default Rockburst Support Reference Book I

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MIRARCO at Laurentian University is releasing a Rockburst Support Reference Book which is available for download from the IMS website. The book comprises three volumes:

  • Rockburst phenomenon and support characteristics
  • Rock support to mitigate rockburst damage caused by dynamic excavation failures (to be released in 2018)
  • Rock support to mitigate rockburst damage caused or dominated by dynamic disturbances from remote seismicity (to be released in 2018)

This book evolved from the Canadian Rockburst Support Handbook (Kaiser et al. 1996) and includes findings from subsequent research by the authors and others around the world.

The book specifically addresses support design aspects for strainbursts and for conditions where it is difficult, if not impossible, to establish a priori kinetic energy demand. A new design aspect – the concept of seismically triggered and dynamically loaded strainbursts – is introduced.

Deformation-based support design principles are established to assist in selecting robust support systems to mitigate rockburst damage. This book provides comprehensive guidance to create safe working conditions in burst-prone mines.

The first volume, Rockburst Phenomenon and Support Characteristics, is now available for download here. After registering with a valid e-mail address, you will receive a personalised copy in PDF format. Please send feedback and comments to Drs. Ming Cai ( and Peter K Kaiser (