Roof Bolting Effectiveness at Michel

CIM Bulletin, 1967

D. F. Coates Head, Mining Research Laboratories, Fuels & Mining Practice Div., Mines Branch, Dept. of Energy, Mines and Resources, Ottawa, Ont. L. M. Dwarkin Chief Engineer, Crows Nest Industries Ltd., Fernie, B.C.

Crows Nest Industries Limited adopted roof bolting in 1963 to improve roof control and to extend continuous miner utilization in one mine. Bolting was held back because anchorage tests gave inconsistent results. The time lapse between mining and bolting was suspected as a cause, and so a test entry was driven and sections of it were bolted as part of the work cycle in addition to the normal timbering. This paper presents the results of the instrumentation of test entries and discusses the utilization of the data to improve mining procedure.
Keywords: Bolt Anchorage at Michel Colliery, Rock Bolt Trials at Michel, Rock Mechanics Principles, Crows Nest Industries Limited, bituminous coal