Planning of hard coal underground mining operations in the aspect of GIS tools

Purpose. This article will discuss the general problems in planning hard coal underground mining operations. The conditions of Upper Silesian Coal Basin perfectly illustrate the complexity of that process. The exemplary concept modern IT Production Management System will be shown.  of. The multitude of data contained in the central database allows to take a full advantage of the capabilities of GIS tools that permit fast spatial visualization of the coal deposit and efficiently manage multiple tasks of planning of the mining operations. Methodology. The build-concept of integrated IT Production Management System, which will presented in a very general way, was inspired by results of a detailed inspection of the example of a similar system developed for a mining company in the Upper Silesian Coal Basin in relation to PRINCE2 standards. Results. The benefits of this type of modern solution are particularly evident when planning mining operations in complex, multi-plant mining companies. By taking full advantage of the capabilities of GIS tools it is possible to look at the hard coal deposit from a much wider perspective than with a single mining plant, which improves the rational mining economy. Scientific novelty and practical significance. Presented concept of the build of integrated IT Production Management System allows quickly create multi-variant hard coal deposit development projects, taking into account all the factors that limit the output of the deposit. The system allows the flow of information between dependent business areas and for data to be stored in one place without duplication. The data collected in a central database exemplifies the full advantage of the capabilities of GIS tools in the complex process of planning of production.

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