Systems analysis for robotic mining
Author: Mottola, Laura
Source: Research Gate – https://www.researchgate.net/publication/30004166_Systems_analysis_for_robotic_mining
Mining automation has incrementally progressed from line-of-sight remote operation to teleoperation and automatic control of mobile machines, mainly due to significant advances in underground communication systems. The present trend points towards a robotic mining environment where mobile machinery and stationary equipment will be fully integrated with a mine-wide information system overseeing all aspects of mining via a communication network. The successful design and implementation of the software and hardware components necessary to realize this vision depends on the level of seamless integration achieved. The complexity involved in terms of systems functionality and coherence necessitates systems analysis and computer-aided software engineering tools to actively support this integration effort. Hence, the primary objective of this thesis is to introduce and relate systems analysis concepts and tools to the business of mining. This investigation begins by setting the industrial context of this work with respect to past initiatives and future trends. It discusses different approaches to the design and implementation of mining information systems. It reviews the fundamentals of software and information engineering as well as structured and object-oriented analysis and design. It presents a survey of computerized tools for systems analysis. It then applies systems analysis concepts and tools to a high-level top-down analysis of a Mine Information System and examines a specific mining process in detail. Finally, it compares the applicability of structured versus object-oriented analysis and design methodologies to the complex problem of mining.