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Development of a GIS–based information system for mining activities: Afsin–Elbistan lignite surface mine case study

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In this study, it was aimed to monitor mining activities and product movements by establishing a mine information system and to give the optimum decision by conducting the necessary inquiries and analyses. For this purpose, at first the map materials used in the mining activities in Afsin–Elbistan lignite basin were converted to digital maps by means of GIS techniques, and after that the lignite deposit was modelled in 3D, by utilising drill holes data and geostatistical methods. With the integration of the table and graphical data obtained in this way in GIS environment, performance of location–dependent analysis, such as the determination of reserve–quality distributions, was made possible. Within this scope, it was demonstrated that the reserve quantities and statistical information of all attributes included in the databases selected from the screen or of any other databases generated through inquiries are accessible, and also thematic maps can be generated. [Received: September 14, 2013; Accepted: May 8, 2014]

Keywords: GIS, mining industry, lignite mines, surface mines, geostatistics, mine reserves, digital maps, mine information systems, case study, geographic information systems, lignite deposits, 3D modelling, Turkey

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