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, Australian Centre for Geomechanics, Perth, pp. 295-308.
Ground support and its associated equipment have a significant impact on safety and productivity in both mining and construction. Since 2007, the industry-funded Rock Tech Centre’s Mining Initiative on Ground Support Systems and Equipment (MIGS) consortium has initiated and managed a variety of projects representing the collective and non-competitive interests of the global mining and service industry. From the beginning, using an agreed program of projects and seminars, the goal has been to obtain a beneficial advance in the capability of ground support and its installation equipment technology by:
This paper elaborates on the above goals and summarises some of the major achievements and key conclusions of a 12-year program of 25 work packages.
Keywords: ground support design, testing rigs, bolt monitoring, equipment productivity improvement
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