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This conference paper was originally published as Ward, B and Downs, M, Gateroad Development in Thick Seams Using the Joy Sump Shearer, in Aziz, N (ed), Coal 1998: Coal Operators' Conference, University of Wollongong & the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy, 1998, 505-515.


The use of a cutting machine designed to allow simultaneous cutting and setting of roof supports has numerous advantages few development roads in coalmines. The use of such a machine with the added ability to cut a curved roof profile is of considerable interest for longwall development in thick coal.