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Longwall 2024

THE Meeting Place for Australia’s Underground Coal Mining Operators

12-13 March 2024 | Rydges Resort Hunter Valley

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Join us for the 22nd Annual Australian Longwall Mining Conference in 2024 for a return to the Nation’s only gathering for elite underground coal miners. Longwall 2024 offers unique face-to-face networking and shared learning that has come to define the event – alongside in-depth case studies, learnings, and technical insights.

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Topics will include:

  • Outlook and updates from longwall operations
  • Automation, remote operations, and data science to deliver further safety in longwall operations
  • The latest safety initiatives in the industry and key learnings
  • Productivity improvements to enhance tonnage
  • Gas management for Longwall production and gas drainage advancements
  • Bord and pillar operation
  • Dust Control
  • Best practice longwall moves
  • Ventilation
  • Skilling the future
  • New technology and its application


David Stubbins

Longwall Superintendent, BHP Mitsubishi Alliance

David McCloskey

Business Development Manager, NAUTITECH®

Duane Witkowski

Automation Engineer, Glencore Coal - Oaky Creek

Daniel Becker

Automation Engineer, Glencore Coal - Oaky Creek

Colin Hoyle

Engineering Superintendent (EEM), Glencore Coal - Oaky Creek

Toby Prince

Senior Asset Management Engineer, Ashton Coal Operations Pty Ltd

Brent Woodford

Longwall Maintenance Superintendent, BHP Mitsubishi Alliance

Richard Livingstone-Blevins

Director, Talisman Partners

Brett Hogno

Automation Engineer, Anglo American

Matt Lynam

Longwall Automation Engineer, Anglo American – Aquila

Andrew Harrison

Longwall Asset Management Engineer, Ashton Coal Operations Pty Ltd

Dr David Meredith

Head of Medicine, Coal Services

Dr. Fiona Mavroudis

Head of Application Engineering, Eickhoff Bergbautechnik GmbH

Dr. Johannes Krings

Senior Vice President Region E4A (Europe, Asia, Australia, America, Africa), Eickhoff Bergbautechnik GmbH

Dr Andrew Strange

Principal Research Engineer, CSIRO Mineral Resources

Rory Simington

Principal Analyst, Asia Pacific Thermal Coal Research, Wood Mackenzie

Matthew Jurak

Operations Superintendent, Grosvenor Mine

Wayne Price

Executive General Manager, Mastermyne Pty Ltd

John Rowland

Director, Dallas Mining Services

Matthew Wakeford

Underground Coal Automation Specialist, Anglo American

Luke Dyer

CEO, Principal Engineer, Quantum Engineering & Consulting Group

Anthony De Domenico

Vice President Technical Development, Coronado Global Resources

Brad Hammond

Project Director, Talisman

Daniel Grundy

Senior Engineer (BEng, CPEng, NER, RPEQ, APEC), GRT – Global Road Technology, TotalEnergies

Björn-Martin Rathke

Product & Business Developer HFA / HFC-E, TotalEnergies

Luke Coleman

Automation Engineer, Centennial Coal - Mandalong

Ben Lewis

Managing Director, OneKey Resources

Royce Tronc

Group Manager for Mining, OneKey Resources

Ron Vasey

Director, Longwall Mining System, Komatsu

Darryl Parry

Business Manager – Mining & Crushing, Komatsu

Wikus Louw

National Training Manager, Komatsu

Marc Grayson

Education Manager, Mines Rescue, Coal Services

Lucas Eyers

Business Manager, Stellar Recruitment


9:00 am

OPENING | Opening remarks from the Chair

Richard Livingstone-Blevins, Director, Talisman Partners

9:35 am

  • Procurement of low height longwall
  • Implementation of a remote longwall system
  • Digital infrastructure
  • Lessons learned through the process
  • Goals for the future

10:00 am

  • How is Komatsu positioning themselves to continue supporting the coal industry.
  • How Australia is driving innovative technology.
  • Product improvement & collaboration

10:30 am

Networking and refreshment break

11:00 am

11:25 am

  • Coal is and remains a key pillar of the global energy markets
  • New technical possibilities will take longwall mining to a new level
  • How will Eickhoff position itself as an OEM of critical equipment in terms of products and related services in the future?

11:45 am

Big changes in lung monitoring and management of mine workers

Dr David Meredith, Head of Medicine, Coal Services

12:05 pm


12:35 pm

Lunch and networking break

1:35 pm

Ventilation Impost of Homotropal L/W Conveyors

John Rowland, Director, Dallas Mining Services

2:25 pm


2:45 pm

Longwall relocation starts with proper planning and efficient utilisation of equipment.

Vehicle data such as machine availability, engine hours, engine condition, acceleration, brake pattern and road conditions collected from RTVs may assist with efficient planning of the longwall relocation fleet.

3:00 pm

Mammoth Underground, initially a three unit Bord and Pillar operation, has been identified as a significant extension opportunity for the Curragh mining complex and is in line with Coronado’s strategy for organic growth and being a global leader in supplying the world with steel making coal. Our Underground team is approaching the operation with a commitment to excellence in all aspects of mining, and through our people, will deliver a benchmark operation underpinned by the highest standards of safety, productivity, sustainability, and innovation. With first coal targeted in December 2024, the team is full steam ahead in developing an exciting addition to the Coronado portfolio.

