Conference Program

Monday 18 February 2019


University of Wollongong

9.45 - 10.00 am
Arrival – Registration and Coffee, Building 67 Foyer

10.00 - 11.00 am
Coal Flow Properties: Quasi-Static and Dynamic Conditions Peter Wypych

11.00 - 11.45 am
Addressing Operational Issues: Flow Obstructions; Blockages; Wear; Spillage; Capacity Limitations Peter Wypych

11.45 - 12.30 pm
Validated Dynamic Simulation Modelling for Design and Troubleshooting Applications – Case Studies Peter Wypych

12:30 - 1.00 pm
Light Lunch

1.00 - 2.00 pm
Efficiency and Efficacy of Face Curtains for Respirable Dust Mitigation on a Continuous Miner; Future Research Brian Plush

2.00 - 2.30 pm
Dust Emission Control Options Peter Wypych

2.30 - 3:30 pm
Research and Application of New Dust Suppression Technologies Jon Roberts

3.30 - 4.00 pm
Afternoon Tea and Workshop Close

Tuesday 19 February 2019


University of Wollongong

7.30 - 8.20 am                                                     
Registration and Coffee, Building 67 Foyer

8.20 - 8.35 am                                              
Plenary Session- Chair Naj Aziz
Welcome: Professor Valerie Linton, Executive Dean, Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences
South 32: Roger Byrnes, Superintendent Geotechnical Services

8.35 - 10.40 am                    
Technical Session I: Chairs:  Dan Payne / Kevin Marston

1.   Roy Moreby: Application of VentSim to low pressure gas drainage and high pressure nitrogen reticulation systems

2.   Kent McTyer: Assessment of key parameters on load transfer during development of a Spin-To-Stall resin bolt system

3.   Ken Mills: A review of the mechanics of pillar behaviour

4.   Manfred Ziegler: Digital twin based method to monitor and optimize belt conveyor maintenance and operation

5.   Ashutosh Bhaskar, Alok Kumar Baranwal, Praveen Ranjan, Tapan Kumar Jena, Mayank Shekhar, Debaprasad. Chakraborty: Application of plastic funnels in blast holes to improve blasting efficiency of opencast coal mine at West Bokaro

10.40 - 11.00 am                                                           
Morning Tea

11.00 - 1.10 pm                     
Technical Session II - Chairs: Jason Emery/ John Hoelie

6.  Dan Payne, Matt Martin, Bob Coutts, Dan Lynch: Highwall stability implications from longwall mining at Broadmeadow mine

7.   Petr Waclawik, Sahendra Ram, Ashok Kumar, Radovan Kukutsch, Adam Mirek, Jan Nemcik: Field and simulation study for rock bolt loading characteristics under high stress condition

8.   Russell Frith, Guy Reed, Aaron Jones: A causation mechanism for coal bursts during roadway development based on the major horizontal stress in coal, very specific structural geology causing a localised loss of effective coal confinement and newtons’ second law

9.   Mark Colwell: Developing and using empirical models for geotechnical design in underground coal mining

10. Ali Mirzaghornanali, Peter Gregor, Zainab Ebrahim, Abdullah Alfahed, Naj Aziz, Kevin McDougall: Strength properties of grout for strata reinforcement

1.10 - 2.00 pm                                                                     

2.00 - 330 pm                     
Technical Session III - Chairs: Ali Mirzaghorbanali / Jan Nemcik

11. Frank Hungerford, Mitch Fagan: Over-core recovery of a drill string bogged in a longhole

12.  Bharath Belle, Guangyao Si: Performance analysis of surface goaf gas drainage holes for gas management in an Australian coal mine

13.  Brian Plush, Clinton Day, Timothy Gooch, Charlie Spence: A scientific approach to quantifying the efficiency and efficacy of dust curtains on a Sandvik mb650 continuous miner at Kestrel colliery whilst mining a full face of roof stone during an overcast construction?

