S. P. Reshetnyak
The author shows the stages of mining technology evolution and notes mineral mining process lagging behind the achievements of information technologies. Some ways of changing the mine planning and design approaches are proposed. The importance of mine planning and design regulatory documentation updating is substantiated. The author also points out long-term benefits of the development of self-contained mining machinery and equipment and emphasizes the importance of national R&D programs for the progress of mining sciences and mining machinery manufacture.