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Monday 24th October 2016

Day One | Day Two

8:30 Registration & Morning Coffee

8:50 OPENING | Opening remarks from the Chairperson

Lucy Flemming, Managing Director/CEO, Coal Services

9:00 KEYNOTE | Industry Keynote Address

Mick Buffier, Chairman, World Coal Association


9:40 The Competitive Position of Australian Coal on the Seaborne Market

  • Where are the major markets for Australian coal
  • How competitive are Australian longwalls
  • The cost position of Australian longwalls globally

Lloyd Hain, Research Manager - Coal, AME Group

10:10 The Thermal Coal Industry - Is longwall mining a viable option in Australia?

  • Review of current capital and operating costs against pre-boom cost structures.
  • Hypothetical Margins Analysis on a new longwall project and capital cost barriers to entry.
  • Current coal prices, where we are today and what does the future hold. Thoughts and recommendations.

Trephon Stambolie, AusIMM(CP), Principal Mining Engineer, Mine Advice

10:40 Networking and refreshment break

11:10 CASE STUDY | Longwall Move at North Goonyella

Mike Carter, General Manager and SSE - North Goonyella Coal Mine, Peabody Energy
Neville Impson, LTCC Manager - North Goonyella Coal Mine, Peabody Energy

11:50 Delta SBD Perspectives and experiences

Neville McAlary, Chief Executive Officer, Delta SBD
Jim Richardson, General Manager- Northern Regions, Delta SBD

12:30 Lunch and networking break

Afternoon Chairperson

Wayne Diemar, Project Director, HunterNet


13:30 Black lung in Queensland coal miners - Review of the Medical Assessment Scheme

  • The purpose of Scheme
  • Nominated Medical Advisers who perform the medicals
  • Who should have a Chest X-ray under the scheme?
  • Findings of a review of sample Chest X-rays
  • Findings of a review of sample Spirometry
  • Existing Queensland medical capacity
  • Other aspects of the review eg the form design
  • Dust Exposure standards
  • Review of exposure limits around the world

Deborah Glass, Associate Professor, Monash University

14:10 Dust monitoring in NSW - key learnings from the coal face

This presentation will challenge the concept that dust management and associated compliance equals loss of productivity. It will reflect on the NSW coal industry’s ‘dust’ story so far, and include risk profiling showing the trends, compliance and contributing factors to exceedances from the collective NSW data. The presentation will also explore key learnings from this data, and how it directs operator positioning considerations and evidence-based risk mitigation strategies for mine management both now, and into the future.

Key topics covered:

  • Health monitoring in NSW - what’s working and why
  • The role of regulation and monitoring
  • Independent reviews of health systems and processes and key learnings
  • NSW approach to dust monitoring
  • Overview of airborne dust monitoring results from 2015
  • Exposure profiles, exceedances and contributing factors
  • Worker education

Lucy Flemming, Managing Director/CEO, Coal Services
Mark Shepherd, Occupational Hygiene and Compliance Manager, Coal Services

14:50 Dust monitoring: sourcing information and communicating risk

The “re-emergence” of coal mine worker pneumoconiosis in the Queensland coal mining industry has resulted in community and industry focus on respirable dust exposures and controls. The presentation will look at the challenges of obtaining detailed relevant information, accurate data and the effective communication of risk. Discussion points include:

  • Occupational Hygiene Exposure Assessment Programs
  • Worker behaviours towards occupational hygiene sampling
  • Common limitations for on-site hygienists
  • Level of detail required from workers to effectively assess factors influencing their exposure
  • Importance of communication and engagement between occupational hygienists and site representatives
  • Data review, interpretations and investigation processes

Anne Kelly, Health Safety & Environmental Scientist, Simtars

15:20 Networking and refreshment break

15:50 CASE STUDY | Real-time Gravimetric Personal Monitoring of Respirable Dust

  • Understanding limitations of current respirable dust sampling technologies
  • Examining the benefits of TEOM technology and the PDM3700
  • Viewing the path forward for the PDM3700

Jordan Taylor, Projects Superintendent, Anglo American

16:20 Mining Automation: from here to there

  • Recent technology advances in automation
  • Mining challenges and opportunities
  • R&D technology roadmap
  • Future integrated mining ecosystems

Dr Jonathon Ralston, Integrated Mining Team Leader, Principal Research Engineer, CSIRO Energy Flagship


16:40 CASE STUDY | Longwall Electrics: lessons learned from the commissioning of a $20million longwall electrical

  • Mine Electrical Project outlook
  • Innovative features and technology applications
  • Increasing coal output and reducing maintenance time: result analysis
  • Challenges
  • The change management process required for Becker Equipment

Carl Arboit, Chief Technology Officer, Becker Mining Australia

17:20 Conclusions of the first Day of the Conference

17:30 Networking drinks


The Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley will host the gala dinner once again this year: a great opportunity to enjoy the great produces and wines the Hunter Valley has to offer.

