Mine Design: Examples Using Simulation
Solve everyday mining problems quickly and easily by applying the computer lanaguage GPSS (General Purpose Simulation System). Part I of the book reviews mining simulation in general and describes why the GPSS/H simulation language was selected. Part II is an overview of the language itself to help you obtain maximum benefit from the mining examples, which are contained on the included CD.
Author: John R. Sturgul
Published by Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration
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Each of the 30 examples on the CD comes from a variety of mining operations (large, small, surface, underground) and includes GPSS/H progams that can be kept in a file to be run with no programming. Computer language experience isn't required, as all the programs are run by keying in a simple list of instructions. If you are more experienced with the language, you can modify one or more of the programs to suit your particular problem. All examples are interactive; you are prompted to input data for the simulation and then run the animation to view your mining operation.
Mine Design can also be used as a supplemental text for mining engineering classes, including those on mine design, mine equipment selection, and computer applications in mining. Most chapters offer numerous examples--with answers--in addition to the programs. Ease of access to the program and clear visualization of the results set this book apart from other mining texts.
This book shows how GPSS (General Purpose Simulation System) can be applied to many of the problems common in mining, including those concerned with mine design and equipment selection. The book reviews the use of simulation in mining, discusses the advantages of GPSS, and introduces the GPSS language. Surface and underground mines are discussed, as are mines of various sizes and in differing locations. Included is a CD-ROM encompassing 30 examples from a wide variety of mining operations. Sturgul has studied mines in academic settings and worked as a mining consultant around the world.
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John Sturgul has ploughed a lone furrow for many years in using the General Purpose Simulation System (GPSS/H)language for mine simulation. For those who have practiced in this field for longer than they care to recall, GPSS seems almost a forgotten language from the 1970s. Nevertheless, it remains alive and well and as John Sturgul demonstrates it is very relevant to the mining industry today.
In the course of 32 chapters and three appendices he introduces the language and gives a well structured training course, illustrated throughout by examples from the mining industry. The entire course can be followed by the reader using the GPSS/H language and a matching set of examples from the accompanying CD-ROM. As a language training manual, this book is clearly written, as it needs to be, especially so because some of the concepts are unfamiliar to those of us brought upon Fortran, Pascal, or Basic. GPSS is a fundamentally different language from these in that it is non-procedural. A sequence of GPSS commands is not simply translated into a sequence of computational steps. Instead, the commands set up the conditions or a powerful simulation process, and John Sturgul contrasts the conciseness of a GPSS/H simulation program with the extensive Fortran which would need to be written to accomplish the same task.
The power of the language for this purpose is indeed impressive as will be seen from some of the simulation examples—but (and this is my one negative criticism of the book) unfortunately the author’s enthusiasm for it tends to overwhelm the significance of the mine planning. The book might better have been titled GPSS/H, with examples from mine simulation’. In fact, in the usually rather narrow geometric (eg CAD-based) understanding of the term, Mine Design’ actually appears nowhere in this book. However, in my opinion this niggle is outweighed by the quality of the book as an introduction to a field which has for much too long been a neglected backwater that of simulation of mining operations—and which evidently can and should be a major part of the overall mine design process.
Dr. Stephen Henley, CEng, FIMM; IMM February 2001
The book is intended to show how a particular computer language, GPSS (General Purpose Simulation System) can be applied to a wide variety of problems that arise in everyday situations in mining. It can also supplement normal instruction on mine design, equipment selection or computer applications in mining. Part I is a review of simulation in mining and a discussion of why the GPS/H language was selected. Part II, an introduction to the language, is divided into 28 chapters. Part III includes 30 examples on CD from a wide variety of large, small, surface, underground, foreign and domestic mining operations. The book has a subject index. IMM Abstracts December 2000