3.40 - 4.00 pm                                                              
Afternoon Tea

4.00 - 6.00 pm                         
Technical Session IV - Chairs:  Bharath Belle / Xueqiu He

14:  Martin Watkinson: What are the outcomes from 21 years of level 1 emergecny exercises in Queensland

15. Ian Webster and Thomas Steigler: Reliable referencing for fixed and machine mounted gas detectors

16.  Alex Remennikov, Brian Uy, Edward Chan, David Ritzel: The Australian national facility for physical blast simulation

17.  Jon Roberts, Michael Hopkins, Peter Wypych, Vitold Ronda: Application of CAE techniques in combination with high-energy dust suppression technology for the handling of coal

7.00 for 7.30 pm
Conference Dinner, Harbourfront Restaurant - 2 Endeavour Drive, Wollongong

Wednesday 20 February, 2019

8.00 - 10.35 am
Technical Session V - Chairs: Ting Ren / Frank Hungerford

18. Keynote Presentation: Xueqiu He: Theory and technology for monitoring dynamic disasters of coal/rock by EMR

19. Basil Beamish, Jan Theiler, Andrew Garvie: Ageing effect on the self-heating incubation behaviour of lignite

20. Andrew Garvie, Ken Donaldson, Basil Beamish, Brad Williams, John Chapman: Management of spontaneous combustion in coal overburden spoil piles

21. Paul Hatcher and Grant Case: The experience of ADDCAR operation in highwall mining operations )

22. Stephen Giese, Jason Emery, Ismet Canbulat: Assessment of development roadway roof conditions at an operating underground coal mine using neural network analysis

10.35 – 11.00 am
Morning Tea

11.00 – 1 .10 pm
Technical Session VI - Chairs: Peter Craig / Adrian Rippon

23. Benjamin Blaka, Stuart MacGregor Adrian Rippon, Michael,Graham Wylie and Anne Whylie: Application of Smart Shear to define rock mass shear about coal mine roadways

24. Radovan Kukutsch, Petr Waclawik, Jan Nemcik: Roadway development and monitoring within deep coal mines in the Czech Republic

25. Naj Aziz, Guanyu Yang, Saman Khaleghparast, Travis Marshall: Development of double shear testing of tendons

26. Guanyu Yang, Saman Khaleghparast, Naj Aziz, Jan Nemcik, Travis Marshall: Why shear load of some peak indented cables increases causing increased wire failures up to a third?

27. Blake Burgeth: Intermediate drive technology as a cost-saving solution for belt conveyor upgrades

1.10 - 2.00 pm

2.00 – 4.30 pm
Technical Session VII - Chairs: Peter Craig /Basil Beamish

28. Tim Harvey and Ian Gray: Flow measurement in gas drainage

29. Russell Frith and Guy Reed: The limitations and potential design risks when applying empirically-derived coal pillar strength equations to real-life mine stability problems

30. Ali Mirzaghorbanali, Faisel Alenezi, Peter Gregor, Naj Aziz, Kevin McDougall, Andreas Helwig: Shear strength of rock joints under constant normal loading conditions

31. Umar Farooq, Rimpy Chetia, Runcie Mathews, Shalivahan Srivastav, Bhagwan Singh, Vikram Singh: Palaeodepositonal conditions and hydrocarbon source characteristics of lignites from Bikaner-Nagaur Basin (Rajasthan) Western India based on organic petrographic studies.

32. Muhammad Tressna Gandapradana , Andryusalfikri1, Sucipto Heri,Nugroho, Bagus Totok Purnom, Arya.Gustifram, Akmal Farid: The impact of intrusion on coal characteristics in Tanjung Enim, Muara Enim Formation, South Sumatra

4.30 pm


Additional papers in the conference proceedings are also published online

33. Sadjad Mohammad, Mohammad Atae, Reza Kakai: Ali Mirzaghorbanali, Naj Aziz, Ashkan Rastegarmanesh: Numerical simulation of stress distribution in longwall panels during the first caving interval 

34. Mohammadi, Mohammad Ataei, Reza Kakaie, Ali Mirzaghorbanali, Naj Aziz, Ashkan Rastegarmanesh: Numerical Simulation of Stress Distribution in Longwall Panels during the First Caving Interval

35. Lihai, Ting Ren, Xiaohan: The development of a novel Backfilling technology-concept and behaviour

36. Ian Webster:  How blocked gas detectors change the apparent concentration of gas  

37. Libin Gong, Jan Nemcik, Ting Ren: Numerical investigations of infilled discontinuity shear under different lateral boundary confinement conditions


Please note this program is subject to change. Current version as at 12 February 2019.