Advances in Productive, Safe, and Responsible Coal Mining covers the latest advancements in coal mining technology and practices. It gives a comprehensive introduction to the latest research and technology developments, addressing problems and issues currently being faced, and is a valuable resource of complied technical information on the latest coal mining safety and health research. As coal's staying power has been at the forefront of the world's energy mix for more than a century, this book explores critical issues affecting coal mining, including how to maintain low-cost productivity, address health and safety hazards, and how to be responsible environmental stewards.
This book takes a holistic approach in addressing each issue from the perspective of its impact on the coal mining operation and industry as a whole.
- Explains how to effectively produce coal within existing environmental constraints
- Encapsulates the latest health and safety research and technological advances in the coal mining industry
- Written by authors who have developed the latest technology for coal mines
FUNDAMENTAL FACTORS FOR A SUCCESSFUL COAL MINE 1. Profitable Coal Mining Means Being Productive, Safe, and Environmentally Responsible 2. Productivity, Safety, and Regulation in Coal Mining: Evidence from Disasters and Fatalities
ADVANCES THAT IMPROVE PRODUCTIVITY AND SAFETY 3. Safety and Productivity in Coal Mining
How to Make Both the Top Priority 4. Risk Reduction and Mine Profitability through Application of CORESafety Principles 5. Automation and Remote Monitoring Leads to Optimized Safety and Productivity 6. Simulator Training with Proximity Detection to Increase Safety while Enhancing Productivity 7. Optimizing Coal Mining Systems to Maximize Productivity and Minimize Dust Exposure 8. Mine Ventilation Networks Optimized for Safety and Productivity 9. Utilizing Miner Tracking Systems to Enhance Both Safety and Productivity
ADVANCES THAT IMPROVE SAFETY AND ENVIRONMENTAL RESPONSIBILITY 10. Zero Harm Coal Mining 11. Coal Pillar Design for Safety and Stability 12. Monitoring of Rock Mass Behavior Improves Safety and Minimizes Land Disturbance 13. Monitoring and Control of Diesel Particulate Matter in Coal Mines Improves Safety and Air Quality 14. Coal Mine Methane
Control, Utilization, and Abatement 15. Controlling Noise and Capturing Energy from Mine Ventilation Fans
ADVANCES IN ENVIRONMENTAL RESPONSIBILITY AND PRODUCTIVITY 16. Costs and Environmental Impacts of Out-of-Seam Dilution 17. Controlling Out-of-Seam Dilution with Horizon Control Technology on Extractive Equipment 18. Optimization of Mining Sequences for Maximum Resource Recovery 19. Use of Backfill in Underground Coal Mines for Maximum Extraction with Minimum Subsidence 20. Sustainable Coal Waste Disposal Practices 21. Conserving Water Use and Controlling Discharges from Underground Coal Mines
ADVANCES OF THE FUTURE 22. The Role of Research in the Coal Mining Industry: Moving Forward Using Lessons from the Past
Dr Hirschi is an independent mining consultant specializing in coal mining and processing optimization and doing business as Harm-free Optimized Mining Enterprises (HOMEnterprises). Prior to embarking on this new role, he was a project manager for the Illinois Clean Coal Institute leading their research efforts in coal mining and preparation. He has adjunct faculty status in the College of Engineering at Southern Illinois University, the institution from which he received a PhD degree in Engineering Science. He received BS and MS degrees in Mining Engineering and a MBA degree from the University of Utah. The first half of his career was at the Galatia Mine in southern Illinois where he was a safety technician, operations foreman, and mine engineer.