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April 2019 www.coalage.com 17 longwall usa 2019 preview continued Longwall USA 2019 – Technical Program Outline Keynote Address (Monday, 9 a.m.-9:30 a.m.) Coal Exports and its Influence on World Markets Nicholas Cron, general manager-portfo- lio optimization and marketing for XCoal Energy & Resources Session 1: Advanced Technology (Monday, 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.) Operational Benefits When Running Longwall Automated Face Alignment & Horizon Control Systems Jeff Ley, shearer product lead, Komatsu Mining Corp. 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 of Guizhou Zhongyi Jincaiqian Mining Group Co. Ltd. Using Dynamic Elemental Modeling for AFCs and Drums Daniel Sharpe, longwall mining engineer, Komatsu Mining Corp. (Monday, 2 p.m.-4 p.m.) Workshop: Preparing Miners and Re- sponders for Emergency Decision-making Angela LaFollette and Blaine Connor, NIOSH, Pittsburgh Mining Research Division 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 Under- side Shield Sprays to Improve Longwall Water Directional Spray System Randy Reed 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 Sta- bility of Shale Gas Wells in Barrier Pillars Peter Zhang and Daniel Su, NIOSH, Pitts- burgh Mining Research Division, and Jun Lu, CONSOL Energy (Tuesday, Noon-12:30 p.m.) Presentation: 2019 Longwall USA Top Performers Awards and the Prizes for the Student Poster Session (Tuesday, 1 p.m.-1:50 p.m.) Panel Discussion: Diversity in Mining Moderator: Dani Ringrose-Hobbs, prin- cipal projects contracts & procurement, BHP Billiton Panel Members: Megan Billay, project mining engineer- in-training, BHP Billiton Michelle Burich, senior mining applica- tions engineer, Komatsu Mining Corp. Cheryll Godwin-Abel, manager of project delivery, BHP Billiton Jez Leeming, global product director, en- try development, Komatsu Mining Corp. (Tuesday, 2 p.m.-4 p.m.) Workshop: Competency-based Self-es- cape Training and Assessment Maggie Ryan, NIOSH, Pittsburgh Mining Research Division Session 3: Development & Logistics (Wednesday, 9 a.m.-11 a.m.) The Autonomous Shuttle Car S. Schafrik, V. Androulakis, J. Sottile, and Z. Agioutantis, University of Kentucky Rapid-entry Longwall Development With Continuous Haulage at Murray En- ergy's Marion County Mine Toby Cressman and Michelle Burich, Komatsu Mining Corp. Gate Road Development Experience Us- ing Continuous Haulage at Glencore's Ulan West Longwall Mine Brett Murray, engineering manager for Ulan West, Glencore Using Contractors to Move Longwalls Josh Helbig, GMS Mine Repair & Maintenance burgh Mining Research Division (PMRD) will review mine emergency response development plans. In a mine emergency, chaos can lead to trage- dy. To take charge in an emergency, by law, coal mines must designate an on-site "responsible person." That per- son's duties include ordering miners to evacuate, notifying the Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) and others for help, and establishing an or- derly overall response. Analyzing past disasters, MSHA reasoned that mines could achieve better outcomes if every- one at the mine knows who is in charge. During Tuesday morning's Health & Safety session, two presenters from CONSOL Energy will discuss their ex- perience with personal proximity de- tection. Researchers from NIOSH-PM- RD will discuss their work related to underside shield sprays for dust con- trol and health and safety management systems. An engineer from MSHA will discuss the new seismic system for locating miners. The session will end with a discussion of the impact of long- wall mining on natural gas wells. The workshop on Tuesday after- noon will provide information re- garding NIOSH's self-escape training program. Every plan can use a little im- provement. If a mine is unsure about its plan, this would be a great opportu- nity to develop and fine tune a strategy. Longwall USA concludes Thurs- day morning with a session on De- velopment & Logistics. In addition to the workshops, this is another cross- over area that would benefit mine managers involved in room-and-pil- lar mining as well as those working in longwall operations. Researchers from the University of Kentucky will present their work on an autonomous shuttle car. Two presentations will discuss the use of Komatsu's Flexible Conveyor Train with certain equip- ment arrangements to get the best advance rates for development work. The technical program will conclude with a presentation that discusses the use of contractors to move longwalls.

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