Technical Program - Outline

2017 Technical Program

(As of June 8, 2017.  Subject to change.)

Session I: Equipment and Life-cycle Improvements
(Tuesday, June 13, 9:00-11:30 a.m.)

First Chinese Shields in the US at the Oak Grove Mine
By Don Simms, president and CEO, United Mining Equipment
Transformation/Repurposing of Face Equipment
By Jacob Smith, engineering manager, Sufco mine, Bowie Resources
Using a Dealer Network to Support Longwall Mining
By Bill Powell, general manager, CB Mining
Case Study: Extending the Life of Longwall Roof Supports Through the Use of Life Cycle Testing Management Plan 
by Allan Black, Joy Global and  Janse Van Rensburg, Anglo American-South Africa

Session II: Health & Safety
(Tuesday, June 13, 2:00-4:30 p.m.)

How Can the CPDM Affect Miners’ Knowledge and Control of Respirable Dust Exposure?
By Emily J. Haas, Ph.D., research behavior scientist, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
Longwall Automation: Making Mining Safer Through Technology
By Adam Zamora , automation specialist, Westmoreland Coal, and Jack D. Trackemas, branch chief, ground control branch, NIOSH
Evaluation of Noise Controls for Longwall Cutting Drums
By Joe Defibaugh, engineer-dust and ventilation, Komatsu Mining Corp.; Hugo E. Camargo, principal engineer, NOISH; and Lynn A. Alcorn, engineering technician, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Applications of a Scaled Aerodynamic Model for Simulations of Airflows in a Longwall Mine
By Vasu Gangrade, mining engineer, NIOSH; Samuel Harteis, lead mining engineer, NIOSH; and J.D. Addis, research scientist, NIOSH
Controlling Dust Concentration at a Longwall Face Through Application of a Flooded-bed Scrubber to a Longwall Shearer
By Sampurna Arya, University of Kentucky; William Chad Wedding, University of Kentucky; Thomas Novak, University of Kentucky; and James P. Rider, NIOSH

Session III: Mine Development & Planning
(Wednesday, June 14, 9:00-11:00 a.m.)

Monster Wall
By Christopher Popp, shift supervisor, Enlow Fork mine, CNX Coal Resources; Jamie Wilson, lead shift maintenance foreman, Enlow Fork mine, CNX Coal Resources; and Andrew Yackuboskey, longwall section foreman, Enlow Fork mine, CNX Coal Resources
Ultra-length Longwall Panels: Critical Factors and Issues
By Robert Ochsner, chief engineer, Signal Peak Energy
Longwall Top Coal Caving at the Broadmeadow Mine
By Matt Jones, longwall superintendent Broadmeadow mine, BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA); Kevin Meyer, longwall maintenance superintendent, Broadmeadow mine; and Brett Moule, longwall applications, Cat Global Mining
Overview of Current U.S. Longwall Gateroad Support Practices
By Morgan M. Sears, Ph.D., mining engineer, ground control branch, NIOSH; Ihsan B. Tulu, Ph.D., associate service fellow, NIOSH, Pittsburgh Mining Research Division; and Gabriel Esterhuizen, Ph.D., senior scientist, NIOSH, Pittsburgh Mining Research Division

Keynote/Longwall USA Top Performers Awards
(Wednesday, June 14, Noon-1:00 p.m.)

Keynote Presentation: A New Era for Mining Begins to Take Shape in Washington
Keynote Speaker: Hal Quinn, president and CEO, National Mining Association (NMA)

Session IV: Panel Discussion-Industry Advocates
(Wednesday, June 14, 1:00-3:00 p.m.)

Moderators: Steve Fiscor, editor-in-chief, Coal Age, and William S. Tate, private mining and energy consultant
Rick Parkins, vice president, operations planning & support, Bowie Resources
Joe Vendetti, mine operations superintendent, Solvay Chemicals

Session V: Operating Efficiencies
(Thursday, June 15, 9:00-11:00 a.m.)

Improved Safety and Increases in Performance and Productivity Through the Implementation of a Longwall Proximity System and the Use of Smart, Connected LW Products
By Rudie Boshoff, global director, Lifecycle Management and JoySmart Solutions, Komatsu Mining Corp.
Improved Safety and Productivity Through the Use of Advanced Shearer Automation at Tunnel Ridge
By Rob Colaw, longwall maintenance coordinator, Tunnel Ridge mine, Alliance Resource Partners, and Eric Anderson, general manager, Tunnel Ridge mines, Alliance Resource Partners
Financial Advantage of Utilizing Contractors to Perform Longwall Moves
By Dave Stone, director, TerraCom Ltd., and Ray Chadwick, director, RC Mining Services
Protect Your Lift Leg Pockets, Protect Yourself & Your Pockets 
By J. Adam Lyman, application engineer, Henkel 

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