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Incorporation of the Method of Ranking the Hazards of Abandoned Mine Entries into a Rule-Based Expert System

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Department of Mining and Environmental Geology, School of Environmental Sciences, University of Venda, Thohoyandou 0950, South Africa
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Department of Business Information System, School of Management Sciences, University of Venda, Thohoyandou 0950, South Africa
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Minerals 2019, 9(10), 600; https://doi.org/10.3390/min9100600
Received: 20 August 2019 / Revised: 11 September 2019 / Accepted: 12 September 2019 / Published: 30 September 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sustainable Use of Abandoned Mines)
The work of quantifying the problems of abandoned mines is the first step towards the rehabilitation of these mines. As the result, in all countries that have many abandoned mines, researchers and different organizations have been making efforts to develop decision-making tools, methods, and techniques for rehabilitation of abandoned mines. This paper describes the work conducted to incorporate the method for ranking the problems of abandoned mine entries into a rule-based expert system. This is done using the web-based expert system platform provided by expert system (ES)-Builder Shell. The ES is tested by applying it to the case study of the problems of abandoned mine entries in the areas of Giyani and Musina, Limpopo Province of South Africa. This paper gives details of the procedure followed in creating the production rules of the ES for ranking problems of abandoned mine entries (ES-RAME), its attributes, and the results of its application to the selected case study. The use of the ES-RAME is found to be important for setting the objectives and priorities of the rehabilitation of abandoned mine entries. In addition, the incorporation of the ranking method into the expert system ensured that the procedure of the tanking method is clearly communicated and preserved as the rules of the ES. The expert system also has the advantages of being consistent in its guidance, and it gives the user an opportunity to go through the ranking process of the system using any possible fictitious information; this gives the user a feel for the ranking process and the data required when using the ES-RAME. View Full-Text
Keywords: abandoned mines; mine entries; expert system; hazard ranking abandoned mines; mine entries; expert system; hazard ranking
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Mhlongo, S.E.; Amponsah-Dacosta, F.; Kadyamatimba, A. Incorporation of the Method of Ranking the Hazards of Abandoned Mine Entries into a Rule-Based Expert System. Minerals 2019, 9, 600.

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