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This report describes the development of a computer based surface monitoring and control system for collieries. The system was designed to satisfy the majority of monitoring and control requirements, and is normally continuously manned by control room operators. The operators interact with the system via a desk containing screens and keyboards in the surface control room. Because of the wide variety of equipment and modes of operation found at collieries, it was necessary from the outset to adopt a generalised approach to the problems of monitoring and control. This approach was applied to both of the main components of the system, the data transmission system and the application software. The approach to data transmission was to produce a series of specifications to which manufacturers wishing to sell equipment to British Coal must conform. This allowed manufacturers sufficient freedom to meet the requirements of the industry, while ensuring that the equipment produced was compatible and could be interconnected. The application software was written in the form of a general purpose monitoring and control package. This allows all collieries to run the same package, although there is very considerable scope for tailoring it at a colliery level by staff who are not computer specialists.

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Authors: ROGERS C J, British Coal Corporation, Technical Department, Burton upon Trent (GB)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 14117 EN (1992) 237 pp., MF, ECU 12, blow-up copy ECU 22.50
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Record Number: 199211170 / Last updated on: 1994-11-29
Original language: en
Available languages: en