Comprehensive Atmospheric Monitoring in Underground Coal Mines: Long Term Critical Trend Analysis and Tablet-Based Communication

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Big data are generated at both surface and underground mining operations. Real-time operational and equipment maintenance data as well as data related to mining conditions such as ground control, ventilation, are amassed at tremendous rates. This data, however, unless properly analyzed, cannot provide the information needed for informed decisions regarding safety and health in the workplace. Therefore, methodologies are required not only to analyze this data to develop relative risk indices or matrices but also to communicate the results in a user-friendly way to mine management and decision makers. Research Approach This project will collect atmospheric data from underground mines and analyze them using long term trend analysis. The goal of the analysis is to determine factors that indicate developing critical conditions. When these conditions are found in the development stage, they can be mitigated safely, timely and effectively. In partnership underground coal mines the research group will develop a unique database which includes both underground sensor data as well as data external to mining operations, such as regional or local barometric pressure, temperature and humidity. Currently, methods and tools for big data analysis and presentation are readily available although such tools have not been implemented for analyzing atmospheric mine data related to underground coal mining operations. The research approach will focus on (a) the development of automated data reduction techniques aimed at long term analysis of atmospheric time series data and their relationships to meteorological and possibly other related time series data and (b) the development of a web interface optimized for real-time or near real-time atmospheric data visualization for mine personnel. Impact of the Research A means of alerting officials to trends will also be developed that will notify both an underground worker and a mine official via a tablet computer or comparable portable technology.
Effective start/end date9/1/202/28/23


  • Alpha Foundation for the Improvement of Mine Safety and Health Incorporated: $382,232.00


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