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 2013

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Development of a method for layout selection using analytical hierarchy process, Shaima Abdalla, Mehmet S. Kizil, and Ismet Canbulat

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Rock bolt corrosion - an experimental study, Naj Aziz, Peter Craig, Jan Nemcik, and Faisal I. Hai

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New approach to resin sample preparation for strength testing, Naj Aziz, James Hillyer, David Joyce, Shuqi Ma, Jan Nemcik, and Arash Moslemi

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Proceedings of the 2013 Coal Operators' Conference, Naj Aziz, Bob Kininmonth, Jan Nemcik, Ting Ren, and John Hoelle

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Delaying spontaneous combustion of reactive coals through inhibition, Basil Beamish, Patrick McLellan, Homero Endara, Umit Turunc, Michael Raab, and Rowan Beamish

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Real-time air velocity monitoring in mines - a quintessential design parameter for managing major mine health and safety hazards, Bharath Belle

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Pike River Royal Commission outcomes, Stewart Bell

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Cyclic inert gas injection - an alternative approach to stimulate gas drainage from tight coal zones, Dennis J. Black1

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Issues related to stability design of very high spoil dumps, Leonie Bradfield, John Simmons, and Stephen Fityus

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Ensuring the survival of critical information sources after an underground incident - can it be achieved?, Darren Brady, David Cliff, Geoffrey Nugent, Seamus Devlin, Steve Tonegato, and Peter Mason

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Dilatational slip angle of rebar bolts under axial loading, Chen Cao, Jan Nemcik, Naj Aziz, and Ting Ren

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Study on the bolt-mesh-anchor support technology for mining roadway in complex coal seam, Ying Chen, Hongwei Zhang, and Bingjie Huo

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Analysis and design of faceroad roof support (ADFRS), Mark Colwell and Russell Frith

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In-situ pull testing of cable bolts encapsulated with injection polyurethane, Peter Craig and Brett Murnane

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Management of subsidence at the Tasman and Abel Mines - issues and outcomes, Steve Ditton and Tony Sutherland

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Improvements in truck requirement estimations using detailed haulage analysis, Patrick Doig and Mehmet S. Kizil

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Application of advanced InSAR techniques for the measurement of vertical and horizontal ground motion in longwall minings, Javier Duro, David Albiol, Oscar Mora, and Blanca Payàs

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A holistic examination of the geotechnical design of longwall shields and associated mining risks, Russell Frith

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Australian longwall panel ventilation practices, Stewart Gillies and Hsin Wei Wu

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Tectonic stress environment of coal-rock dynamic hazard in Kailuan mining area, China, Jun Han, Bin Liang, Hongwei Zhang, Zhijie Zhu, and Hai Rong

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Geotechnical modelling based on geophysical logging data, Peter Hatherly, Terry Medhurst, and Binzhong Zhou

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Variation in load transfer along the length of fully encapsulated rock bolts, based on the installation mixing parameters, James Hillyer, Peter Craig, Shuqi Ma, Naj Aziz, Jan Nemcik, and Trenton Milner

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Effect of dynamic elastic properties of rock on fragmentation in Choghart Ironore Mine, Central Iran, Mohammad Farouq Hossaini, Rostam Ghafoori, Alireza Yarahmadi, and Mehdi Pourghasemi

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Cross-measure directional drilling, Frank Hungerford and Ting Ren

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International experience of gas emission and gas outburst prevention in underground coal mines, Thomas Imgrund and Rob Thomas

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Estimation of rock cavability in jointed roof in longwall mining, Alireza Jabinpoor, Ahmad Jafari, and Mehdi Yavari Shahreza

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A fractal theory based Fractional diffusion model of methane in coal and experimental verification, Haina Jiang and Yuanping Cheng

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Evaluation of structural component design in life-of-mine planning, Greg Kay and Michael Salu

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Geotechnical roof classification for an underground coal mine from borehole data, William Lawrence, Jason Emery, and Ismet Canbulat

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A study of coal swelling-controlled CO2 diffusion processes, Wei Li, Yuanping Cheng, Liguo Wang, and Junhui Mo

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Remote monitoring of subsurface heatings in opencut coal mines, John Malos, Basil Beamish, Lance Munday, Peter Reid, and Craig James

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Comparison of photogrammetry and survey laser scanning output data for use in mapping joints in open cut highwalls, Alison McQuillan

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Improvements in long tendon support with pumpable resin, Tom Meikle, Stephen C. Tadolini, Robert Hawker, and Daniel Pollack

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An engineered approach to bushfire management, Frank Mendham

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Early fire detection in underground coalmines, Frank Mendham, David Cliff, Tim Horberry, and Andre De Kock

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Numerical modelling of cyclic shear behaviour of rock joints under constant normal stiffness condition, Ali Mirzaghorbanali and Jan Nemcik

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Prediction of damaged zone in longwall working panels, Hamid Mohammadi, Hossein Jalalifar, and Mohammad Ali Ebrahimi

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Prediction and control of spontaneous combustion in thick coal seams, Ramakrishna Morla, Rao Balusu, Krishna Tanguturi, and Manoj Khanal

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Full scale explosion testing and design of gypsum plaster ventilation seals, Verne Mutton and Michael Salu

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The economics of extended pre-strip stripping, Retief Nel and Mehmet S. Kizil

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Tear tests of glass fibre reinforced polymer skin spray-on liner, Jan Nemcik, Ian Porter, and E. Baafi

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A new in-situ method for measuring simultaneously coal seam gas content and permeability, John Pope and Quentin Morgan

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Carbon sequestration in coal measures rocks, Ian Porter, Jae Dawes, Long Nghiem, and Jim Somerville

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Modelling and design of pentice protective structures to resist high-speed projectile impacts, A. M. Remennikov and Ryan Norton

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Design and field trials of water-mist based venturi systems for dust mitigation on longwall faces, Ting Ren, Shivakumar Karekal, Graeme Cooper, Zhongwei Wang, and Brian Plush

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Estimation of fugitive emissions from open cut coal mining and measurable gas content, Abouna Saghafi

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Monitoring longwall weighting at Austar Mine using microseismic systems and stressmeters, Baotang Shen, Xun Luo, Adrian Moodie, and Gregory McKay

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CoalLog: the standard for collection recording storage and transfer of geological and geotechnical data for the Australian coal industry, John Simmons, Paul Maconochie, Brett Larkin, and David Green

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Experimental approach to measure stress and stress changes in rock ahead of longwall mining faces in Czech coal mines, Kamil Soucek, Petr Konicek, Lubomir Stas, Jiri Ptacek, and Petr Waclawik

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Changes in rock properties following immersion in various chemimcal solutions, Luke Summersby, Paul Hagan, Serkan Saydam, and Shu Ren Wang

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Mega project development: optimising current practices and strategies, Richard Wittig

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Hybrid double-skin tubular members for sustainable mining infrastructure, Tao Yu and A. M. Remennikov

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A critical analysis of gas data in relation to gas drainability in the Bulli seam, Lei Zhang, Ting Ren, Naj Aziz, Jan Nemcik, and Andrew Hyslop