MINExpo 2012 will offer education sessions that cover a wide range of mining topics

By Gina Tverdak, Associate Editor

The mining industry will soon descend upon Las Vegas with one goal in mind: MINExpo INTERNATIONAL 2012. Scheduled for September 24-26 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, the show has already posted record-breaking numbers. More than 1,800 exhibitors in 12 exhibit halls in 850,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor exhibit space will display the latest technology, equipment, components, parts and services for exploration, extraction, safety, environmental remediation of coal.

                                But MINExpo isn’t just about the new products and services. This year’s shows offers two days of educational sessions that cover the entire mining business, and special award ceremonies will recognize mine safety, reclamation and historical achievements.

Educational Sessions

An education program with 20 sessions will tackle the timely and pressing issues affecting the mining industry, with many of the industry’s top professionals leading the discussions. The information sessions are scheduled for the mornings of Tuesday, September 25, and Wednesday, September 26. Topics will include coal, exploration, markets, safety, bulk materials handling, automation, surface and underground mining, and water. Attendees can also earn professional development credits for attending the sessions.

Monday, September 24

MINExpo INTERNATIONAL 2012 Opening Session
10:00 a.m. – 11: 30 a.m.
Room S223, South Building,
Las Vegas Convention Center

Mining is the beginning link in the global supply chain for the metals, minerals and energy required to sustain economic growth and security around the world. Showcasing that role is the theme of the Opening Session of MINExpo INTERNATIONAL 2012. The Opening Session is included in the registration fee and all show attendees are invited to hear chief executives of four of the world’s biggest mining and mining equipment companies discuss “The global supply chain for coal and minerals, where we have been and where we are going.”


  • Richard Adkerson, president and CEO, Freeport-McMoRan Copper and Gold
  • Gregory Boyce, chairman and CEO, Peabody Energy Co.
  • Richard O’Brien, CEO, Newmont Mining Corp.
  • Mike Sutherlin, president and CEO, Joy Global

Hal Quinn, president and CEO, National Mining Association

Dr. Jeffrey Garten, Juan Tripp Professor of International Trade, Finance and Business, Yale University School of Management.

Tuesday, September 25

Bulk Materials Handling
8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Room N257, Upper Concourse

United Manganese of Kalahari Case Study
James Harrison, managing director, Taggart JDHA Engineering Pty, Ltd.; and David J. Morris, general manager, Africa–India, Taggart Global LLC

Addressing Plugging, Wear and Spillage at Transfer Chutes
Thomas G. Troxel, vice president, and Jayant Khambekar, Ph.D., project engineer, Jenike & Johanson, Inc.

Coal #1
8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Room N259, Upper Concourse

Technology Improves Bolting in South Africa
Craig Collins, assistant R&D manager, J.H. Fletcher & Co.

Communications Systems: A Risk Management Approach to Achieving Production and Safety Goals
Denis Kent, business development manager, Mine Site Technologies Inc.

Improved Polymer Coating for Inflatable Bolting Products used in Corrosive Environments and Modernized Advancements in Technology for Underground Coal Mining Rock Dusting Activities
Renn Oler, engineering director; and Jim Pinkley, president and general manager, DSI Underground Systems, Inc.

Increased Safety through Collaborative and Comprehensive Design of a New Longwall Entry Development Machine
Steve Bessinger, manager engineering/production planning, BHP Billiton San Juan Mine 1; and, J.J. Leeming, global product director miner bolters, Joy Global

8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Room N255, Upper Concourse

To be announced

8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Room N261, Upper Concourse

The Global Iron Ore Market
Donald J. Gallagher, executive vice president, president—global commercial, Cliffs Natural Resources

The 2012 Uranium Market
Treva Klingbiel, president, Trade Tech

Safety #1
8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Room N253, Upper Concourse

Research Products to Improve Mine-worker Safety and Health
Jeffrey L. Kohler, Ph.D., director, Office of Mine Safety and Health Research, National Institute of Occupational Health and Safety

Safety Management Systems: CORESafety® a Model to Drive Continuous Improvement
Tom Hethmon, western mining presidential chair in mine safety and associate professor, University of Utah

Filling the Leadership Pipeline/Developing In-House Leadership Training Case Review: Alliance Resource Partners/Hopkins County Coal (Kentucky)
Philip Van Hooser, founder/president, Leaders Ought to Know

10:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Room N253, Upper Concourse

Deployment of Autonomous Haulage Systems
James Humphrey, P.E., senior market professional–Mining Autonomy, Global Mining Division, Caterpillar, Inc.