3:20 pm

Networking and refreshment break

3:50 pm

  • About HFA fluids (norms and specifications)
  • What do you know about your longwall fluid?
  • Hydransafe product range (products and approvals)

4:00 pm

Session to be advised

Ben Lewis, Managing Director, OneKey Resources

Royce Tronc, Group Manager for Mining, OneKey Resources

4:20 pm

PANEL DISCUSSION | Advancing/ Accelerating Entry Development (Continuous Miner) Automation

Matthew Wakeford, Underground Coal Automation Specialist, Anglo American

Luke Dyer, CEO, Principal Engineer, Quantum Engineering & Consulting Group

Darryl Parry, Business Manager – Mining & Crushing, Komatsu

5:00 pm

Closing remarks from the Chair

5:05 pm

SPONSOR ADDRESS | Networking Drinks

6:30 pm

Longwall Conference Dinner – Join us for one of the traditional highlights of this conference. Catch up with colleagues and friends in a relaxed environment

9:00 am

OPENING | Opening remarks from the Chair

Kevin Parsons, Longwall Commercial Manager, Caterpillar

9:10 am

  • China’s insatiable appetite
  • Decarbonisation versus energy security
  • Will 2024 be peak coal?
  • Cost increases and prices – some key signposts

9:30 am

  • Identifying underperforming Longwall Assets.
  • Process of increasing the reliability of longwall assets to increase production hours.
  • Hurdles and benefits of increasing reliability.
  • Moving forward with increasing the reliability of longwall assets.

9:55 am

  • Gas monitoring and management
  • Gas drainage operations -pre and post drainage
  • Spontaneous combustion management
  • Longwall Remote Operations

10:15 am

Dr Strange will present an overview of CSIRO’s latest automation and remote operations research for Longwall and Roadway Development along with the new research model utilised to deliver these outcomes.

  • Work package model utilised for flexible research delivery
  • Offline drivage monitoring to improve roadway alignment
  • Gate end face alignment for LASC longwall automation
  • Automated BSL steering
  • Other ongoing research activities

10:40 am

  • An introduction on technology developed and independently tested shown to deliver excellent results for capturing hazardous dusts such as coal and silica dusts prevalent in underground mine environments.
  • In dynamic situations such as longwall and development mining where the dust is generated in large volumes, and at high speed, spraying water can be counter-productive.
  • This presentation will discuss the pros and cons of water and dust suppressant agents used in underground mining.

10:50 am

Networking and refreshment break

11:15 am

SESSION CHAIR | Marc Grayson, Education Manager, Mines Rescue, Coal Services

11:20 am

TECHNOLOGY SHOWCASE | Past, Present and Future: Eickhoff’s path forward in Longwall Automation

Dr. Fiona Mavroudis, Head of Application Engineering, Eickhoff Bergbautechnik GmbH

11:30 am

  • Where it all started
  • Where we are at (Multifunctional Training Tools)
  • What does the future look like

11:45 am


12:00 pm

  • Importance of upskilling and reskilling the workforce
  • Continuous learning and development programs
  • Use of emerging technologies such as automation and artificial intelligence
  • Attracting and retaining talent in the mining industry
  • Strategies to address the skills gap
  • Promoting diversity and inclusion in the workforce

12:40 pm

Closing remarks from the Chair

12:50 pm



Packages Price
Package(Two Days)$3550+GST
Extras Price
Conference dinner $195+GST

Sponsorship & Exhibition Opportunities

Connect with your industry colleagues at the 22nd Annual Longwall Conference. This well-established industry conference is the key meeting place for underground coal professionals from Qld and NSW to come together to share learnings, network with their peers, exchange experiences, and catch up with colleagues old and new.

This event is a great occasion to get together as an industry and share essential learnings. The conference dinner is a fantastic opportunity for the industry to converge in the Hunter Valley, in addition to arranging meetings, attending the conference, and enjoying the many other networking opportunities.

To see what is on offer please contact:

Megan Rogulski
Sponsorship Manager
T: 02 9080 4334

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ConnectMe • Networking enhanced

All of our events utilise a bespoke dynamic smartphone app, ConnectMe – which guarantees attendees a premium event experience. Logins are sent prior to the conference commencement allowing you to check who’s attending, schedule in meetings and catch ups, participate in live Q+A and interactive polls, and much more. ConnectMe ensures you never miss a beat prior, during and post event.

Event Code of Conduct

We want everyone who comes to our events to have a great experience. This code explains our expectations and rules, which includes general good practice behaviour, and how to report anything witnessed or experienced that goes against them. Read our Event Code of Conduct here.

when & where

12 - 13 Mar 2024

Rydges Resort Hunter Valley
430 Wine Country Dr,
Lovedale NSW 2325
(02) 4991 0000

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Still have a question?

Aya Mersal
Conference Manager
(02) 9080 4338

Megan Rogulski
Sponsorship Manager
(02) 9080 4334

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