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16 www.coalage.com April 2019 longwall usa 2019 preview Longwall USA Brings Together the Best in the Business In addition to business-to-business networking, the biennial conference and exhibition offers continuing education for underground coal operators by steve fiscor, editor, and jennifer jensen, associate editor Schedule at a Glance Sunday, May 19 8 a.m.–6 p.m. Registration Open 6 p.m.–8 p.m. Welcome Reception Monday, May 20 7 a.m.–6 p.m. Registration Open 8 a.m.–9 a.m. Continental Breakfast in Exhibit Hall; Poster Session Setup 8:45 a.m.–9 a.m. Welcome Address 9 a.m.–9:30 a.m. Keynote Speaker 9:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m. Session 1 Presentations 11:30 a.m.–2 p.m. Lunch in Exhibit Hall 12:45 p.m.–1:45 p.m. Poster Session Judging 2 p.m.–4 p.m. Workshop No. 1 4 p.m.–6 p.m. Cocktail Reception in Exhibit Hall Tuesday, May 21 7 a.m.–6 p.m. Registration Open 8 a.m.–9 a.m. Continental Breakfast in Exhibit Hall 9 a.m.–11:30 a.m. Session 2 Presentations 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Lunch in Exhibit Hall 12:30 p.m.–12:50 p.m. Top Performer Awards; Poster Session Awards 2 p.m.–4 p.m. Workshop No. 2 7 p.m. Longwall USA Night at PNC Park Wednesday, May 22 7 a.m.–11 a.m. Registration Open 8 a.m.–9 a.m. Continental Breakfast in Exhibit Hall 9 a.m.–11 a.m. Session 3 Presentations 11:30 a.m.–5 p.m. Exhibitor Tear Down The Longwall USA International Con- ference & Exhibition returns to the Da- vid L. Lawrence Convention Center in downtown Pittsburgh May 19-22. This trade show, which takes place every two years, serves the underground coal market in general and longwall mining in particular. Over the course of three days, speakers and college students will offer roughly 20 presentations that cover longwall mining, development work and ground control. In addition, researchers from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) will host two workshops to educate engineers and mine managers. The timing of this edition is dif - ferent from year's past. For the first time, Longwall USA is being held in May instead of June. It opens on a Sunday night and continues through Wednesday morning, rather than the Tuesday through Thursday format. On Sunday evening, there will be an opening reception on the show floor. The sessions begin promptly at 9 a.m. on Monday. The organizers, Mining Media International (MMI), are also trying something different this year based on feedback from Longwall USA 2017. In effort to get more youth to the show floor, a poster session has been orga- nized for graduate students interest- ed in longwall mining. MMI is also offering free admission for students (advanced registration is required). The technical program — the presen- tations, workshops and award cere- monies — will have a more inclusive feeling. The new Longwall USA app will allow attendees to communicate with each other and access much of the information from the event. Tuesday, May 21 is shaping up to be the busiest day. In addition to the morning sessions, Coal Age will pres- ent the Longwall USA Top Performers Award to the best American longwall operators. That will be followed by a diversity panel that will discuss the growing opportunities for women in the mining market. Tuesday night is Longwall USA night at PNC Park. In the exhibit that surrounds the presentation area, roughly 70 mining suppliers and service providers will be on hand to showcase the latest equipment and discuss advances in technology. Longwall USA 2019 is the must-attend event for underground coal (and trona) mining professionals. Sessions at a Glance Exports markets during the last two years have had a positive impact on U.S. coal markets. While many associ- ate this with robust met coal pricing, the truth is that steam coal exports have been growing at a healthy clip as well. Kicking off this year's event with the Longwall USA 2019 Keynote is Nick Cron from XCoal Energy & Resources, one of the larger coal traders. He will tell people what to expect from an ex- porter's perspective in the short term. The opening session for Longwall USA deals with advanced technology. During that session, delegates will hear about experiences with automated face alignment and horizon control in the U.S., operating longwalls from the surface in Australia, remote-controlled longwalls in China and the use of mod- eling systems to better design longwall mining equipment from the U.K. In the first workshop on Monday afternoon, Preparing Miners and Re- sponders for Emergency Decision-Mak- ing, researchers from NIOSH's Pitts-

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