The Coal Operators' Conference has been held at the University of Wollongong since 1998. The Conference is organised jointly by the Illawarra Branch of The Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy AusIMMM, the University of Wollongong and the Mine Managers Association of Australia.

For further information contact Naj Aziz (Chairman and Convenor), School of Civil, Mining and Environmental Engineering, University of Wollongong, 2522.
Tel: (02) 4221 3449.
Email: .
See also the conference website and the Coal Science and Technology website.

Complete list of conference papers here:

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Papers from 1998

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Use of contractors for mining operations, P. Allonby

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New environmental legislation: implications and issues for coal mining NSW, M. Astill

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Proceedings of the 1998 Coal Operators' Conference, E. Baafi, K Cram, G Gibson, and P Hanna

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Emergency escape systems, R. Bancroft

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Contrasts in methane sorption properties between New Zealand and Australian coals, B. Beamish, C. Laxminarayana, and P. J. Crosdale

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Recent developments in coal mine inertisation in Australia, S. Bell, D. Cliff, P. Harrison, and C. Hester

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Emergency management systems and plans, M. Bird

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Joint industry planning platforms for coal export supply chains, R. Bridges, N. Buckley, J. Goodall, and D. Seeley

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Predicting spontaneous combustion in spoil piles from open cut coal mines, J. N. Carres and A. Saghafi

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Sampling surficial sediments of a river receiving minewater discharges, D. J. Cohen, C. V. McQuade, S. J. Riley, and S. Adeloju

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Contrasts in gas sorption at Dartbrook and South Bulli collieries, P. J. Crosdale

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Hydraulic coal mining developments in New Zealand, G. J. Duncan

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Merit based selection and performance assessment for mineworkers, L. Edmonds-Ward and B. Trendell

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Improving coal mining production performance through the application of Total Production Management, J. C. Emery

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The use of seismic methods for the detection of dykes, B. J. Evans, M. Urosevic, and J. Cocker

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Ulan Highwall Project, P. Ferguson

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Coal Seam Modelling and Mine Plalnning Using Results of a 3D Seismic Reflection Survey - An Example from Huntly Coalfield, New Zealand, D. A. Fergusson

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Coal pillar design issues in longwall mining, W. J. Gale

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Prediction of stata caving characteristics and its impact on longwall operation, W. J. Gale and Jan Nemcik

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Some investigations into the explosibility of mine dust laden atmospheres, A. D. Gillies and S. Jackson

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Co-disposal of coarse coal reject with sand mining reject for the control of metal concentration in runoff water, C. F. Gosling, S. J. Riley, and C. V. McQuade

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Gateroad Development - The Correct Method, the Correct Equipment?, N. Gow

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Improvement Programs through Systems Management In Relation to Mine Development, P. Graham and B. Miller

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ACARP - Australian Coal Associaiton Research Program - research that makes a difference, R. L. Graham

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Bearing plates: new developments in the unsung heroes of ground support, P. Gray

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Stress corrosion cracking of rock bolts, P. Gray

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Gas utilisation, W. Hammonds

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Inseam drilling for gas exploration - recent advances, J. Hanes

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Use of simulation to support mining industry operators, N. Harper and B. Harper

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A review of fatal outburst incidents in the Bulli Seam, C. R. Harvey and R. N. Singh

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Dartbrook Mine - a case study, J. Hayward

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A Comparison Between Hoek-Brown and Bieniawski Criteria for Coal and Rocks, S. M. Hossaini

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The nature of underground heating as indicated by numberical modeling, D. Humphreys

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Operating a continuous hauling system at United Colliery, V. Istomin and A. Boyling

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Developments in self escape and aided rescue arising for the Moura No.2 Wardens Inquiry - A Special Report by the Joint Coal Industry Committee from Queensland and New South Wales, M. Jakeman

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Improving fundamental stockpile management procedures, P. Keleher, D. Cameron, and M. Knijnikov

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Combining modern assessment methods to improve understanding of longwall geomechanics, M. Kelly, W. Gale, P. Hatherly, R. Balusu, and X. Luo

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Coal Age - A Longwall Look at Tomorrow, M. Kingshott and M. Graham

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Transforming mining - a framework for dramatic changes in performance, W. M. Knowles

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Mine maintenance - the cost of operation, O. Krellis and T. Singleton

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In-seam drilling technologies for underground coal mines, Y. liu, P. Dunn, and P. Hatherly

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A new approach in planning gas drainage practices, L. W. Lunarzewski

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Managing mining contracts, J. Luxford

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Deployment of self-contained self rescuers in coal mines, P. Mackenzie-Wood, N. Aziz, E. Baafi, I. Tague, and Y. Sun

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Application of virtual reality technology to mine management, R. Mark and C. Mallett

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Computational and Experimental Investigation of Spiral Concentrator Flows, B. W. Matthews, P. Holtham, C. A. Fletcher, K. Golab, and A. C. Partridge

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MSR (Mine Safety Rescue) implementation and progress, B. McKensey, C. Ellicott, and N. Webb

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Fine coal dewatering by compaction in bins exhibiting reliable discharge, A. G. McLean

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Improving Relationships, R. C. Mellows

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Impact of longwall width on overburden behaviour, K. W. Mills and P. O'Grady

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Dragline Digging Methods in Australian Strip Mines - A Survey, H. Mirabediny and E. Baafi

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An integrated mine development and supply system, T. Muguira

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Introduction of Battery Powered Coal Haulers into Board and Pillar Panel Production, A. Myors

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Oaky Creek Coal - Improving Productivity, B. Nicholls and P. Lynch

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Contemporary developments in training, N. Parish

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Surface assisted continuous underground mining, R. D. Peterson

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Rapid generation of control charts for analysis of complex gas mixed in crisis situations, Ian Porter and M. Jacobs

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Diesel Vehicle Research at BHP Collieries, S. Pratt, A. Grainger, L. Jones, J. Todd, R. Brennan, B. Horton, L. Eager, A. Rogers, and Brian Davies

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Implementatin of the Moura recommendations - a managers perspective, D. Reece

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Modern management systems for higher margins, M. Roberts

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Report on hydrogen sulphide experience at Southern Colliery, M. Ryan, T. Harvey, J. Bride, and M. Kizil

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Using Fundamentals to Break the Breakdown Maintenance Cycle, A. Saffa

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Accuracy of measurement of gas content of coal using rapid crushing techniques, A. Saghafi, D. J. Williams, and S. Battino

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Improving colliery performance through one big team, many teams or ...???, C. J. Seaborn

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How to use pre-employment medical examinations and comply with Anti-Discrimination Legislation, D. Sholz

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Study of Waste Water Quality Management in IIlawarra Coal Mines, R. N. Singh, H. B. Dharmappa, and Muttucumaru Sivakumar

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Development, application and potential of a real-time return gas montoring system, M. I. Slater and R. J. Williams

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A safe way to reduce roof support costs and improve safety and productivity, M. Smith and Ross W. Seedsman

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Experience with stress control methods as a planning tool - EIouera Colliery, G. Tarrant, W. Huuskes, and P. Quinn

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Coal Geology - where to from here?, C. Turvey and P. Hanna

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Some aspects of rock mechanics applicable to underground coal mining, V. S. Vutukuri, M. Seto, K. Katsuyama, and D. K. Nag

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Gateroad Development in Thick Seams Using the Joy Sump Shearer, B. Ward and M. Downs

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Enterprise bargaining and agreements under the Workplace Relations Act, 1996 and their appreciation to the NSW coal mining industry, J. Whale