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Subsidence Management System for Underground Mining

Department of Mining Engineering, Industrial and ICT, Polytechnic University of Catalonia (UPC), Avenue Bases de Manresa, 61-73, 08242 Manresa, Spain
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Minerals 2018, 8(6), 243;
Received: 15 May 2018 / Revised: 28 May 2018 / Accepted: 30 May 2018 / Published: 7 June 2018
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Potash mining is an important economic activity in the north-east of Spain. However, one of the main environmental issues produced for such type of mining is subsidence, which generates horizontal and vertical ground displacements. A Geographic Information System (GIS)-based model is proposed as a management system in a case study with two mines. This system is able to deal with subsidence data and its behavior over time. More than 1300 control points are included in the GIS, with data since 2007. These data processed by the GIS allowed determining the module, sense and direction of the displacements, the sinking velocity and the possible affectation of subsidence to infrastructures and buildings. Hence, the system created can be a useful tool to manage subsidence data, determine its evolution, predict future environmental and social impacts and control corrective measures. View Full-Text
Keywords: management system; mine subsidence; geographical information system (GIS); potash mining; planning management system; mine subsidence; geographical information system (GIS); potash mining; planning

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Sanmiquel, L.; Bascompta, M.; Vintró, C.; Yubero, T. Subsidence Management System for Underground Mining. Minerals 2018, 8, 243.

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