Authors: Bäckblom, G; Hedström, O

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Bäckblom, G & Hedström, O 2009, 'Faster and better development in the LKAB Malmberget mine — results of a joint project from 2006–2007', in PM Dight (ed.), SRDM 2009: Proceedings of the First International Seminar on Safe and Rapid Development Mining, Australian Centre for Geomechanics, Perth, pp. 199-205,

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In 2006, a broad consortium of mining companies, implementers of final spent nuclear fuel deposition, contractors and equipment suppliers joined forces to improve the underground development work. The focus of the main project was to analyse the effects of improved quality on advanced rates and costs. A baseline was developed at the LKAB mine at Malmberget to suggest short-term improvements. The improvements were implemented and the following results compared with the baseline. Important conclusions from the work were the need to improve overall planning and communication as well as the need for step-changes in the approach to ground support. Nordic Rock Tech Centre (RTC) therefore initiated a mining initiative on the development of ground support systems and equipment in which several major mining companies in Sweden, Canada, Poland and Finland collaborated with major equipment suppliers.

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