Yu. I. Anistratov, V.A. Goryunov
Mine-take access is a fundamental element of any deposit development planning. The article highlights the problems of selecting the right criteria for the estimation of the efficiency of access methods. The authors also offer categorization of main openings, which shows a great variety of actual methods of equipment and material transport system laying-out. These categories are fundamental elements for comparing the alternatives of access and development efficiency assessment, and they can be used for the formation of the method of deposit access and development system selection.