Changing Face of a Mining Company
10:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Room N261, Upper Concourse

Prairie State Energy Campus: Next Generation of Coal-fueled Power
Peter DeQuattro, president and CEO, Prairie State Generating Co., LLC

Financing Alternatives for Mine Construction or Project Development
Nick Carter, president and COO, Natural Resource Partners, L.P.

Scalable Renewable Power Solutions for Remote and Integrated Mining Projects
Ron MacDonald, executive chairman, American Vanadium Corp.

Surface Mining #1
10:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Room N259, Upper Concourse

The Effects of Inaccurate Drilling on D&B Costs and Blast Performance
Neal Lee, senior technical representative, and Jeremy Short, technical representative, Nelson Brother, LLC

Condition Monitoring of Shovel Equipment Impacts Profitability
George Kredel, project manager for Timken Services Group, The Timken Company; and Justin Pope, senior reliability maintenance technician, KGHM International Ltd., Robinson Nevada Mining Co.

Haulage Fatigue Management
Paul Boman, director strategic planning and regulatory compliance, Freeport-McMoRan Copper and Gold

Trailing Cable Management
Murray Duncan, account manager/applications, Mining Group; and Mark Fuller, senior technical manager, Mining Business Unit, NEXANS AmerCable

Underground Mining #1
10:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Room N257, Upper Concourse

Mine Conveyance Safety Fall Arrest System for Use with Steel Shaft Guides – A Case Study
Dave Lunderstedt, Rio Tinto; Eric Boutin, P.Eng., PMP, senior mechanical engineer, product manager, Nordmin Engineering; and Andre du Preez, president, Horne Group

Short Interval Control in Today’s Underground Mine: A Case Study
Charlie Forrest, business development executive, and Fiona Carew, strategic account manager, Gemcom Software International, Inc.; and Rick Howes, COO, Dundee Precious Metals

New Technology Focus on Diesel Particulate Matter Reduction/Elimination
Curtis Pedwell, maintenance manager, Red Lake Gold Mines, Goldcorp, Inc.; and Stephen Rudinec, chief technology officer, heavy equipment group, Oldenburg Group Inc.

The Evolution of Thru the Earth Communications
Warren Gross, MagneLink program manager, Lockheed Martin; and Todd Moore, director of safety coal, CONSOL Energy

10:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Room N255, Upper Concourse

Save 25 Billion Gallons of Water and Increase Uptime
Chris Rehmann, mining business manager, AESSEAL, Inc.

Membrane Based Water and Wastewater Treatment Solutions
Paul Clayton, director, global mine water business development, Pall Corp.

Everything You Wanted to Know About Selenium, But were Afraid Someone Would Actually Tell You!
Steven P. Canton, vice president, GEI Consultants

Wednesday, September 26

8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Room N261, Upper Concourse

Impact of Global GHG Regulations on the Operation of a Mining Facility
Katherine Blue, managing director, KPMG Sustainability Practice, KPMG LLP

Air Quality Modeling and Impacts on the Mining Industry: An Overview
Michael E. Long, director environmental regulatory strategy and analysis, Cliffs Natural Resources

Methane Mitigation at Underground Coal Mines—Overview of Technologies and Early Action Incentives
Raphaël Bruneau, director of carbon markets, Biothermica Technologies, Inc.; and, Collon Kennedy, Esq., attorney, Ruby Canyon Engineering; and Michael Cote, president, Ruby Canyon Engineering, Inc.

8:00 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Room N255, Upper Concourse

Bringing Maintenance & Operations Data Together
Justin Johnsen, project manager–maintenance systems, Modular Mining Systems

Isolation Verification – New Technologies
Chris Devine, director, RedbusBar

The Benefits of Using Waterless Coolant to Decrease Maintenance Costs, Save Fuel and Reduce Emissions
Mike Tourville, director of marketing, Evans Cooling Systems, Inc.

Truth, Trust & Tons—Solutions for the Hidden Cost of Reactive Cultures in the Mining Industry
Kay Sever, president, OPTIMIZ Consulting LLC

8:00 – 10:00 a.m.
Room N259, Upper Concourse

Mongolian Mining Corporation’s First to Build Large Scale Coal Mine in Tavan Tolgoi Basin
Andrew Little, technical director, Mongolian Mining Corp.; and John Trygstad, vice president, Norwest Corp.

Execution Excellence in Ore Processing
Lee J. Laviolette, partner and global capacities leader for operational excellence, Accenture

Safety #2
8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Room N253, Upper Concourse

Alternative Approaches to Workplace Injury and Illness Management
Peter Greaney, M.D., president and CEO, WorkCare, Inc.

