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and therefore on the economic performance of the mining operation as a whole. However, standardised
procedures have yet to be developed that will allow the mining engineer to reasonably predict barricade
performance and assess the actual behaviour of the barricade during filling, curing, and subsequent mining
of surrounding stopes. A case study will be presented in which a reinforced shotcrete barricade is
instrumented to measure pressures exerted on the barricade and its corresponding deformation. Various
points within the fill mass are also instrumented to measure total and effective stresses and to assess
hydration progress in situ. The study provides important insights regarding the mechanisms of backfill
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