Technical Program - Outline

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2015 Technical Program

Using Advanced Underground Techniques to Mine Coal Safely and Efficiently

Session 1: Health & Safety
Tuesday, June 16, 9-11:30 a.m.

An Improved Longwall Water Directional Spray System
By James P. Rider, NIOSH
MSHA’s Best Practices for Controlling Respirable Dust on Longwalls
By Deborah M. Tomko, Chief, Environmental Assessment and Contaminant Control Branch, MSHA
Field Level Risk Assessment - A Safety Culture
By Rowdy Heiser, Manager Health/Safety, Solvay Essential Chemicals, North America Green River, Wyoming, and Joe A. Vendetti, Manager Mining Operations, Solvay Essential Chemicals, North America Green River, Wyoming
Risk Management in Longwall Operations—A Comparison of the CORESafety Approach with U.S. Statutory Requirements
By Thomas A. Hethmon, Associate Professor and Western Mining Presidential Chair of Mine Safety, Mining Engineering Department, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah, and Michael G. Nelson, Professor and Chair, Mining Engineering Department, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Session 2: Update on Policy and Technology
Tuesday, June 16, 2-4 p.m.

Australian Mining Challenges and Opportunities and our place in the International Arena
By George Schuller, COO, Peabody Energy Australia
Variable Speed Drives on Armored Face Conveyors
By Gareth Rimmington, Principal Engineer, Joy Global
Developments with Proximity Detection for Longwall Mining
By Mark Jones, Automation Engineer - Caterpillar Global Mining, Material Handling & Underground Business Unit

Session 3: Longwall Operations Design & Management
Wednesday, June 17, 2015, 9:-11 a.m.

Modern Longwall Mining in the Illinois Basin
By Dwayne Francisco, COO, Foresight Energy
Signal Peak Energy’s Pre-developed Longwall Recovery Room 
By Brad Hanson, CEO, Signal Peak Energy
CONSOL Energy Integrates the Harvey Mine into the Bailey Complex
By Barry Miller,Vice President Engineering-Coal Division, CONSOL Energy

Keynote Luncheon and Presentation of the Longwall USA Top Performer Awards

The Changing Political Landscape in Washington and Its Impact on U.S. Coal
By Hal Quinn, President & CEO, National Mining Association

Session 4: Panel Discussion—Where We Are, and Where We Go From Here?
Wednesday, June 17, 2015, 2-3:30 p.m.

Moderator: Harry Martin, International Longwall Mining Expert

Session 5: Removing Production Impediments
Thursday, June 18, 9-11:30 a.m.

Simulation Based Continuous Miner Production Training
By Joey Kennedy, Senior Training Instructor/K9 Handler- Alpha Natural Resources
Longwall Setup & Recovery Advances Gained Through Independent Coal Mining Specialists
By Dave Marcum, Longwall Coordinator, GMS Mine Repair and Maintenance
Gas Issues-From the Legal Perspective
By Andrew Chumney, Esq, Peacock Keller
Comprehensive Longwall Degasification and MagneStar MWDTM
By Matt Yearsley, Operations Manager-Target Drilling
Degasification and Ventilation of Superwide Longwall Faces in the Pittsburgh Coal Seam
By Dr. Pramod Thakur, Manager Coal Degasification Group, Murray Energy Corp., Morgantown, WV

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