Innovative Approach for Monitoring Underground Excavations at San Xavier Underground Mine Laboratory

Nilufer B. Akbulut, Angelina Anani, Leonard D. Brown, Edward C. Wellman

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

1 Scopus citations


Assessing and making decisions in underground mines is crucial and is difficult due to the harsh environment and the limitation of accessibility. Monitoring plays an important role in assessing ground conditions to ensure safety and efficiency. Through consistent monitoring, a safe interoperable underground mine can be achieved, but to ensure coherent and valid monitoring, there are factors that need to be considered. The approach taken for monitoring with technologies used in it can highly impact the safety, productivity, and understanding of ground conditions. Visualizations designed with principles of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), can improve knowledge, and aid situational awareness. Focusing on monitoring systems and interfaces that are user-friendly and reliable can help improve overall underground conditions. This paper proposes a monitoring framework that uses desktop and Virtual Reality (VR) to display rock movement in the San Xavier (SX) Underground Mine Laboratory through a digital twin.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication57th US Rock Mechanics/Geomechanics Symposium
PublisherAmerican Rock Mechanics Association (ARMA)
ISBN (Electronic)9780979497582
StatePublished - 2023
Event57th US Rock Mechanics/Geomechanics Symposium - Atlanta, United States
Duration: Jun 25 2023Jun 28 2023

Publication series

Name57th US Rock Mechanics/Geomechanics Symposium


Conference57th US Rock Mechanics/Geomechanics Symposium
Country/TerritoryUnited States

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geochemistry and Petrology
  • Geophysics


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