Developing an innovative soft computing scheme for prediction of air overpressure resulting from mine blasting using GMDH optimized by GA

  • Wei GaoEmail author
  • Abdulrahman Saad Alqahtani
  • Azath Mubarakali
  • Dinesh Mavaluru
  • Seyedamirhesam khalafi
Original Article


Air overpressure (AOp) is one of the most important undesirable effects induced by blasting operations in the mining or tunneling projects. Hence, the present precise model for the prediction of AOp would be much beneficial to control the AOp. To this end, the present study proposes a new hybrid of group method of data handling (GMDH) and genetic algorithm (GA). In the other words, the GA is used to optimize the GMDH. The proposed GMDH–GA model was constructed, trained, and tested based on a collection of 84 actual datasets collected from the Shur river dam region. In the modeling, four input parameters were considered: maximum charge per delay, distance between the blasting point and monitoring station, powder factor and rock mass rating. The coefficient of determination (R2), root mean square error (RMSE) and variance account for (VAF), as the statistical performance indices, were used to evaluate the accuracy of the proposed GMDH–GA model. Consequently, the results indicate that the predicted values using the GMDH–GA model are in excellent agreement with the actual data (with the R2 of 0.988), which demonstrate the reliability of the GMDH–GA model.


Blasting Air overpressure Group method of data handling Genetic algorithm 



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Authors and Affiliations

  • Wei Gao
    • 1
    Email author
  • Abdulrahman Saad Alqahtani
    • 2
  • Azath Mubarakali
    • 3
  • Dinesh Mavaluru
    • 4
  • Seyedamirhesam khalafi
    • 5
  1. 1.School of Information Science and TechnologyYunnan Normal UniversityKunmingChina
  2. 2.Head of Computer Science and Vice Dean, College of Computer Science and Information SystemNajran UniversityNajranSaudi Arabia
  3. 3.College of Computer Science, Department of CNEKing Khalid UniversityAbhaSaudi Arabia
  4. 4.Department of Information Technology, College of Computing and InformaticsSaudi Electronic UniversityRiyadhSaudi Arabia
  5. 5.Department of Construction ManagementUniversity of HoustonHoustonUSA

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