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 2012

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Proceedings of the 2012 Coal Operators' Conference, Naj Aziz, Bob Kininmonth, Jan Nemcik, and Ting Ren

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Development and mining of high gas low permeability coal seams in the Karaganda coal field-Kazakhstan, Sergazy Baimukhametov, Yuriy Stefluk, and Maarten Velzeboer

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Investigating the influence of reactive pyrite on coal self-heating, Basil Beamish, Zhang Lin, and Rowan Beamish

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Prevention of frictional ignition in coal mines using chilled water sprays, B. Belle, D. Carey, and B. Robertson

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Experiences of the institute of occupational medicine foam respirable sampler use in mines, Bharath Belle

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Opportunity for re-entry into a coal mine immediately following an explosion, Darren Brady and David Cliff

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Failure modes of rockbolting, Chen Cao, Jan Nemcik, Naj Aziz, and Ting Ren

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Application of a numerical model for outburst prediction, control and management, Xavier S.K Choi

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Addressing resin loss and gloving issues at a mine with coal roof, Peter Craig

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Benchmarking continuous haulage, Allison Golsby

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Quality assurance programs for management excellence. Are they relevant to the coal industry?, Allison Golsby

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Mining gassy coals, Ian Gray

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A risk rating system for Anglo American's open cut coal mines in Australia, John Hoelle and Ismet Canbulat

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Relationship between twin tunnels distance and surface subsidence in soft ground of Tabriz Metro - Iran, Saied M. F. Hossaini, Mehri Shaban, and Alireza Talebinejad

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Early warning of longwall roof cavities using LVA software, David Hoyer

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Directional control in longhole drilling, Frank Hungerford, Ting Ren, and N. Aziz

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RISKGATE: Promoting and redefining best practice for risk management in the Australian coal industry, Philipp Kirsch, Sarah Goater, Jill Harris, Darren Sprott, and Jim Joy

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Truck-shovel fleet cycle optimisation using GPS collision avoidance system, Benjamin Knights, Mehmet Kizil, and Warren Seib

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Numerical modelling for estimation of first weighting distance in longwall coal mining - A case study, H. Manteghi, K. Shahriar, and R. Torabi

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Analysing the effectiveness of the 1750 tonne shields at Moranbah North Mine, Kelly Martin, Mehmet Kizil, and Ismet Canbulat

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Challenges of gas monitoring and interpretation in underground coal mines following an emergency, Peter Mason

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Fault and fracture zone detection based on soil gas mapping and gamma ray survey at the extension site of an open pit coal mine, Ya Ma, Detlef Bringemeier, Alexander Scheuermann, Tiro Molebatsi, and Ling Li

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Design for automated self advancing monorail, Luke Meers and Stephen van Duin

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A quantitative approach to engineering fire life safety in modern underground coal mines, Frank Mendham, David Cliff, and Tim Horberry

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Selection of optimum combination of fans for bord and pillar coal mines - A Case Study, Ramakrishna Morla, Krishna Tanguturi, and A. Manohar Rao

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Design and construction of water holding bulkheads at Xstratacoal's Oaky No 1 Mine, Verne S. Mutton, Michael Salu, Mark Johnston, and Christian Mans

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Large excavations and their effect on displacement of land boundaries, Jan Nemcik, Naj Aziz, and Ting Ren

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Pike River mine re-entry and emergency mine re-entry guidelines application and learnings, Geoffrey Nugent, Darren Brady, David Cliff, and Seamus Devlin

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Application of a transversely isotropic brittle rock mass model in roof support design, David A. F. Oliveira

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Dust control practices in the Indian mining industry, Jai Krishna Pandey

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A Critical evaluation of dust sampling methodologies in Longwall Mining in Australia and the USA, Brian Plush, Ting Ren, and Naj Aziz

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Thermal infrared-based seam tracking for intelligent longwall shearer horizon control, Jonathon C. Ralston and Andrew D. Strange

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Blast optimisation with In Situ rock mass characterization by seismic profiling at an opencast coal mine in India, More Ramulu, Anand Ganpatrao Sangode, and Amalendu Sinha

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A practical inertial navigation solution for continuous miner automation, David C. Reid, Mark T. Dunn, Peter B. Reid, and Jonathon C. Ralston

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Investigation of spontaneous heating zones and proactive inertisation of longwall goaf in Fenguangshan Mine, Ting Ren, Zhongwei Wang, Jan Nemcik, Naj Aziz, and Jianming Wu

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Desinging coal mine development galleries for room and pillar mining for continuous miner operations - Indian experience, Mani Ram Saharan, Prabir Kumar Palit, and Kasaraneni Ramachandra Rao

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The strength of the pillar-floor system, Ross Seedsman

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Analysis of the Macquarie monorail system in development of gate roads at Mandalong Mine, Braedon Smith and Paul Hagan

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Back analysis of roof classification and roof support systems at Kestrel North, Sabine Stam, Glen Guy, and Nick Gordon

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Safe automation: A practical guide to understand and manage sensor RF exposure risk, Andrew Strange and Jonathon Ralston

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Metropolitan Mine underground emplacement of coal rejects - A case study, Greg Tarrant, Tim Gilroy, Gasper Sich, and Dane Nielsen

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Experimental protocol for stress corrosion cracking of rockbolts, Damon Vandermaat, Elias Elias, Peter Craig, Serkan Saydam, Alan Crosky, Paul Hagan, and Bruce Hebblewhite

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Automated bolting and meshing on a continuous miner for roadway development, Stephen van Duin, Peter Donnelly, Ian Oxley, and Luke Meers

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Hot environment - estimation of thermal comfort in deep underground mines, Shugang Wang, Ting Ren, Tengfei Zhang, Yuntao Liang, and Zhe Xu

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Challenges encountered by New Zealand mines rescue at the Pike River mine disaster, Trevor Watts

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Radon measuring to detect coal spontaneous combustion fire source at Bulianta mine, Shendong, Jianming Wu, Yuguo Wu, Junfeng Wang, and Chunshan Zhou

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Physical scale modelling of roadway advance with wedge cut blasting for South Wing Rail at Tunliu Mine, Y. Q. Yu and Hani S. Mitri

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Permeability testing of coal under different triaxial conditions, Lei Zhang, N. Aziz, Ting Ren, Jan Nemcik, and Zhongwei Wang