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 2014

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Development and Utilisation of Fibre Optic-based Monitoring Systems for Underground Coal Mines, Saiied Mostafa Aminossadati, Mohammad Amanzadeh, Mehmet Siddik Kizil, and Tongyu Liu

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Proceedings of the 2014 Coal Operators' Conference, Naj Aziz

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Shear strength properties of Hilti Plain and Indented Strand cable bolts, Naj Aziz, Kay Heeman, Jan Nemcik, and Stefan Mayer

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Suggested methods for the preparation and testing of various properties of resins and grouts, Naj Aziz, Jan Nemcik, Ali Mirzaghorbanali, Stephen Foldi, David Joyce, Arash Moslemi, Hooman Ghojavand, Shuqi Ma, Xuwei Li, and Haleh Rasekh

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Commissioning Adiabatic Oven Testing – an Inter-Laboratory Comparison, B. Beamish, J. Theiler, J. Saurat, and T. Levi

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Underground Mine Ventilation Air Methane (VAM) Monitoring – an Australian Journey towards Achieving Accuracy, Bharath Belle

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Changes in Gas Composition during Coal Seam Drainage and Laboratory Testing, Dennis John Black and Naj Aziz

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Prediction of in situ rock strength using sonic velocity, Nicholas Butel, Alex Hossack, and Mehmet S. Kizil

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Developments in the Management of Spontaneous Combustion in Australian Underground Coal Mines, David Cliff, Darren Brady, and Martin Watkinson

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Evaluating methods of underground short encapsulation pull testing in Australian coal mines, Peter Craig, Naj Aziz, Jan Nemcik, and Arash Moslemi

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In situ bond strength testing of Australian cable bolts, Peter Craig and Matthew Holden

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Mapping techniques for determining sandstone roof channel paleodrainage direction in coal mines, Luc Daigle

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Alternative excavation methods in undeground coal mining, C. Donnelly, G. Rammage, and M. Donghi

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Classification of Coal Seams for Coal and Gas Outburst Proneness in the Zonguldak Coal Basın, Turkey, Olgun Esen, Samet Can Ozer, and Abdullah Fisne

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Next generation technology for corrosion protection in ground support elements, David William Evans

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The load transfer mechanism of fully grouted cable bolts under laboratory tests, Paul Hagan, Jianhang Chen, and Serkan Saydam

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Comparative Analysis of Coal Fatalities in Australia, South Africa, India, China and USA, 2006-2010, Jill Harris, Phillip Kirsch, Meng Shi, Jirui Li, Ankita Gagrani, Anand Krishna ES, Ahmad Tabish, Deepanshu Arora, Kishore Kothandaraman, and David Cliff

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Open Risk - an Update on the Use of a Pit Highwall Risk Rating System, John Hoelle

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The size effect of rock sample used in anchorage performance testing of cable bolts, Matthew Holden and Paul Hagan

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Minimising Mucking Time by Prediction of Muckpile Top Size in Tunnel Blasting: A Case Study, Mohammad Farouq Hossaini, Mohammad Mohammadi, Bahman Mirzapour, and Nabiollah Hajiantilaki

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Poly-crystalline Diamond Drill Bit Development, Frank Hungerford and Ting Ren

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Riskgate and Australian Coal Operations, Phillip Kirsch, Jill Harris, Darren Sprott, and David Cliff

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Active Barrier Performance Preventing Methane Explosion Propagation, Johannes Jacobus Labuschangne du Plessis and Helmut Spath

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An asssessment of the correlation between the strength and cuttability of rock, Joel Langham-Williams and Paul Hagan

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Optimisation of Waste-Dump Lift Heights for Pre-strip Operations, Robert Lucas and Mehmet Siddig Kizil

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The borehole sleeving test method of resin anchored roof bolt instalations, Kent McTyer, David Evans, Guy Reed, and Russell Firth

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Investigation of the relationship between strata characteristics and longwall caving behaviour, Terry Medhurst, Peter Hatherly, and David Hoyer

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Development of a method for a longwall top coal caveability assessment, Terry Medhurst, Rudd Rankine, and Michael Kelly

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Is Carbon Monoxide Sensing an Effective Early Fire Detection Option for Underground Coal Mines?, Frank Mendham, David Cliff, and Tim Horberry

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A study on the shear behaviour of infilled rock joints under cyclic loading and constant normal stiffness conditions, Ali Mirzaghorbanali, Jan Nemcik, and Naj Aziz

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Effects of shearing direction on shear behaviour of rock joints, Ali Mirzaghorbanali, Haleh Rasekh, Naj Aziz, and Jan Nemcik

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Concurrent In Situ Methods for Measuring Permeability, Gas Content and Saturation, Quentin Morgan, John Pope, and Peter Ramsey

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Fluid Pressure Monitoring in Deep Cement Grouted Boreholes, Bruce Neels and Ian Gray

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Roof support control in longwall technology, Petr Novak and Jan Babjak

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Belt Road Segregation and Escapeways - Compliance or Risk Management?, Martin Olsen

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Geotechnical data from geophysical logs: stress, strength and joint patters in NSW and QLD coalfields, Stacey Pell, Ross W. Seedsman, and Kim Straub

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Full scale tests to compare the strength of polymer liners with high tensile steel mesh, Ian Porter, Zhenjun Shan, Jan Nemcik, and Ernest Baafi

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Gas Wettability of Coal and Implications for Gas Desorption and Drainage, Abouna Saghafi, Kaydy Pinetown, and Hoda Javanmard

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Numerical Modelling of Low Rank Coal for Spontaneous Combustion, Kyuro Sasaki, Yongjun Wang, Yuichi Sugai, and Xiaoming Zhang

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Implementing a suspension design for coal mine roadway support, Ross W. Seedsman

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Effect of different curing conditions on the compressive and flexural properties of Plaster of Paris, Zenjun Shan, Ian Porter, Jan Nemcik, and Qiuqiu Qiao

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Optimisation of Overburden Blasts at Glencore Ulan Surface Coal Operations, Daniel Thorn, Bruno Cediel, Sedat Esen, and Murali Nagarajan

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Drilling induced fractures in coal core from vertical exploration well: a method to determine cleat azimuth, and the angle between cleat and maximum horizontal stress, and its application, David Titheridge

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Assessment of an Environmental Sustainability Index for the Underground Coal Gasification Process by Using Numerical Analysis, Vidal Novarro Torres, Anthony Steven Atkins, and Raghu Nath Singh

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New fracture models for the progressive failure of rock slopes, Gaetano Venticinque and Jan Nemcik

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Measurement of Critical Self-Ignition Temperatures of Low Rank Coal Piles, Yongjun Wang, Kyuro Sasaki, Yuichi Sugai, and Xiaming Zhang

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Leveraging Gas Reservoir Data, Ray Williams