Industry-scale knowledge management—Introducing the RISKGATE underground strata and explosions body of knowledge

CIM Journal, Vol. 5, No. 4, 2014

P. A. Kirsch, J. Harris, D. Cliff, and M. Shi
Minerals Industry Safety and Health Centre, Sustainable Minerals Institute,
University of Queensland, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

B. Hebblewhite
School of Mining Engineering, University of New South Wales, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

D. Sprott
Design Solutions Australia Pty Ltd., Buddina, Queensland, Australia

A. Ranjan*, S. Sharma*, T. Biswas*, and S. Sharma†
Summer Research Scholars, 2012–2013,
University of Queensland Summer Undergraduate Research Program, Minerals Industry Safety and Health Centre,
Sustainable Minerals Institute, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia;
*Mining Engineering Student, Indian School of Mines, Dhanbad, India;
†Mining Engineering Student, National Institute of Technology Karnataka, Surathkal, Mangalore, India

Abstract RISKGATE is an interactive online risk management system that compiles and presents current practices from a diverse range of Australian coal mining experts. The system is designed to assist the industry in implementing continual improvement in management of major unwanted events, thus maximizing health and safety performance. This paper presents an overview of the comprehensive body of knowledge developed for management of unwanted strata incidents and explosions in the underground environment. From a broader industry perspective, RISKGATE provides an environment for knowledge capture and exchange to drive innovation and advance current practices in the identification, assessment, and management of risk.
Keywords: Risk management, Explosions, Underground coal mines, Work safety in coal, Strata management
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