Underground Coal Mining
The current coal technology and fugitive emissions program can be summarised into four distinct research areas.
- Innovative Underground Coal Mining Methods and Processes
- The “whole-of-hole” approach to deliver technologies that improve drilling performance and extract maximum value from boreholes through cost effective, higher speed, continuous drilling systems such as water-jet based drilling systems.
- Extracting borehole data into mine plans through the development of:
- Post-drilling logging using through-the-drill-string hole mapping geophysical sensors – Natural Gamma, Density, resistivity, etc. These are IS and are based on the “Plug and Play”, “Mix and Match” approach; and
- Borehole completion and monitoring. Development of optic fibre sensors to monitoring gas flow, temperature, blockages, gas composition, etc.
- New Measurement and Sensor Technologies for underground coal mines such as fibre-optic sensing based technologies for novel applications in mining.
- Occupation Health and Safety – developing a new spark testing apparatus to replace the current standard testing apparatus (STA) enabling more accurate assessment of electrical mine equipment.