Breunig M., Heyer G., Perkhoff A., Seewald M. (1991) An Expert System to Support Mine Planning Operations. In: Karagiannis D. (eds) Database and Expert Systems Applications. Springer, Vienna
Practice-oriented support of complex mine planning operations is a very ambitious domain for expert systems. The necessary prerequisites for this task are relating to the access to external databases, to the handling of uncertain knowledge and to spatial reasoning. They can be considered as fundamental requirements to recent expert systems.
The paper presented reports about an ongoing research project which concentrates on the above mentioned topics. First solutions are discussed, especially the coupling of expert systems and autonomous databases based on a logical integration of the heterogeneous data, the combination of probabilistic networks and production rules to handle uncertain knowledge and spatial reasoning, using abstract expressions with spatial context deriving from spatial data and operations. These solutions are implemented in an expert system prototype, using a typical mine planning task as background for the research work.