.

sufficiency requirements for undertaking simulation aided mining engineering
will be presented, included some conclusions about requirements for training,
quality standards and software development.

Beck, D and Lilley, C, 2011. Simulation aided
engineering – integration of monitoring, modelling and planning, in Proceedings 11th AusIMM Underground Operators’

pp 181-186 (The Australasian Institute of
Mining and Metallurgy: Melbourne).