Abstract

The in situ block size and shape parameters of a rock mass with discontinuities are of signifcance for determining whether an existing or virgin quarry is suitable for armourstone production and for designing an appropriate blast pattern. A method for predicting these parameters is presented in this paper, which includes a detailed discontinuity survey technique and computer determination of the blocks dissected by the discontinuities. The applications of the method to simulated discontinuity data and natural joint data are discussed.

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