A Knowledge-Based Expert System for Managing Underground Coal Mines in the US

H. Singh
S. Yuan
C. M. Watts
J. M. Dean
N. P. Reddy
R. S. Nutter Jr.
R. Larry Grayson, Missouri University of Science and Technology

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The Mine Management Support System which is being developed as a knowledge-based expert system for better management of underground coal mines, is presented. Concentrating on capturing the complex body of knowledge needed to enhance efficient management of a mine, it will encompass information and preferred rules on work scheduling, work practices, regulations impinging on the accomplishment of work, responses to operating problems, and the labor-management work agreement. Different components of the mine system, modeled using an object-oriented layering technique, are displayed graphically to aid in coordinating work plans and to present locations of equipment, supplies, and proposed subsystem components.