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May 2014

In this month’s issue of World Coal, the regional report focuses on Russia and the CIS, where Dr Elizabeth Stephens and Adam Nash, JLT Specialty Ltd, report on recent developments in the coal industry in the region, and consider the potential fallout from the increasingly coldwar-esque Ukraine crisis. The May issue features a special report on the global cement industry, where T. Abbas, Cinar Ltd, UK, discusses the changing role that coal plays within the cement industry. We also feature a special article from Prof. Naj Aziz, University of Wollongong, as he reports on this year's Coal Operator's Conference. The May issue further features articles on ventilation and gas monitoring, drilling and blasting, slurry pumps, roadway development and shiploading and unloading, while the issue’s lead feature is on longwall mining. The Industry View from Kray Luxbacher, and associate professor at Virginia Tech University in the US, explains why the coal mining industry should be more enthusiastic about embracing big data generated from mining operations.


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Industry View: Big Data
Prof. Kray Luxbacher, Virginia Tech University, US.

The Comeback King
Dr Elizabeth Stephens and Adam Nash, JLT Specialty Ltd, UK, report on recent developments in the coal industry in Russia and the CIS.

Optimising Low-Seam Longwalls
Jim Haughey, Joy Global, US, explains how companies can obtain optimum output and increased safety in thin seam extraction.

Coal Mine Ground Control
Rob Thomas, Golder Associates, Australia, and Dr Keith MacAndrew, Golder Associates, UK, discuss advances in coal mine ground control.

Breathing Easily
Simon Lewis, The PBE Group, Australia, discusses underground mine ventilation and gas monitoring systems.

Keeping An Eye On Ventilation
Deirdra Barr, Trolex, UK, discusses the importance of monitoring mine ventilation systems in underground coal mines.

A Test Of Endurance
Mikael Bjorkman, BJM Pumps, US, explains how an Illinois coal mine dealt with abrasive slurry using severe duty pumps.

So Much To Ship; So Little Time
Hans-Jörg Schwärzler, Liebherr-Werk Nenzing, explains how rising coal shipments require advanced cargo handling solutions.

The Right Road: Making The Cut
Hanno Bertignoll, Sandvik Mining, Austria, explains the machines used in roadway development and the introduction of the company's new MR341 roadheader to a Czech coal mine.

Rise Of The Machines
Dr Stephen van Duin, University of Wollongong, Australia, explains how underground mining operations can achieve rapid roadway development through automation.

News From Wollongong
Prof. Naj Aziz, University of Wollongong, Australia, reports on this year's Coal Operator's Conference.

An Intricate Relationship
T. Abbas, Cinar Ltd, UK, discusses the changing role that coal plays within the cement industry.


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