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Mine Ventilation - Let It Flow

Ailbhe Goodbody (Mining Magazine)
Friday, May 26, 2017
First presented: 
Mining Magazine June 2017 Issue
Mine Ventilation

Ventilation dilutes the harmful components that are found in a mine to an allowable regulatory level – these contaminants can include:

• Gases that come from the strata rock (such as methane, CO2, H2S, SO2 and radon);

• CO and NO2 that are generated by diesel-operated underground equipment;

• Clearance of blasting gases to allow the miners to return to the mine face; and

• Oxygen depletion in areas of the mine with poor air circulation.

The ventilation system in an underground mine plays a vital role in removing air contamination and providing fresh, breathable air to everyone working underground. Ailbhe Goodbody of Mining Magazine finds out how changes in the mining industry are affecting how ventilation is carried out. In the article Ailbhe has interviewed Principal Mine Ventilation Engineer, Brian Prosser from SRK's mine ventilation services business unit.

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Feature Author

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 Africa