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Safety, productivity and the right to operate are priorities for open cut mine research. We have supported work on an automated swing loading system for electric shovels, the science of rehabilitation and minimising mining impacts on neighbouring communities.


Highwall Mining (8 Reports)

Geomechanical Factors Affecting Highwall Mining

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C500701/05/1999
Author: Mary Duncan Fama, M Craig, M Coulthard | CSIRO Exploration & Mining, M A Coulthard & Associates

CSIRO has developed highwall mining design techniques suitable for australian conditions.

Because highwall mining is reliant on the self-supported capacity of the rock mass, highwall stability, pillar design and stability of unsupported spans are major ....  read more

 

Geotech Monitoring for Safety in Highwall Mining, German Creek Mine - Number C3053.1

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C305301/07/1996
Author: Ian Follington, Brett E Leisemann, Mary Duncan Fama, Baotang Shen | CSIRO Exploration & Mining

The success of highwall mining operations depends on

  • accurate prediction of roof strata behaviour in unsupported workings,
  • safe evaluation of highwall stability and pre-treatment, and
  • on a reliable method of pillar design to safeguard against collapse of the
 ....  read more

 

Highwall Hazard Mapping Project

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C903601/05/2004
Author: George Poropat, G Mamic | CSIRO Exploration & Mining

The objective of this project was to develop a system for mapping, assessment and visualisation of hazards associated with highwall structure and stability.

The project has produced:

  • an enhancement of methods of mapping and analysing highwall structure,
  • methods
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Highwall Mining Backfill

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C601401/10/1999
Author: Ian Clark, Graeme Boyd | The Minserve Group

This report studies the potential of using backfill to increase the coal recovery. It is developed from the premis that placed fill will provide pillars with additional confirming pressure thereby increasing both their load leaving capacity and stability.

Backfilling CHM entries using ....  read more

 

Improved Recovery in Highwall Mining Using Backfill

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C305226/06/1997
Author: Richard Hume | BFP Consultants, Barrett Fuller and Partners

This report presents the studies undertaken within ACARP project C3052, entitled 'Improved Recovery in Highwall Mining Using Backfill'.  The aims of the project are to examine current fill practice as it applies to highwall mining, to determine, at a conceptual study level, ....  read more

 

Monitoring Highwall Stability using Radar Interferometry

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C601501/10/2000
Author: David Noon, Glen Stickley, Bryan Reeves, Dennis Longstaff | University of Queensland

Slope stability is a critical safety and production issue for coal mines. For safety reasons, Mine Managers are required under statute law to regularly examine rock faces in active pits and assess the risk of slope failure. However, it is difficult to predict the progression to slope ....  read more

 

Monitoring of Roof Deformation and Delamination using Deep Hole Multi Point Extensometers

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C906901/06/2000
Author: Baotang Shen, Mary Duncan Fama, D Adhikary | CSIRO Exploration & Mining

The work presented in this report is part of the Australian Coal Association Research Program (ACARP) project C9069 "Monitoring of Roof Deformation and Delamination Using Deep-Hole Multi-Point Extensometers". This project is an extension of the ACARP project C8033 "Optimal Design and  ....  read more

 

Optimal Design and Monitoring for Highwall Mining

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C803301/12/2001
Author: Mary Fama, Baotang Shen, P Maconochie | CSIRO Exploration & Mining, Geotek Solutions

This is the final report for the ACARP research project, C8033, "Optimal Design and Monitoring of Layout Stability for Highwall Mining". The aim of the report is to provide general guidelines for highwall mining design. The guidelines will help guide mining engineers through the ....  read more

 

Underground

Health and safety, productivity and environment initiatives.

Recently Completed Projects

C24066Development Of An Alternative Electronic Spark Test Apparatus

Since a high profile incident in 1998, where two widely deployed IS cert...

C23005Use Of Plastic Metal In Underground Coal Mines For Minor Repair On Flameproof Equipment

The potential for a gas or dust explosion arising from hot work and ...

