Analysis of Survey Information about Airblast and Ground Vibration Reporting Units


Common units for reporting air blast measurements may be detrimental to quality public relations. Recent research has shown that the practice of reporting air blast in decibels (dBs) creates discomfort in residents living in proximity to blasting. The study discussed in this article utilised Likert Scaled Surveys to determine residents' comfort levels with different air blast reporting units including dBs, millibars and pounds per square inch (PSI). The surveys were distributed to residents in close proximity to several operations in the Midwest United States and were analysed based on location and demographics. The results were also compared to other groups of survey participants that did not reside near blasting operations. Analysis of the data shows that using similar surveys as a potential tool for proactive public relations shows promise. Using surveys to establish baseline communication levels with neighbours could advance public relations for mining operations by providing insight and direction for site specific public relations programs.


Mining Engineering

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Air-Blast; Blasting Operations; Close Proximity; Comfort; Comfort Level; Communication Levels; Ground Vibration; Mining Operations; Perceptions; Potential Tool; Proactive Public Relations; Site-Specific, Blasting; Mining; Public Relations; Vibration Analysis; Surveys; Baseline Survey; Blasting; Mining; Mining Industry; Perception; Vibration, United States

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01 Jan 2011