Title

Advanced approach to assess and improve underground mine evacuation using discrete-event simulation and animation

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

1-1-2016

Abstract

© 2016 Inderscience Enterprises Ltd. An advanced approach is presented to use discrete-event system simulation for a better evaluation of various configurations for emergency evacuation operations in underground mines. The mine system evacuation simulation (MSES) models are introduced and demonstrated as a powerful and cost-effective tool for improving emergency response protocols/procedures and planning rescue equipment in underground mine operations. These simulation and animation models can assist mining personnel, rescue teams, and engineers in designing, training, and investigating a wide range of 'what if?' questions in both rescue and evacuation attempts in case of disasters or mine emergencies. A simulation model of an underground metal mine with an animation interface was developed using GPSS/H® and Proof Professional®, discrete-event system simulation and animation programs, to analyse the mine's emergency evacuation plans. The simulation results provided realistic estimates of mine evacuation times for different scenarios under certain circumstances.

Publication Title

International Journal of Mining and Mineral Engineering

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