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The Practice of Mine Ventilation Engineering

Keith Wallace, Brian Prosser, Danielle Stinnette
Sunday, March 1, 2015
First presented: 
The International Journal of Mining Science and Technology
Published paper
Mine Ventilation

The practice of ventilation is continually evolving with new technological advances developed in the mining industry.  In recent years the advances in diesel engine technologies, ventilation modeling software, and ventilation management capacities have redefined the historical methods used to evaluate systems.  The advances re-evaluate previous methods used to calculate the airflow requirements for the dilution of diesel exhaust fumes.  Modeling software has become an integral part of planning and developing ventilation systems in partnership with graphical mine design software packages to generate realistic representations of the mine.  Significant advances in ventilation control strategies through remote sensors and monitoring capabilities have been developed to results in cost savings.  Though there has been much advancement in mine ventilation technology, the practices and basic ventilation principals enacted through the ventilation engineer cannot be placated with technological advances only.

Feature Author

Keith Wallace
Mr. Wallace has over 30 years of underground ventilation experience. He manages a small team of engineers in the design and implementation of underground mine ventilation systems for mining and civil projects around the world. Worldwide there are less than five firms that specialize in only underground mine ventilation.
Mr. Wallace has been active in the ventilation community by serving on the executive committee of the Underground Ventilation Committee of the Society of Mining Engineers, publishing over 30 papers on various aspects of ventilation and was the editor of the 12th US/North American Mine Ventilation Symposium. He has been in involved with numerous ventilation studies at both metal/non-metal mines, coal mines and tunnel construction projects throughout the world. Mr. Wallace is also active in developing ventilation software and organizing and has conducted over 40 workshops on ventilation planning and design to mining professionals.
Mine Ventilation Specialist
MS Eng. Mineral Engineering, Underground Ventilation
SRK Clovis
Brian Prosser

Mr. Prosser has over 20 years of experience in the design and planning of large underground ventilation systems, ventilation and air climatic surveys, network analysis, dust and gas control, and the development of network ventilation and fire models. He has experience overseeing numerous ventilation studies involving nuclear waste repositories, hard rock mines, and coal mines. Brian has performed ventilation studies, surveys, optimization and planning for mines located in North America, South America, Europe and Indonesia. Brian has been responsible for survey planning, coordination with third party consultants and vendors, business development and job estimating. He has also conducted ventilation short courses to expand the knowledge base of clientele.

Mine Ventilation Specialist
SRK Clovis
SRK North America