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Geophysical Technologies for Detecting Underground Coal Mine Voids: An Interactive Forum


Purpose: The purpose of the interactive forum, sponsored by the Mine Safety and Health Administration and the Office of Surface Mining, will be to evaluate the applicability and effectiveness of available geophysical technologies for detecting, locating, and delineating active and inactive underground coal mine workings.

Monday, July 28, 2003
6:00 -
8:00 p.m.
Registration and Reception
Patterson Ballroom, Hyatt Regency Lexington

Tuesday, July 29, 2003 Day One: BASICS
7:30 a.m. Registration and Continental Breakfast
Patterson Ballroom

8:30 a.m. Introduction and Purpose of Forum
William Kovacic, Lexington Field Office Director
Office of Surface Mining

8:45 a.m. Featured MSHA Speaker
Dave Lauriski, Assistant Secretary, MSHA (invited)

Session Moderator: Vann Weaver, Chief, Technology & Support Group, Office of Surface Mining

9:15 a.m. Technology Opportunities for Coal Mining
Richard Sweigard, Chairman, Department of
Mining Engineering, University of Kentucky

9:45 a.m.

10:30 a.m. DOE's Program on The Mining Industry of the Future
Roy Tiley, Research Analyst
BCS, Inc.

11:00 a.m. OSM Perspective
John Craynon, Chief, Division of Technical Support
Office of Surface Mining

11:30 a.m. MSHA Perspective
Kelvin Wu, Chief, Mine Waste and Geotechnical
Engineering Division, MSHA

12:00 Noon Featured OSM Speaker
Jeffrey Jarrett, Director
Office of Surface Mining (invited)

Session Moderator: Kelvin Wu, Chief, Mine Waste and Geotechnical Engineering Division, MSHA

1:30 p.m. Overview of Geophysical Methods
Don Steeples, Professor of Geology
University of Kansas

2:30 p.m. Selection of Geophysical Methods
Neil Anderson, Professor of Geology
University of Missouri-Rolla

3:00 p.m. Break

3:30 p.m. Quality Control
Gary Olhoeft, Professor of Geophysics
Colorado School of Mines

4:00 p.m. Panel Discussion
Neil Anderson, John Craynon, Gary Olhoeft, Don Steeples, Richard Sweigard, Roy Tiley, and Kelvin Wu

5-6:30 p.m. Hospitality Hour and "Open Door" to University of Kentucky Basketball Museum

Wednesday, July 30, 2003 Day Two: Specifics
7:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast

Session Moderator: Doug Conaway, Director WV Miner's Health Safety and Training

8:30 a.m. Surface Seismic Methods
Lawrence Gochioco,
GX Technology Corporation

9:00 a.m. Electrical Resistivity
William Johnson, D'Appolonia Engineering

9:30 a.m. Ground Penetrating Radar
Mike Trevits, Research Physical Scientist National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health

10:00 a.m. Break

Session Moderator: Gary Slagel, Director, Governmental Affairs Consol Energy, Inc.

10:30 a.m. Tomographic Methods
Ernest Majer, Deputy Director, Earth Sciences Div.
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

11:00 a.m. Electromagnetic Methods and Radio Imaging Methods for Detecting Coal Mine Voids
Larry Stolarczyk, President & Chief Technology Officer
Stolar Horizon Research Corporation and
Syd Peng, Chairman, Dept. of Mining Engineering
West Virginia University

11:30 a.m. Airborne Electromagnetic Surveys
Richard Hammack, NETL

12:00 Noon Lunch

Session Moderator: Benny Wampler, Deputy Director VA Department of Mines Minerals and Energy

1:00 p.m. Microgravity
Richard Benson, President, Technos, Inc.

1:30 p.m. Directional Drilling
John Wood, Vice-President, Marketing,
Target Drilling, Inc.

2:00 p.m. Quecreek Surface Seismic
James Acker, SEISPROS

2:30 p.m. Panel Discussion - James Acker, Richard Benson, Lawrence Gochioco, Richard Hammack, William Johnson, Steven Kravits, Ernest Majer, Syd Peng, Larry Stolarczyk, Mike Trevits and John Wood

3:00 p.m. Break

Session Moderator: James Cobb, State Geologist and Director Kentucky Geological Survey

3:30 p.m. Forum Summary
Dwain Butler, Senior Research Geophysicist (Retired)
U.S. Army Engineering Research & Development Center

4:30 p.m. What's the Next Step?
Greg Conrad, John Craynon, and Kelvin Wu

5:00 p.m. Adjournment

Registration and Lodging: The registration fee of $150 includes continental breaks, lunches, receptions, and proceedings on CD-ROM. The headquarter hotel is the Hyatt Regency Lexington (www.lexington.hyatt.com), and is located at 400 West Vine Street in downtown, Lexington. A block of rooms has been reserved until June 28 for $65 single and $90 double (plus 12.4% tax). Please contact the Hyatt Regency directly at 859-253-1234 or 800-233-1234 and ask for the room block for the "Coal Mine Voids Forum." Reservations after June 28 will be accepted on a space-available basis only. The Hyatt Regency has shuttle service to and from Bluegrass Airport, with a courtesy phone available at the airport. For other local hotel information, contact Geaunita Caylor at 859-257-2820 (gcaylor@engr.uky.edu), or go to: www.visitlex.com.

Exhibits: A limited number of exhibit spaces are available. Please contact Ms. Caylor for additional information.


Registration Fee: $150 Advance registration is recommended.

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