Tuesday 25th October 2016

Day One | Day Two

8:30 Morning coffee

8:50 OPENING | Opening Remarks from the Chairperson

Dr Jonathon Ralston, Integrated Mining Team Leader, Principal Research Engineer, CSIRO Energy Flagship

9:00 CASE STUDY | Chain Valley Operation

Peter Ross, Managing Director, LDO Group and Managing Director, LakeCoal


9:30 Complex power line networks for mobile machines

  • Power line communications (PLC) technology uses the conductors of the electrical supply to carry EtherNet data.
  • Whereas traditional installations were limited to point-to-point PLC links, advances in PLC allow complex topologies to be deployed as part of the site’s data network.
  • This presentation will give an overview of the drivers, challenges and solutions for the recent installation of a complex PLC network in an underground coal mine tunnel development.

Dr Douglas Carter, R&D Engineer, Nautitech

10:00 Integrated Production Management System: MOS, Process KPI Measurement and Paperless Real Time Reporting

  • How the MCS ProdMate® System has evolved in Australian and International applications

Jack Steenekamp, Managing Director, MCS Australia

10:30 Networking and refreshment break


11:00 Mining Proximity Detection: How can we improve device interoperability?

  • The need for a common framework
  • Enabling interoperability through standardisation
  • Existing and emerging standards: SAE J1939 and LISCA

Dr Mark Dunn, Principal Research Engineer, CSIRO

11:30 Conveyor Idler Bearing Wear Detection Using Fibre Optic Acoustic Technology

Mining3 has been carrying out research into the use of fibre optic cables to pick up acoustic signals along the length of a conveyor belt. This approach allows the collection of acoustic signals in 1-metre sections over several kilometres of conveyor simultaneously. Thus the acoustic signals can be accumulated over several minutes, sufficient to obtain a high signal-to-noise ratio. A frequency plot of each section can be examined, either visually or semi-automatically in order to measure the state of wear in each idler frame and the signature frequencies of bearings close to complete failure can be detected. One advantage is that the acoustic signatures of a complete conveyor can be transmitted to a city office via the internet on the day of collection and can be examined there by a conveyor specialist.

Dr Paul Wilson, Principal Electrical Engineer, Mining3

12:00 A Review of Longwall Chain Integrity

  • Introduction of longwall chain and failure history
  • Failure mechanisms explained
  • Case studies

Cindy Liu, Senior Consultant Metallurgist, Bureau Veritas

12:30 Lunch and networking break

Afternoon Chair

Dr Paul Wilson, Principal Electrical Engineer, Mining3

13:30 ACARP PROJECT | Improving Cavity Prediction on Longwall Faces through a combination of reliable convergence, canopy attitude and leg pressure monitoring

  • Project objective: develop reliable convergence triggers that could predict the on-set of roof control problems
  • How understanding of shield-strata interaction is possible from shield convergence measurements: learnings from tilt sensors measurements tested at Austar and Narrabri mines
  • Extension project to gain data from additional sites and result analysis of convergence triggers found
  • Analysis, hypothesis and conclusions

Dr Bob Trueman, Principal Mining Engineer, Golder Associates

14:10 Diesel Particulate Matter reduction

  • NSW EPA mandating DPM reduction of 25% for all mines as of 1 January 2019
  • August 2106, FPT Laboratory results prove DPM reduced by in excess of 45% with no increase in NOx with reduced operational costs.
  • July 2016,Peabody’s North Goonyella mine successfully completed a trail that reduced fuel burn by 26% for their generators for SIS gas drainage.

Brook Picken, General Manager, Fuel Plus Technologies Australia

14:40 CLOSING | Closing remarks from the Chairperson


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