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Reference book about underground mining methods in a new edition


A new, second edition of Atlas Copco’s technical reference book “Mining Methods in Underground Mining” is released. Used by the mining industry as well as by universities and consultants around the world, the first edition has been a real success.

Atlas Copco has for many decades had the ambition to provide the underground mining industry with interesting and educational articles describing various underground mining methods.
“Our main ambition with these publications is to stimulate technical interchange between all people with a special interest in this fascinating business”, says Hans Fernberg, M Sc Mining Engineering and Senior Adviser at Atlas Copco Rock Drills AB.

Mining trends

Divided in two parts, the book presents technical issues as well as case studies from underground mines around the world.
The book’s first part includes a contribution by Magnus Ericsson from the Raw Material Group with an article covering today’s general trends in underground mining. The fact that mines are getting deeper is one of many factors presented as driving the development of new mining technologies, and which affect all stakeholders.

Studies from real life

Besides articles covering the whole spectra from geology, mineral prospecting and exploration, mining infrastructure, principles of raise boring and different mining methods, the book presents a number of case studies gathered from all around the world.
From the far north of Sweden, where LKAB’s Kiruna and Malmberget mines supply about 4 % of the iron ore requirements of the world’s steel industry, and with great ambitions of increasing outputs - to the richest silver mine in the world, Industias Peñoles’ Proaño mine in Mexico, with 450 years of operating history.

The book is available at any local Atlas Copco customer center, or you can order it on

For further information please contact:

  • Hans Fernberg, M Sc Mining Engineer, Senior Adviser, Atlas Copco Rock Drills AB
    Phone: +46 (0) 8- 743 8170
    Fax: +46 (0) 8-743 9246
  • Patrik Johansson, Communications Professional Underground Rock Excavation
    Phone: +46 (0) 19-503 1251
    Fax: +46 (0) 19-670 7393

Atlas Copco Underground Rock Excavation Division

Atlas Copco Underground Rock Excavation is a division within Atlas Copco’s Construction and Mining Technique business area. It develops, manufactures, and markets a wide range of tunneling and mining equipment for various underground applications worldwide. The division focuses strongly on innovative product design and aftermarket support systems, which give added customer value. The divisional headquarters and main production center is in Örebro, Sweden.