Mining Feature: NIOSH at SME 2016

Friday, February 19, 2016

NIOSH researchers and representatives will be at the 2016 Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration (SME) Annual Conference and Expo February 21–24 in Phoenix, Arizona. Check out the information below to find out when and where you can learn about NIOSH's latest research. Be sure to visit the NIOSH exhibit as well to see demonstrations of NIOSH products and research.

Drs. Jessica Kogel, Eric Lutz, and R. J. Matetic at SME

On February 8, Dr. Jessica Elzea Kogel became the Associate Director for Mining (ADM) in the Office of the Director of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH). Dr. Kogel leads NIOSH’s Office of Mine Safety and Health Research (OMSHR), which coordinates the work of two NIOSH divisions: the Pittsburgh Mining Research Division (PMRD) and the Spokane Mining Research Division (SMRD). In 2013, Dr. Kogel served as President of the Society of Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration (SME), and continues to serve on the Board of Trustees of the SME Foundation. Meet Dr. Kogel in person at the SME Annual Conference & Expo at the NIOSH booth (#1211) on Tuesday, February 23, from 2:00–3:00 p.m.

On January 10, Dr. Eric A. Lutz became the Director of the NIOSH Spokane Mining Research Division (SMRD). Dr. Lutz is the Chair of the Health and Safety Division of the Society of Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration (SME). Meet Dr. Lutz in person at the SME Annual Conference & Expo at the NIOSH booth (#1211) on Tuesday, February 23, from 3:30–4:30 p.m.

Dr. R. J. Matetic is the Director of the NIOSH Pittsburgh Mining Research Division (PMRD). Dr. Matetic will be presenting "Overview of NIOSH Research on Built-in-place Refuge Alternatives in Underground Coal Mines" (coauthored with other NIOSH researchers) at 3:25 pm on Tuesday, February 23, as part of the Coal & Energy: Refuge Alternatives for Underground Coal Mines II session. Meet Dr. Matetic in person at the SME Annual Conference & Expo at the NIOSH booth (#1211) on Tuesday, February 23, from 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

NIOSH Session Chairs

Monday, February 22

2:00 pm

Coal & Energy: Best of Ground Control Room | 224A
Michael Murphy of PMRD (co-chair)

2:00 pm

Health & Safety: Research Efforts Informing Regulation and Compliance | Room 131A
Susan Moore of NPPTL (co-chair)

 Tuesday, February 23

9:00 am

Coal & Energy: Dust Control I | Room 224B
Jay Colinet of PMRD (co-chair)

9:00 am

Coal & Energy: Refuge Alternatives for Underground Coal Mines I | Room 229A
Timothy Lutz and David Yantek of PMRD

2:00 pm

Coal & Energy: Dust Control II | Room 224B
Timothy Beck of PMRD (co-chair)

2:00 pm

Coal & Energy: Refuge Alternatives for Underground Coal Mines II | Room 229A
Timothy Lutz and David Yantek of PMRD

2:00 pm

Mining & Exploration: Technology: Ventilation Technology in a Data-Driven Environment | Room 130
Gerrit Goodman of PMRD

Wednesday, February 24

9:00 am

Coal & Energy: Breathing Air Supplies | Room 224A
Rohan Fernando of NPPTL (co-chair)

2:00 pm

Health & Safety: NORA: Needs in Data-driven Research in Health and Safety | Room 131B
Susan Moore of NPPTL (co-chair)

2:00 pm

Mining & Exploration: Operations: Practical Mine Ventilation | Room 127B
Gerrit Goodman of PMRD

NIOSH Presenters

Monday, February 22

 

Industrial Minerals & Aggregates: Health and Safety | Room 221A

2:05 pm

Instituting a Filtration/Pressurization System to Reduce Dust Concentrations in a Control Room at a Mineral Processing Plant  • James Noll and Andrew Cecala of PMRD

 

Health & Safety: Research Efforts Informing Regulation and Compliance | Room 131A

2:25 pm

Analysis, Conversion, and Visualization of Survey Position and Magnetic Field Strength Data for a Proximity Detection System  • Adam Smith of PMRD

3:45 pm

Proximity Detection Zones Design to Prevent Striking and Pinning Fatalities Around Continuous Mining Machines  • Peter Bissert and Adam Smith of PMRD

 

