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dc.contributor.authorKostecki, T.
dc.contributor.authorSpearing, Sam
dc.contributor.authorHirschi, J.
dc.identifier.citationKostecki, T. and Spearing, S. and Hirschi, J. 2017. Probabilistic analysis for mine design, using coal pillar design to illustrate its potential usefulness, pp. 1-13.

© 2015 by the Canadian Institute of Mining, Metallurgy & Petroleum and ISRM. Analytical engineering design is based upon a trial-and-error iterative and deterministic process. Within this process, the engineer obtains some estimated values, plugs them into de facto closed-form equations, and receives output, which is expected to be a single number that serves as the basis for the design. This number is typically a factor of safety, or some other equivalent strength-stress ratio. This provides the engineer with a quick and relatively quantitative design methodology. This can create problems however, because in mining applications, the actual in situ system is highly variable, complex and often chaotic, which can lead to potentially incorrect conclusions that result in unsafe designs. A more appropriate and reliable approach is a probabilistic analysis for engineering design. This process is used widely in civil and other engineering disciplines, but is often overlooked for applications in coal mine design. Additionally, it seems the amount of past studies using this approach, especially in coal mine design, are rather limited. Considering how the probabilistic approach can account for uncertainty in parametric values and how unpredictable a mining design can be, the authors believe that this approach has potential in mining. This paper will focus on a summary of past studies related to probabilistic analysis in coal mine pillar design and provide recommendations for future work that could improve design reliability.

dc.titleProbabilistic analysis for mine design, using coal pillar design to illustrate its potential usefulness
dc.typeConference Paper
dcterms.source.title13th ISRM International Congress of Rock Mechanics
dcterms.source.series13th ISRM International Congress of Rock Mechanics
curtin.departmentWASM: Minerals, Energy and Chemical Engineering (WASM-MECE)
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