TURKEY – The development of computer technology and programming of colloquial language with expert systems have made decision-making a lot easier. A team of researchers from Istanbul University has developed a computer software called EQS that automates decision-making in a fuzzy environment. This can be used to solve multiple-attribute problems for optimal equipment selection in surface mining, and optimal selection of mining methods underground. EQS does this by applying the fuzzy set theory to a multiple-attribute problem.
The researchers, from the university’s mining, computer and geophysical engineering departments, tested the software at open pit and underground mining operations, with positive results. The method is very sensitive to the subjective criteria values and membership degree of alternatives.
Although EQS is in the initial stage of development and may need to be modified depending on applications and programming structure, so far it has been found to be faster, more practical, and more cost-efficient than conventional approaches. EQS software appears to have great potential as a helper tool in various mining applications.
The EQS program and some results of case studies can be requested from Ata Baetin at firstname.lastname@example.org (email@example.com) or at telephone and fax +90 212 473 70 69.