Coal & Energy: Best of Ground Control | Room 224A

3:05 pm

Dynamic Failure in Coal Seams: Implications of Coal Composition for Bump Susceptibility
Heather Lawson of SMRD

3:25 pm

A Case Study of Multi-seam Coal Mine Entry Stability Analysis Using the Strength Reduction Method   • Ihsan Tulu of PMRD

3:45 pm

Analysis of Roof and Pillar Failure Associated with Weak Floor at a Limestone Mine
Michael Murphy of PMRD

Tuesday, February 23

 

Coal & Energy: Dust Control I | Room 224B

9:05 am

Examination of a Newly Developed Mobile Dry Scrubber (DS) for Coal Mine Dust Control Applications  • John Organiscak, James Noll and David Yantek of PMRD

9:45 am

Development of a Roof Bolter Canopy Air Curtain for Respirable Dust Control
W. Randy Reed and David Zheng of PMRD

 

Coal & Energy: Refuge Alternatives for Underground Coal Mines I | Room 229A

9:05 am

Analysis of Heat Loss Mechanisms for Mobile Tent-type Refuge Alternatives
Peter Bissert and David Yantek of PMRD

9:25 am

Validation of Thermal Simulation Model of 23-person Tent-type Mobile Refuge Alternative • David Yantek and Peter Bissert of PMRD

9:45 am

Refuge Alternatives Relief Valve Testing and Design 
Timothy Lutz and Peter Bissert of PMRD

10:05 am

Effects of the Constant Mine Strata Temperature Assumption and Initial Mine Air and Strata Temperatures on Refuge Alternative Internal Air Temperature
David Yantek and Peter Bissert of PMRD

 

Coal & Energy: Dust Control II | Room 224B

3:05 pm

Comparing the Air Quality Inside Enclosed Cabs of Two Pieces of Underground Mining Equipment with MERV 16 and HEPA Quality Filters
Andrew Cecala, John Organiscak, and James Noll of PMRD

3:25 pm

Computational Fluid Dynamic Modeling of a Medium-sized Surface Mine Blasthole Drill Shroud  • David Zheng, W. Randy Reed, and Lihong Zhou of PMRD

 

Coal & Energy: Refuge Alternatives for Underground Coal Mines II | Room 229A

3:25 pm

Overview of NIOSH Research on Built-in-place Refuge Alternatives In Underground Coal Mines  • RJ Matetic, David Yantek and Adam Smith of PMRD

Wednesday, February 24

 

Coal & Energy: Breathing Air Supplies | Room 224A

11:35 am

OMSHR’s Effort on the Next Generation Closed-circuit Mine Escape Respirator 
Rohan Fernando of NPPTL

 

Health & Safety: NORA: Needs in Data-driven Research in Health and Safety | Room 131B

2:05 pm

Jackleg-drill Usage and Accidents  • Donovan Benton and Joseph Seymour of SMRD

 

Mining Exploration: Technology: Advancements in Rock Mechanics and Ground Control | Room 127C

2:05 pm

Assessing the Mechanical Behavior of Large-scale Shotcrete Panels
Michael Raffaldi and Donovan Benton of SMRD

2:25 pm

Paste Backfill Strength Properties: A Case Study from the Lucky Friday Mine, Mullan, Idaho • Joseph Seymour of SMRD

 

Health & Safety: International Perspectives on Mine Safety & Health | Room 131A

3:05 pm

Numerical Model Calibration for Simulating Coal Ribs • Khaled Mohamed of PMRD

 

Mining & Exploration: Operations: Practical Mine Ventilation | Room 127B

3:05 pm

Reduction in Diesel Particulate Matter Through Advanced Filtration and Monitoring Techniques   • Christopher Pritchard of SMRD and James Noll of PMRD

 

Coal & Energy: Mine Emergency Response | Room 229A

3:25 pm

Evaluation of Detection and Response Times of Fire Sensors Using an Atmosphere Monitoring System  • James Rowland of PMRD

3:45 pm

New Improvements to MFIRE to Enhance Fire Modeling Capabilities
Lihong Zhou of PMRD

 

Coal & Energy: Underground Processes and Practices II | Room 229B

3:45 pm

Ventilation Airflow Around a Continuous Miner and its Effect on Methane Concentrations at the Face • Heather Dougherty of PMRD

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