Mining Engineering, February 1991, pp. 215–219
Authors: J. F. T. Agapito (AAI)

Significant economic benefits can result when rock mechanics is applied within a practical framework and integrated within the other engineering functions of the mine organization.  This requires management support and understanding of rock mechanics as a practical tool to help attain high standards of safety, productivity and resource recovery.  For such an approach, a long-term geotechnical program is needed in most operations to build an adequate data base and to ensure that design and ground control issues are handled in a cost-effective manner.
This paper presents a summary of three case studies where significant economic benefits were realized with the help of rock mechanics.  Although cost savings were not computed, the economic benefits are obvious and clearly impacted the mine operations favorably.
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