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 2008

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Proceedings of the 2008 Coal Operators' Conference, Naj Aziz

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Technology Knowledge Base for Coal Mining: Websites at the University of Wollongong, N. Aziz, R. Caladine, W. Wilbers, and L. Tome

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Optimisation of the bolt profile configuration for load transfer enhancement, N. Aziz, H. Jalalifar, A. M. Remennikov, S. Sinclair, and A. Green

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Development of a Site Specific Self-Heating Rate Prediction Equation for a High Volatile Bituminous Coal, B. B. Beamish and W. Sainsbury

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Moisture Content Impact on the Self-Heating Rate of a Highly Reactive Subbituminous Coal, B. B. Beamish and T. J. Schultz

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Improving UIS gas drainage in underground coal mines, D. J. Black and N. Aziz

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Problems with Determining Oxygen Deficiencies in Ratios Used for Assessing Spontaneous Combustion Activity, D. Brady

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The Role of Gas Monitoring in the Prevention and Treatment of Mine Fires, D. Brady

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CMRR - Practical Limitations and Solutions, J. Calleja

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Tailgate 802 - Grasstree Mine: A Case Study in Pragmatic Roof Support Design, M. Colwell, R. Frith, and G. Reed

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Geotechnical Design at a Mine Site Level - We Have No Choice, R. Frith and M. Colwell

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Underground Atmosphere Real Time Personal Respirable Dust and Diesel Particulate Matter Direct Monitoring, S. Gillies and H. W. Wu

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A Study of the Formation of Hydrogen Produced During the Oxidation of Bulk Coal Under Laboratory Conditions, W. K. Hitchcock, B. B. Beamish, and D. Cliff

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Neural Network or Empirical Criteria? A Comparative Approach in Evaluating Ground Vibration in Karoue - 3 Underground Cavern-SW Iran, S. M. Hossaini, A. Alipour, and A. Jafari

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Geological and Geotechnical Influences on the Caveability and Drawability of Top Coal in Longwalls, P. Humphries and B. Poulsen

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Analysis and Research on Influencing Factors of Coal Reservoir Permeability, X. Li, B. Nie, and Ting Ren

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Polymer-Based Alternative to Steel Mesh for Coal Mine Strata Reinforcement, C. Lukey, Geoffrey M. Spinks, E. Baafi, Ian Porter, and Jan Nemcik

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Effect of Grouting on Longwall Mining Through Faults, T. Medhurst, M. Bartlett, and R. Sliwa

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Designing for Efficient Installation and Relocation of Trunk and Panel Conveyors at Donaldson Coal, Tasman Mine, R. Middleton and M. Elliott

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Corrosion Protection of Rock Bolts by Epoxy coating and its Effect on Reducing Bond Capacity, M. Moosav and S. Karimi

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Crinum Mine, 15 Longwalls 40 Million Tonnes 45 Roof Falls - What did we Learn?, D. A. Payne

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Innovative CDF Modelling Ling to Improve Dust Control in Longwalls, Ting Ren and R. Balusu

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The Limitations of the Observational Method for Roof Support and Subsidence Management in High Production Longwalls, Ross W. Seedsman

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An approach to addressing explosive related accidents by implementing strategic training, Gour Sen and G. Downs

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Risk Management in Mines - The Six Sigma Way, S. K. Sinha

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An Empirical Approach in Prediction of the Roof Rock Strength in Underground Coal Mines, S. R. Torabi, F. Sereshki, M. Zare, and M. Javanshir

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Managing Roof Control Problems on a Longwall Face, R. Trueman, G. Lyman, and A. Cocker

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Gas Drainage Practices and Challenges in Coal Mines of China, K. Wang and S. Xue

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Ten Years of Conducting Level 1 Simulated Emergency Exercises in Queenslands Underground Coal Mines, M. Watkinson and D. Brady

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Identification of Spontaneous Combustion Prone Zones in Longwall Top Coal Caving Goafs, J. Xie, S. Xue, and W. Cheng

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Application of financial risk analysis for project evaluation at a large coal mine, M. Zare, F. Sereshki, and N. Aziz