Systematic Review and Compliance Audits of Ground Control Management Plans

Author(s): 
Louie Human
Date: 
Wednesday, April 1, 2015
First presented: 
The AusIMM Bulletin, April 2015
Type: 
Published paper
Category: 
Geotechnical

A systematic approach to review and auditing of Ground Control Management Plan (GCMP) for both open pit and underground operations adds value and provides a clear priority list for continued improvement. The process should be based on and tailored to meet the guidelines provided by the States Mines Inspectorate with respect to the location of operation under review and reflect the in - house corporate governance requirements.

An approach has been developed to audit Ground Control Management Plan (GCMP) docum entation, related operating standards, management plans, procedures and the site implementation process to ensure compliance to legislation and industry expectations. The approach is designed to evaluate and score the mine’s GCMP documentation and associat ed operating procedures consistently with respects to satisfying legal requirements and robustness to the rigors of regular Mines Inspectorate geotechnical audits.

The Mines Inspectorate recognise that mining experience and professional judgment in geotech nical engineering are not easily quantified, but can contribute significantly to formulating various solutions to a particular mining problem. Management is required to recognise, identify and address the geotechnical issues that are unique to their mine, using current geotechnical knowledge and tools.

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