oa CSIR Science Scope - Numerical modelling in rock engineering : mathematical modelling
Rock engineering involves the design of excavations in rock, including the sequencing, support strategies and design of monitoring and management systems to ensure the stability of the excavation for the duration of its lifespan. In mining, most excavations need to remain serviceable only for short time periods, so excavations are often designed to relatively low safety factors. The nature of the rockmass tends to be variable, so the stability of an already marginal excavation can be compromised further by unexpected changes in conditions.
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