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Finding the most appropriate way to use elastic modelling results in a production environment is sometimes challenging. Many design criteria are available, but have to be used within the context of the failure mechanism and the correct field stress. Some design criteria require the explicit modelling of nearby excavations, but others do not. This distinction is important, but often overlooked in numerical analysis.
Establishing correlations between modelling results and observations (or measurements) are crucial to confidently use stress results for predictions, but seldom achieved. Many times correlations do exist, but not exposed due to ineffective observation techniques and a poorly selected design criterion.
The final challenge in the numerical modelling process is to present the results and interpreted outcomes to mine management and planning engineers in a clear and concise manner. An effective communication technique is important but often overlooked, which can impact hugely on the understanding of the given advice.
This paper shares the authors’ learnings on the above after being confronted with these questions many times during their careers. They aim to transfer their combined experience and selected techniques with case studies.
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