Monday, May 20, 2019

Session 1: Advanced Technology

Monday, 9:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m.

Keynote Address 

Monday (9 a.m.-9:30 a.m.) 

Coal Exports and its Influence on World Markets

 Ernie Thrasher , CEO, Xcoal Energy & Resources 

Operating Experience With Longwall Face Alignment and Horizon Control Systems

Rob Colaw, longwall manager, Alliance Resource Partners


The Positives and Negatives of Operating Longwalls From the Surface

Peter Henderson, engineering manager for underground operations, Glencore Australia 


Operating a Fully Mechanized Face Remotely From a Control Room in China

Benfu Yan, Guizhou Zhongyi Jincaiqian Mining Group Co. Ltd


Using Dynamic Elemental Modeling for AFCs and Drums

Daniel Sharpe, longwall mining engineer, Komatsu Mining

Workshop No. 1

Monday, 2 p.m.–4 p.m.

Preparing Miners and Responders for Emergency Decision-Making

Launa Mallett, Angela LaFollette, and Blaine Connor, NIOSH, Pittsburgh Mining Research Division

The workshop instructors will demonstrate a computer-based training product for emergency decision-making. Using seven separate escape scenarios based on actual events, workshop participants will work through situations where decisions must be made. At every decision point there are four options to rate in terms of how likely each is to protect the escaping miners.  After finishing a scenario, trainees can compare their scores to those of subject matter experts. The trainers will discuss how the product was developed, the response from initial trainees, and ways it can be used for emergency response training. 

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Session 2: Health & Safety

Tuesday, 9 a.m.–11:30 a.m.

Personal Longwall Proximity Detection

Todd Moore, general manager of safety, CONSOL Energy, and Craig Dickerson, assistant superintendent, Bailey mine, CONSOL Energy


A Laboratory Investigation of Underside Shield Sprays to Improve Longwall Water Directional Spray System

James P. Rider and Scott S. Klima, NIOSH, Pittsburgh Mining Research Division


Using Safety Climate Trends in the Coal Industry to Improve the Identification and Use of Leading Indicators

Emily J. Haas and Cassandra L. Hoebbel, NIOSH, Pittsburgh Mining Research Division


Using Seismicity to Locate Trapped Miners

Max Clark, U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration


Influence of Longwall Mining on the Stability of Shale Gas Wells in Barrier Pillars

Peter Zhang and Daniel Su, NIOSH, Pittsburgh Mining Research Division, and Jun Lu, CONSOL Energy

Workshop No. 2

Tuesday, 2 p.m.–4 p.m.

Competency-Based Self-Escape Training and Assessment

Maggie Ryan, NIOSH, Pittsburgh, Mining Research Division

Through its Self-Escape Study, NIOSH has identified the knowledge, skills and abilities critical to self-escape that all miners must have. It has also developed a set of competency profiles for self-escape, including task performance criteria for four different employee roles (escape group leader, responsible person, face crew and outby workers). Underground coal operators can use these materials to aid in the development of standardized, competency-based self-escape training and assessment program. This workshop will review NIOSH research and offer fresh ideas on how to develop and implement competency-based training and assessment procedures for their operations.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Session 3: Development & Logistics

Wednesday, 9 a.m.–11 a.m.

The Autonomous Shuttle Car

Zach Agioutantis, professor, University of Kentucky


Rapid Entry Longwall Development With FCTs and a 14ED at the Marion County Mine

Ryan Murray, COO, Murray Energy Corp.


Rapid Longwall Panel Development Using FCT and a Boring Machine 

David Rea, mine engineer, Solvay


Using Contractors to Move Longwalls

Josh Helbig, GMS Mine Repair & Maintenance