A GIS Solution for an Integrated Underground Coal Mine Management: A Conceptual Framework
Tanmoy Kumar Banerjee, Supriyo Roy, Shubhamoy Dey

Geographic Information System (GIS) is a computer software package that links information about spatial objects and the data related to that object. GIS is considered as a powerful tool for storing and retrieving, transforming and displaying spatial data from real world for a particular set of purposes. For application in mining, GIS packages normally fall under ‘toolbox’ classification of software. GIS contains various commands by which the user can perform various discrete tasks similar to word processing software. In this paper, an attempt has been made to analyze the entire coal mining system and have designed the maps and databases required. We also try to design an enterprise GIS structure of the system that integrates the entire coal mining activity right from strategic down to the mining face level. Finally, we try to show how this system will help taking accurate decisions and will make monitoring of mining activities easier.

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