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Mining Workshop: Mining Communications and Tracking

Lakewood, CO: May 13, 2009 - May 14, 2009, Charleston, WV: May 19, 2009 - May 20, 2009

NIOSH sponsored workshops designed to familiarize attendees with communications and tracking technologies, the technical challenges of using these technologies in underground mines, and implementation issues relative to the requirements of the MINER Act of 2006. During this workshop, the Mine Safety and Health Administration also led discussions of regulatory and policy considerations relative to deploying these technologies.

Slides and videos of presentations made by NIOSH researchers are available for downloading below. In addition, you may request a DVD containing all the NIOSH workshop presentations by sending an email to OMSHR@cdc.gov.

Introductions and Communications Basics

NIOSH Communications and Tracking Workshop Keynote Address
Tom Novak, Deputy Director, NIOSH Office of Mine Safety and Health Research
Slides  |  Captioned video  |  Uncaptioned video

Communications and Tracking Basics
Dave Snyder, MS, PE, General Engineer
Slides  |  Captioned video  Uncaptioned video

Primary Communication Systems

Survivable Leaky Feeder Communication System
Jeffrey Welsh, Deputy Director, NIOSH Pittsburgh Research Laboratory
Slides  |  Captioned video  Uncaptioned video

Node-Based Communications Overview
Tom Dubaniewicz, Lead Research Engineer
Slides  |  Captioned video  Uncaptioned video

Secondary Communication Systems

Alternate Communications Paths & Secondary Systems
David Snyder, MS, PE, General Engineer
Slides  |  Captioned video  Uncaptioned video

Medium Frequency (MF) Mine Communication Systems
Nick Damiano, Electrical Engineer
Slides  |  Captioned video  Uncaptioned video

Through-the-Earth Mine Communication Systems
Mike Yenchek, Senior Electrical Engineer (Presented by Nick Damiano, Electrical Engineer)
Slides  |  Captioned video  Uncaptioned video

Tracking Systems

RFID Tracking Systems - Conventional and Reverse RFID
Todd Ruff, Electrical Engineer
Slides  |  Captioned video  Uncaptioned video

Node-Based Tracking Using Received Signal Strength Indication
Tom Dubaniewicz, Lead Research Engineer
Slides  |  Captioned video  Uncaptioned video

System Implementation

System Implementation
Joseph Waynert, PhD, Senior Service Fellow
Slides

Safety Considerations for Underground Mine Communications and Tracking Systems Battery Safety
David Snyder, MS, PE, General Engineer
Slides

 

Introduction slide from the workshop presentations Example of underground communications Example of a very simple network Example of medium frequency communications Example of conventional RFID Example of blasting cap hazards

 

 
 
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