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Underground Mining Methods

Editors: William A. Hustrulid, Richard L. Bullock
Published by Society for Mining, Metallurgy, and Exploration - 2001
728 pages

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Underground Mining Methods: Engineering Fundamentals and International Case Studies presents the latest principles and techniques in use today. Reflecting the international and diverse nature of the industry, a series of mining case studies is presented covering the commodity range from iron ore to diamonds extracted by operations located in all corners of the world.

Industry experts have contributed sections on:

  • General Mine Design Considerations
  • Room-and-Pillar Mining of Hard Rock/Soft Rock
  • Longwall Mining of Hard Rock
  • Shrinkage Stoping
  • Sublevel Stoping
  • Cut-and-Fill Mining
  • Sublevel Caving
  • Panel Caving
  • Foundations for Design
  • Underground Mining Looks to the Future


The successor to the Society's 1982 "Underground Mining Methods Handbook", affectionately known as the Blue Book, includes revised section of general mine design, mining methods, and foundations for design and a new section on the future of the field. Other sections cover the room-and-pillar mining of hard and soft rock, the longwall mining of hard rock, shrinkage stoping, sublevel stoping, cut-and-fill mining, sublevel caving, and panel caving. Among specific topics are cost estimating, modifications of the room-and-pillar mining method for Polish copper ore deposits, rock support in cut-and-fill mining at the Krisineberg Mine, and simulating underground mining operations. SciTech Book News

Chapters are grouped into the following sections: General mine design considerations (5 chapters); Room-and-pillar mining of hard rock (6 chapters); Room-and-pillar mining of soft rock (4 chapters); Longwall mining of hard rock (3 chapters); Shrinkage stoping (2 chapters); Sublevel stoping (11 chapters); cut-and-fill mining (11 chapters); Sublevel caving (5 chapters); panel caving (8 chapters); Foundations for design (17 chapters, on rock mechanics, carious support methods, dilution control, ore passes and blast design); and Underground mining looks to the future (5 chapters, on small companies, telemining, automation, deep mines and simulation). Most sections consist entirely of case studies in a standard format, each chapter giving details of the methods used at a particular mine. IMM Abstracts September 2001 Vol 51, No 3

Beginning with the Phoenician traders more than 3000 years ago, mining today is an international business. This book has tried to reflect this international character by presenting a snapshot of the world of mining through a series of case studies. The publication is devoted strictly to underground mining and can be used for the training of new mining engineers as well as a reference book for those already in the field. The case studies in this book cover the commodity range from iron ore to diamonds extracted by operations located in all corners of the world. The book consists of 11 sections making up 77 chapters. The sections are entitled as follows: General Mine Design Considerations; Room-and-Pillar Mining of Hard Rock Room-and-Pillar Mining of Soft Rock; Longwall Mining of Hard Rock; Shrinkage Stopping; Sublevel Stoping Cut-and-Fill Mining; Sublevel Caving; Panel Caving; Foundations for Design; and Underground Mining Looks to the Future. Black and white visuals are presented throughout the book and a comprehensive topic index is provided. International Journal of Surface Mining Reclamation and Environment (IJSM) Vol 15, No 4 December 2001


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