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Interstate Technical Group on Abandoned Underground Mines
Fourth Biennial Abandoned Underground Mine Workshop

Abstract: An Outline CANMET's Program on Abandoned Mines and its Application to Transport Infrastructure

Marc C. Bétournay,
Natural Resources Canada

CANMET, the research and technology Centre of Natural Resources Canada, has been very active over the last twenty years in developing the knowledge and the technology required to understand, evaluate and remediate long-term rock mass movements of abandoned mines in order to predict and alleviate surface impacts and protect people and infrastructure.

This presentation will outline current work orientations, including establishing standard methods and procedures to support active mine decommissioning, routine application of modelling and monitoring instrumentation, and the examination of cases studies involving highways and rail lines.

Also presented will be the future work anticipated in updating our database and its access, and our involvement in reviewing major infrastructure located around the most hazardous abandoned mines.

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