Hearing Conservation in Mining Operations—Stuff You Need to Know and Why You Need to Know It
Elliott H. Berger, division scientist, Occupational Health and Environmental Safety Division, 3M

Surface Mining #2
8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Room N257, Upper Concourse

Advances in Bodies, Bins and Trays
LeRoy Hagenbuch, president, CEO and chief engineer, Philippi-Hagenbuch, Inc.

Surface Operations Improvement: How Do Mining Companies Stack Up on the Operation of Their Mining Fleets and How Can They Make Transformative Jumps in Their Performance?
Scott Blackburn, partner, McKinsey & Co.

Utilizing Technology to Reduce Mining Vehicle Incidents and Accidents
Neil Ferreira, product manager-fleet management, Modular Mining Systems

P&H LeTourneau-Series Wheel Loaders—Using EMERST Design Philosophies in Generation 2 Wheel Loaders
Mark Barr, general manager, wheel loading engineering, and Matt Collins, product manager, wheel loaders, Joy Global

Coal #2
10:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Room N257, Upper Concourse

Dust Control Challenges and Technology Available for Control
Nick Fowler, global market manager mining, Quaker Chemical; and Glenn Lilly, longwall manager, Speed Mining, Patriot Coal Corp.

Dashan Coal Mine Closed-loop Industrial Park, Datong Coal Group, China
Guo Jingang, president, Datong Coal Group; Li Haumin, associate dean; Zhou Yin, vice president, Henan Polytechnic University; and Syd S. Peng, West Virginia University

Ground Control at Signal Peak Energy, Bull Mountain Mine
Brad Hanson, COO, Signal Peak Energy; and John C. Stankus, Ph.D., president, Keystone Mining Services

Highwall Mining: Design Tradeoffs – Economic Impacts
Bradley Charles Lewis, director of sales and marketing, ADDCAR

New Mine Developments
10:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Room N253, Upper Concourse

To be announced

Underground Mining #2
10:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Room N255, Upper Concourse

High Capacity Continuous Haulage in Underground Mining
Brian Ziegler, product engineer, haulage systems, Joy Global

Deep Dark Secrets of Respiratory Protection for Mining Dust
Craig Colton, division scientist, Occupational Health and Environmental Safety Division, 3M

Continuous Improvement Focus on DPM Reduction at Stillwater Mining Company
Dee Bray, mine manager, Stillwater mine, Stillwater Mining Co.

Solid Waste
10:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Room N259, Upper Concourse

Reframing Mine Waste Compliance Obligations Using High Quality Science
Gerald L. Kirkpartick, managing partner, Environmental Standards, Inc.

Design of the Eldorado Gold Efemçukura Filtered Tailings Facility
Dale Churcher, vice president, engineering, Eldorado Gold Corp.; and Richard Dawson, senior vice president, Norwest Corp., Calvin Boese, senior geotechnical engineer, Norwest Corp. and Karvin Kwan, senior geotechnical engineer, Norwest Corp.

10:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Room N2261, Upper Concourse

Methodologies and Policy Framework for Establishing Post-mining Land Uses via Functional Water Features
Darryl Maunder, manager of environmental and regulatory affairs, Cloud Peak Energy

Award Luncheons
Two special luncheons will take place during MINExpo. The Sentinels of Safety Luncheon will take place Tuesday, September 25, from 12:30 – 2:00 p.m. The purpose of the annual Sentinels of Safety award program is to recognize achievement of outstanding safety records and to encourage development of more effective accident prevention programs among the nation’s mineral extractive industries.

                                The luncheon will honor the 2011 recipients of the Sentinels of Safety Awards. These awards are presented each year to those mining operations throughout the country that have demonstrated an exemplary safety record. Sentinel of Safety winners are those mines that have worked the most employee-hours without experiencing any lost work days. The competition requires a minimum of at least 4,000 injury-free hours and winning operations typically far exceed that total.

                                In addition, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, Office of Mine Safety and Health is initiating a program to recognize and promote innovative applications of technology to improve mine safety and health. The first recipient(s) of the “Technology Innovations in Mine Safety and Health” award will be recognized at the awards luncheon. Tickets are required and cost $45.

                                The U.S. Department of the Interior Awards Luncheon will take place Wednesday, September 26, from 12:30 – 2 p.m. These awards are the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Office of Surface Mining (OSM) Excellence in Surface Coal Mining Reclamation Awards and the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Reclamation and Sustainable Mineral Development Awards. The OSM awards are presented to coal mining companies who achieve the most exemplary mining and reclamation in the country, while the BLM awards recognize the efforts made by mining companies in implementing the principles of sustainable development. Tickets are also required for this luncheon and cost $45.

For more information on attending the mining industry’s largest exhibition, please visit www.minexpo.com.