White Papers

The concepts and findings in the following white papers represent innovative work by organisations using Ventsim™ to improve their mine sites.

These white papers discuss the usage of Ventsim™ and are provided to improve your understanding of Ventsim™ in real-world applications and scenarios.


Agnew Gold Mine Expansion – Mine Ventilation Evaluation using Ventsim™

E. Widzyk-Capehart, B. Watson

The Redeemer Gold Mine is a sub-level caving gold operation located in Western Australia. The underground mining commenced in 1989 and followed a slightly subvertical ore body to the depth of approximately…

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Fire Modelling in Underground Mines using Ventsim Visual VentFIRE ™ Software

D J Brake

The risk from fire remains one of the most serious of underground mine disaster scenarios. The impacts of mine fires on the underground ventilation system and the production of toxic gases have been difficult to model…

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Life of Mine Ventilation Requirements for Bronzewing Mine using Ventsim™

E. Widzyk-Capehart, C. Fawcett

Bronzewing Mine is located in the centre of the Yandal Belt, 360 km north of Kalgoorlie in Western Australia. Discovered in 1992 by Great Central Mines, the Bronzewing Mine is now owned and operated by…

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Practical prediction of blast fume clearance and workplace re-entry times in development headings

C.M. Stewart

Re-entry into blast fume affected underground areas is a safety and productivity concern for most mines. Lengthy re-entry times may improve clearance of noxious gases, but can result in production delays and decreased…

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Underground Fire Rollback Simulation in Large Scale Ventilation Models

Craig M. Stewart, Saiied M. Aminossadatia, Mehmet S. Kizila

Fire in an underground mine poses a serious threat to health and safety of personnel due to the spread of heat, smoke and noxious gases throughout the ventilation system. Predicting the behavior and likely spread of combustion…

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Quality Assurance Standards for Mine Ventilation Models and Ventilation Planning

D J Brake

Most mine ventilation engineers are involved in ventilation planning and design in some capacity. Ventilation modelling software used by a competent experienced ventilation engineer is extremely…

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Real-Time Airflow Monitoring and Control Within the Mine Production System

H W Wu, A D S Gillies

Computer software has been developed to link real-time information generated by underground mine ventilation airflow monitoring sensors into a network simulation program to undertake network simulations and allow interpretation of key system data…

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