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 2011

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Remote Tele-assistance System for Maintenance Operators in Mines, Leila Alem, Franco Tecchia, and Weidong Huang

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Introduction and author index, Naj Aziz

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Proceedings of the 2011 Coal Operators' Conference, Naj Aziz

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Experience with Using a Moist Coal Adiabatic Oven Testing Method for Spontaneous Combustion Assessment, Basil Beamish and Rowan Beamish

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Actions to Improve Coal Seam Gas Drainage Performance, Dennis Black and Naj Aziz

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Improvement of Rock Bolt Profiles using Analytical and Numerical Methods, Chen Cao, Jan Nemcik, and Naj Aziz

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Regional Gas Drainage Techniques and Applications in Chinese Coal Mines, Yuanping Cheng, Haifeng Weng, and Lei Wang

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Experimental Study on Quantitative Application of Electromagnetic Radiation Excited by Coal-rock Fracture, Wenxue Chen, Xueqiu He, Baisheng Nie, and Hani Mitri

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Goaf Inertisation and Sealing Utilising Methane from In-Seam Gas Drainage System, C. Claassen

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Optically-powered Underground Coal Mine Communications, Garry Einicke, David Hainsworth, Lance Munday, and Tim Haight

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Why Dead Load Suspension Design for Roadway Roof Support is Fundamentally Flawed within a Pro-active Strata Management System, Russell Frith

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Hydraulic Sluiced Longwall Mining without Supports, I. Gray

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Gas Content Measurement and its Relevance to Outbursting, Ian Gray

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Stresses in Sedimentary Strata, including Coals, and the Effects of Fluid Withdrawal on Effective Stress and Permeability, Ian Gray

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External Reinforcement of Concrete Columns, Muhammad N S Hadi

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The Nexsys Real-time Risk Management and Decision Support System: Redefining the Future of Mine Safety, Kerstin Haustein, Eleonora Widzyk-Capehart, Peter Wang, Dean Kirkwood, and Ricky Prout

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Stability Assessment and Support Design for Water Deviation Binary Tunnels of Bakhtiyari Dam-Iran, Said Mahammad Hossaini, Farshad Nezhadshahmohamad, and Mojtaba Dadkhah

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Prediction of Rock Mass Rating using Fuzzy Logic with Special Attention to Discontinuities and Ground Water Conditions, Hossein Jalalifar, Saeed Mojeddifar, and Ali Akbar Sahebi

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CO2 Storage in Abandoned Coal Mines, Paria Jalili, Serkan Saydam, and Yildiray Cinar

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Improved Techniques for Heading Drivage, Stan F. Johnson

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Digital Networks and Applications in Underground Coal Mines, Denis Kent

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Simulation of Development in Longwall Coal Mines, Mehmet S. Kizil, Alex McAlister, and Robert Pascoe

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Analysis of Ethane Emission Trends from Active Goaf Seals at Mandalong Mine, M. Leal, B. B. Beamish, and C. Claassen

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Numerical Simulation of the De-stressed Deformation of Mining Coal Strata at Different Pore Pressures, Hongyong Liu, Yuanping Chen, Haidong Chen, Shengli Kong, and Qingwei Zhai

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Evaluation of Outburst Potential at Sihe Coal Mine, China, Mingju Liu, Hani Mitri, Jianping Wei, Wang Xio, and Zhihui Wen

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Evaluation of Rock Support Performance through Instrumentation and Monitoring of Bolt Axial Load, Hani Mitri

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Geotechnical Considerations for Longwall Top Coal Caving at Austar Coal Mine, Adrian Moodie and James Anderson

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Intrinsically Safe Communication and Tracking Technologies for Underground Coal Mines, L. Munday, S. Addinell, J. Thompson, and E. Widzyk-Capehart

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Design of Water Holding Bulkheads for Coal Mines, Verne S. Mutton and Alex M. Remennikov

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Determining the Ultimate Strength of ‘Tough Skin’, a Glass Fibre Reinforced Polymer Liner, Jan Nemcik, Ian Porter, Ernest Baafi, and Jeffrey Navin

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Bearing Capacity of a Glass Fibre Reinforced Polymer Liner, Jan Nemcik, Ian Porter, Ernest Baafi, and Joshua Towns

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An Integrated Approach to Improving Safety and Efficiency through Communications, Tagging and Collision Avoidance Systems, Brian Nicholls and Tony Napier

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Improving Access to Underground Coal Operators’ Conference Papers, Michael K. Organ, Naj Aziz, and Jan Nemcik

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Dust Monitoring and Control Efficiency Measurement in Longwall Mining, Brian Plush, Ting Ren, Ken Cram, and Naj Aziz

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Development of a Web-based Underground Coal Mining Information Management System, Ian Porter, Ernest Baafi, and Ray Stace

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A Major Step Forward in Continuous Miner Automation, David C. Reid, Jonathon C. Ralston, Mark T. Dunn, and Chad O. Hargrave

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Development of a Water-mist Based Venturi System for Dust Control from Maingate Chocks and BSL, Ting Ren, Graeme Cooper, and Srinivasa Yarlagadda

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Ventilation Surveys and Modelling - Execution and Suggested Outputs, J. A. Rowland

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Gas Content and Emissions from Coal Mining, Abouna Saghafi

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Application of the Brittle Failure Criterion to the Design of Roof Support in the Soft Rocks of Coal Mines, Ross W. Seedsman

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Geotechnical Appraisal of the Thar Open Cut Mining Project, Raghu N. Singh, Abdhul Ghani Pathan, David J. Reddish, and Anthony S. Atkins

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Calculation of Subsidence for Room and Pillar and Longwall Panels, Anton Sroka, Krzysztof Tajdus, and Axel Preusse

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Understanding the Causes of Roof Control Problems on A Longwall Face from Shield Monitoring Data - a Case Study, Robert Trueman, Robert Thomas, and David Hoyer

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Practice and Prospect of Fully Mechanised Mining Technology for Thin Coal Seams under Complex Conditions in China, Shihao Tu, Fangtian Wang, Yan Lu, Qi Wu, and Qingsheng Bai

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The Duncan Method of Partial Pillar Extraction at Tasman Mine, Kent Tyler and Tony Sutherland

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Effect of Magma Intrusion on Coal Gas Outburst Indexes in China, Liang Wang, Yuanping Cheng, Jingyu Jiang, Shengli Kong, Haina Jiang, and Xiaolei Zhang

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Review of Gas Emission Prediction and Control Methods for Multi-seam Mining in Chinese Coal Mines, Zongwei Wang, Ting Ren, and Lei Zhang

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Pressure Relief Gas Extraction based on Strata Movement of Mined upper Protective Seam, Haifeng Weng, Yuanping Cheng, and Qingwei Zhai

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Development of A Cavity Prediction Model for Longwall Mining, Bronya Wiklund, Mehmet S. Kizil, and Ismet Canbulat

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The Experimental Study of the Impact on Supercritical CO2 from CH4 Composition in Coa, Dongmei Wu and Yuanping Cheng

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Proactive Strategies for Prevention and Control of Fires in Bord and Pillar Mines Working in Thick Coal Seams, Srinivasa Yarlagadda, Rao Balusu, Tom Liu, and Veera Reddy B

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Influence of Temperature on the Gas Content of Coal and Sorption Modelling, Lei Zhang, Naj Aziz, Ting Ren, and Zongwei Wang

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The Efficiency Study of the Push-pull Ventilation System in Underground Mine, Xichen Zhang, Yutao Zhang, and Jerry C. Tien