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Conference Paper

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Publication Details

Scott Adam and Joel Kok, Application of Continuous Drilling Technologies in Coal Mining, 15th Coal Operators' Conference, University of Wollongong, The Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy and Mine Managers Association of Australia, 2015, 249-258.


CRCMining’s unique Tight Radius Drilling technology has recently demonstrated highly productive continuous drilling in a Bowen Basin coal formation. The system has been demonstrated to be economically deployable and reliably operable by drilling contractors. A detailed overview of the system is presented, including a summary of the technology status in terms of technical performance, system productivity and stimulation cost. Investigation of the application of continuous drilling technology is currently being extended to underground in-seam (cross panel) drilling and rapid roof bolt hole drilling for long tendon support. An update on these ACARP/CRCMining co-funded research initiatives is presented.