A new web-based platform for ground control computer applications

C. Newman, Z. Agioutantis, N. Schaefer

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Over the past 20 years, NIOSH has developed a number of software tools addressing safe mine design with respect to ground control. These stand-alone PC based tools are available free of charge to the mining industry to help in the design of safer mining environments with respect to pillar stability in longwall, room-and-pillar, and multiple seam mines, formation characterization, support requirements, etc. As cloud computing gains momentum, there is a definite need to develop internet based applications for mine design that would be accessible at all times, even underground where permitted. webGC utilizes a multiple tier architecture which builds upon existing NIOSH ground control design software, more specifically ARBS, ALPS, and ARMPS. By taking advantage of current internet technologies, webGC provides users with faster and easier access to ground control designs, on-the-fly calculations for infield use, and instant collaboration between operational personnel and planning engineers. This shared platform will ensure more transparent calculations in cases of variable conditions as well as the instant recognition of problematic areas under specific design parameters. Due to increases in internet availability, data security, application maintainability, and cross-platform compatibility, it is expected that the mining industry will embrace this product as it has with other innovative web technologies. This paper presents the concept, framework, and steps behind the development of a new web-based software package called, "webGC." The ARBS and ALPS modules have been completed with current development focuses on the completion of the ARMPS module. Through introductions to and discussions of the current back-end database development, front-end userapplication interfaces, and the deployment of beta modules, the purpose of this paper is to raise interest in webGC such that the industry will have a full understanding and experience with the application before launching the product in the Fall of 2018.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication51st US Rock Mechanics / Geomechanics Symposium 2017
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781510857582
StatePublished - 2017
Event51st US Rock Mechanics / Geomechanics Symposium 2017 - San Francisco, United States
Duration: Jun 25 2017Jun 28 2017

Publication series

Name51st US Rock Mechanics / Geomechanics Symposium 2017


Conference51st US Rock Mechanics / Geomechanics Symposium 2017
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Francisco

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geochemistry and Petrology
  • Geophysics


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