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Characterization for Cave Mine Design

Ryan Campbell and Wayne Barnett
Friday, April 8, 2016
First presented: 
Cave Mining Forum - Workshop Series I

This presentation summarizes a talk given during the inaugural workshop of the Cave Mining Forum.

For caving studies, the approach to geotechnical characterization differs from other mining methods and must address a number of cave-specific design aspects; those include: caveability, fragmentation, draw point spacing, draw strategy, subsidence, analysis, and ground support. Risk of mudrush, airblast, and rockburst has to be also evaluated.  This discussion will provide a brief discussion of current best practices in geotechnical characterization.

Feature Author

Dr. Wayne Barnett

Wayne Barnett has 18 years of experience in the mining and exploration industry. He specializes in providing operational support by defining the structural geology of mining projects and properly characterizing their rock masses in order to manage risks and solve problems in active mining operations. He also characterizes the structural geology for scoping- to feasibility-level studies.

Wayne has a PhD in structural geology and industry certification in rock mechanics, and worked as a geotechnical engineer for two mining operations over a period of 8 years.

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