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Longwall 2018

THE Meeting Place for Australia’s Longwall Mining Operators

31 Oct – 01 Nov 2018 | Crowne Plaza, Hunter Valley

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Embracing Automation, Innovation & Safety

In 2017 we focused on the ‘grass roots’ of our industry – celebrating achievements and productivity. Building on this, and on the back of green shoots seen across the international coal markets, we are looking to the future once more.

Longwall 2018 will be Embracing Automation, Innovation & Safety; bringing together everyone from graduate engineers, to operators, industry stalwarts and leading innovators to share their ideas, challenges, wisdom and successes. With a focus on case studies and operator stories, no matter how big or small your operation is, Longwall 2018 will be the industry gathering for shared learning across the underground coal mining sector.

2018 Key Themes

  • Automation – Case studies on implementation, lessons learned and remote operations
  • Maintenance – New developments and improvements in predictive maintenance
  • Fatigue Management – New techniques to maximise productivity and safety
  • Education & Training – From recruitment to staff redevelopment
  • The Dust Conversation – The latest updates on this ever-present issue
  • Future Tech – What’s in the R&D pipeline and what we can expect from future systems
  • Hearts & Minds – Culture as a barrier to change and the biggest hurdle for automation
  • Operator Insights – How your peers are innovating and maximising both safety and productivity


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A Mine Managers Association of Australia (MMAA) Endorsed, CPD Event





Jason Economidis

Vice President Operations, South32 Illawarra Coal

Richard Livingstone-Blevins

Chief Operating Officer, Fitzroy Resources

Lee Davis

Global Director, Controls and Automation, Komatsu Mining

Matt Way

Production Manager - Oaky North, Glencore Coal Queensland

Mac Powolny

General Manager, Nautitech Mining Systems

Alex Tonks

Head of Australia, Consulting, CRU

Simon Thomas

Longwall Superintendent, South32 Illawarra Coal

David Sykes

General Manager, Growth and Strategy, Mastermyne

Dr Jonathon Ralston

Integrated Mining Team Leader, CSIRO Energy

John Phillips

Ventilation Specialist - Oaky North, Glencore Coal Queensland

Michael Goodfellow

Longwall Automation Production A&I, South32 Illawarra Coal

Lauris Hemmings

Technology Superintendent – Oaky North, Glencore

Murray Bell

Business Development & Engineering Manager, Nautitech Mining Systems

Bede Boyle

Director, Coal Ventures Ltd

Greg Mattila

Director, Mattila Pty Ltd

Steve Wilson

SBW Mining

Michael Minns

Founder and Principal, Michael Minns Human Resources

Associate Professor Clare Anderson

Alertness CRC

Corey Potter

Superintendent Process Control and Automation, South32 Illawarra Coal

Lou Caruana

Editor, International Coal News

Kevin Parsons

Longwall Commercial Manager, Caterpillar

Dr Thierry Peynot

Associate Professor, QUT & program Director, Mining3

Killian Grennell

Director, Ipsum Mining Pty Ltd

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when & where

31 Oct - 01 Nov 2018

We have secured a number of rooms at the Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley for the nights of the 30 October – 1 November inclusive.

To book this rate online, click here or call the Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley in house reservations team direct on (02) 4991 0970 (Mon-Fri, 8am-6pm) and quote ‘Longwall Conference’ to make your reservation.

Room rates are subject to availability unless sold out prior.

Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley
430 Wine Country Dr
Lovedale NSW 2325
Tel: (02) 4991 0000


Still have a question?

Nicholas Mayfield
Conference Research Manager
02 9080 4477

Megan Rogulski
Sponsorship Manager
02 9080 4030

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