Application of expert systems for peak power management

CIM Bulletin, Vol. 86, No. 967, 1993

Y.L. Su, YLS Associates, Sudbury, Ontario, S. Vongpaisal, Mining Research Laboratories, CANMET, Ottawa, Ontario, and H.A. Smith, Falconbridge Limited, Sudbury, Ontario

It is extremely difficult for a mine's central control room operator to control peak power demands and to maintain normal materials handling operations at the same time. An investigation of the Falconbridge Strathcona Mine's central control room has revealed that there are more than eight thousand possible combinations of "situations" that can arise. For such a circumstance, an expert system can become a very valuable tool to assist the operator in taking the most appropriate and timely action.A forward chaining expert system module has been developed for this application. The module is based on Level 5 Object™ software. It is graphics oriented and user friendly. Training requirement is minimal.
Mots Clés: Computer applications, Expert systems, Power management, Strathcona Mine.