C25070Shuttle Car Steering System Optimisation

The condition of roadways in underground mines is of great importance, a...

Underground

Open Cut

Safety, productivity and the right to operate are priorities for open cut mine research.

Recently Completed Projects

C21028Automated Design Of Multi-Pass Dragline Strips Using 3D-Dig

This project aimed  to research, develop and implement a design...

C25030Guidelines For Coal Mine Open Pit Final Void Closure And Relinquishment - Addressing Uncertainty In Coal Mine Environmental Planning

This report addresses uncertainties faced by coal mine operators whe...

C25029Open Path Boundary Monitoring

The objective of this work was to investigate suitable options and imple...

Open Cut

Coal Preparation

Maximising throughput and yield while minimising costs and emissions.

Recently Completed Projects

C22031Investigation Of The Graviton Separator At Pilot Scale

Vast quantities of fine coal, worth hundreds of millions of dollars, are...

C24046Online Particle Size Monitoring In Coal Preparation

The principle of using laser diffraction as a means of measuring a v...

C24048Thickener Underflow Monitor

The aim of this project was to develop an instrument that is capable of ...

Coal Preparation

Technical Market Support

Market acceptance and emphasising the advantages of Australian coals.

Recently Completed Projects

C24060Structural Differences Between Coking Coals Of The Sydney Basin And Other Sources

Cokes made from Australian coals of relatively low fluidity can have...

C25045Stage One - Assessment Of In Situ High-Temperature Strength Of Cokes

A typical high-CSR Australian coke was subjected to high-temperature...

C24053Effect Of Coke Reactivity Upon Coke Strength With Focus On Microstructure

The primary aim of this project was to examine changes in the microstruc...

Technical Market Support

Mine Site Greenhouse Mitigation

Mitigating greenhouse gas emissions from the production of coal.

Recently Completed Projects

C19054VAM Enrichment With A Two-Stage Adsorption Process

Treatment of ventilation air methane (VAM) with cost-effective technolog...

C24017Improving Methods For Quantifying Fugitive Emissions From Open Cut Coal Mining

Fugitive emissions from open cut coal mines are usually estimated fo...

C21065Flame Arresting Mechanisms And Flameproof Device For VAM Mitigation

The overall goal of this project was to study the gas flammability limit...

Mine Site Greenhouse Mitigation

Low Emission Coal Use

Step-change technologies aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Recently Completed Projects

C17060BGasification Of Australian Coals

Four Australian coals were trialled in the Siemens 5 MWth pilot scale ga...

C17060AOxyfuel Technology For Carbon Capture And Storage Critical Clean Coal Technology - Interim Support

The status of oxy-fuel technology for first-generation plant is indicate...

C18007Review Of Underground Coal Gasification

This report consists of a broad review of underground coal gasification,...

Low Emission Coal Use

Mining And The Community

The relationship between mines and the local community.

Recently Completed Projects

C22029Understanding And Managing Cumulative Impacts Of Coal Mining And Other Land Uses In Regions With Diversified Economies

The coal industry operates in the context of competing land-uses that sh...

C23016Approval And Planning Assessment Of Black Coal Mines In NSW And Qld: A Review Of Economic Assessment Techniques

This reports on issues surrounding economic assessment and analysis ...

C19025Governance Strategies To Manage And Monitor Cumulative Impacts At The Local And Regional Level

ACARP levy contributors should order this report in the normal manner – ...

Mining And The Community

NERDDC

National Energy Research,Development & Demonstration Council (NERDDC) reports - pre 1992.

Recently Completed Projects

1609-C1609Self Heating of Spoil Piles from Open Cut Coal Mines

Self Heating of Spoil Piles from Open Cut Coal Mines

1301-C1301Stress Control Methods for Optimised Development...

Stress Control Methods for Optimised Development and Extraction Operations

0033-C1356Commissioned Report: Australian Thermal Coals...

Commissioned Report: Australian Thermal Coals - An Industry Handbook

NERDDC