The Coal Operators' Conference has been held at the University of Wollongong since 1998. The Conference is organised by Mining Engineering at UOW.
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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Complete proceedings as printed, with front and end matter, available here:

1998 | 2001 | 2002 | 2003 | 2004 | 2005 | 2006 | 2008 | 2009 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013 | 2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017

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Papers from 2017

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Study of seismic activities associated with Australian underground coal mining, Kyung Sik Ahn, Chengguo Zhang, and Ismet Canbulat

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Proceedings of the 2017 Coal Operators' Conference, Naj Aziz and Bob Kininmnoth

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The extent of shearing and the integrity of protective sleeve coating of cable bolts, Naj Aziz, Ali Mirzaghorbanali, and Matthew Holden

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Single shear testing of various cable bolts used in Australian mines, Naj Aziz, Owen Rink, Haleh Rasekh, Ellie Hawkins, Ali Mirzaghorbanali, Guanyu Yang, Saman Khaleghparast, Kenneth Mills, Jan Nemcik, and Xuwei Li

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A comparison between resin and a cementitious material in the grouting of cable bolts, Prabhdeep Singh Bajwa, Paul Hagan, and Danqi Li

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Assessing the reactivity of pyrite, Basil Beamish and Jan Theiler

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How relevant are engineering samples in the management of personal dust exposure?, Bharath Belle

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Control and management of gas emissions to reduce production delays and fugitive emissions, Dennis Black

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Outburst thresholds – misconceptions, criticisms and context, Mark Blanch

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Managing occupational health in the mining industry, David Cliff, Jill Harris, Carmel Bofinger, and Danellie Lynas

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Experience of monitoring shear movements in the overburden strata around longwall panels, Luc Daigle and Ken Mills

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Importance of ergonomic application for the improvement of coal productivity in mines, Netai Chandra Dey, Shibaji Ch Dey, and Gourab Dhara Sharma

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Hume coal – An overview, Rod Doyle and Ben Fitzsimmons

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Fundamental principles of an effective reinforcing roof bolting strategy in horizontally layered roof strata and three areas of potential improvement, Russell Firth, Guy Reed, and Martin McKinnon

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New advances in mine site gas analysis using gas chromatographs, Lauren Forrester, Yet-Hong Lim, and Inga Usher

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Connectivity of mining induced fractures below longwall panels: A modelling approach, Yvette Heritage, Winton Gale, and Adrian Rippon

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How to plan a safe and successful permeability test program in coal seams, Alberto Kamenar, Gelber Taco, and Jeff Edgoose

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Effects of front abutments around multiple seam mining operations, Cihan Kayis and Mehmet Siddik Kizil

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System for creation and display of 3D maps of coal mines, Tomas Kot, Petr Novak, and Jan Babjak

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Strength properties of grout for strata reinforcement, Dean Majoor, Ali Mirzaghorbanali, and Naj Aziz

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Mechanical direct shear tests of cables – combined stress relationships, Kent McTyer and David William Evans

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Roof support and roadway serviceability assessment using beam-column principles, Terry Medhurst and Peter De Roma

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Development of the ANZI strain cell for three dimensional in situ stress determinations in deep exploration boreholes, Ken Mills and Jesse Puller

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Insights into the mechanics of multi-seam subsidence from Ashton underground mine, Ken Mills and Stephen Wilson

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A new indirect method for evaluation of the swelling potential of argillaceous rocks, Mahdi Moosavi and Hasan Samani

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A case study illustration of the layout and support in an Indian coal mine with difficult roof condition where continuous miner is in operation, Sudipta Mukhopadhyay and Satish Sharma

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Review of oxygen deficiency requirements for graham’s ratio, Sean Muller, Larry Ryan, Jeremy Hollyer, and Snezana Bajic

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Telerescuer - reconnaissance mobile robot for underground coal mines, Petr Novak, Jan Babjak, Tomas Kot, Zdenko Bobovský, Petr Olivka, Wojciech Moczulski, Anna Timofiejczuk, Marek Adamczyk, Borja Genoves Guzman, Ana Gaecia Armada, and Angel Rodriguez

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Experimental and numerical investigation of injection of coal washery waste into longwall goaf, Zongyi Qin and Baotang Shen

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Double shear testing of cable bolts with no concrete face contacts, Haleh Rasekh, Naj Aziz, Ali Mirzaghorbanali, Jan Nemcik, Xuwei Li, Guanyu Yang, and Saman Khaleghparast

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An assessment of coal pillar system stability criteria based on a mechanistic evaluation of the interaction between coal pillars and the overburden, Guy Reed and Russell Frith

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Underground coal mine gas monitoring emergency preparation, Larry Ryan and Martin Watkinson

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A study of potential occurrence of biogenic methane in coal seams, Abouna Saghafi, Kaydy Pinetown, and David Midgley

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Finite difference modelling in underground coal mine roadway, Ali Akbar Sahebi and Hossein Jalalifar

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The case for developing an Australian technical specification for structural design of ventilation control devices, Michael salu and Verne Mutton

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Incorporating mine seismicity and coal burst considerations into a strata failure management plan for coal mine roadways, Ross Seedsman

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Variation in anchorage performance of a high capacity modified bulb cable bolt under differing conditions in a weak confining medium, Dishabjit Singh, Paul Hagan, and Danqi Li

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Estimate of the optimum horizontal well depth for gas drainage using a numerical method in the tabas coal mine, Adel Taheri and Farhang Sereshki

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Quantifying the creep behaviour of polyester resin and grout, Jacobus Johan van der Schyff

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A preliminary study of dynamic failures in laboratory tests, Qiyu Wang, Chengguo Zhang, and Ismet Canbulat

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The effect of water saturation in sandstone and limestone samples on disc cutting performance, Samarth Yadav and Paul Hagan

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Impact of bedding plane and laminations on softening zone around the roadways – 3D numerical assessment, Mahdi Zoorabadi and Marzieh Rajabi