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This conference paper was originally published as Enever, J, Early Days of Rock Mechanics and Strata Control, in Aziz, N (ed), Coal 2001: Coal Operators' Geotechnology Colloquium, University of Wollongong & the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, 2001, 8-12.


BHP/AIS's Rock Mechanics and Strata Control (RM & SC) Group was formed in the late 1960's to address a range of issues then facing BHP/AIS's underground coal mining operations. Building on a local tradition of innovative rock mechanics and a global body of research targeted at sedimentary strata behaviour, RM & SC tackled a number of critical areas and made substantive contributions in all of these. Alan Hargraves, as the leader of the group, had a significant influence on all activities, as well as continuing personal research in the area of seam gas management. A direct line can be traced from the initiatives implemented by Alan at RM & SC and many of the modern advances in coal mine geomechanics.

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