A rule-based expert system for mining method selection

CIM Bulletin, Vol. 81, No. 919, 1988

S. BANDOPADHYAY and P. VENKATASUBRAMANIAN,University of Alaska-Fairbanks, Fairbanks, Alaska

In recent years, computer based "expert systems" have been taking on large complex tasks for which no exact algorithmic solutions are feasible; tasks previously reserved for human experts requiring empirical knowledge, judgment, experience, developing a "best solution" by the use of plausible reasoning. Mining method selection is an appropriate area for the application of an expert system because extensive and detailed knowledge is required to make a "best" interpretaion of frequently ambiguous geological information. The expert system model presented here would enable users to apply expert knowledge to the evaluation of methods for coal deposits mineable by underground methods.
Mots Clés: Computer applications, Mining method selection, Expert systems.