2020 SME/PCMIA Virtual Annual Joint Meeting

When:  Jan 21, 2021 from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM (ET)
Associated with  Pittsburgh SME Section

Due to the pandemic and PA Department of Health guidelines [Indoor events and gatherings of more than 25 persons are prohibited], we regret to inform you the 2020 SME/PCMIA Annual Joint Meeting will not be an on-site event.  However, we will be providing a virtual experience comprised of free monthly webinars – with available PDH - focused on the latest topics and trends you’ve come to expect from SME and PCMIA.  PDH* will be awarded based on your confirmed attendance (via ZOOM host) and full participation.

*$10 one-time charge for PDH certification letter


Following are the proposed monthly webinars that will air starting on October 15, 2020.  Information on incomplete technical sessions listed will be provided as they are made available.  In addition, a digital program book will be provided each registrant and will also be available via the SME Pittsburgh Section and PCMIA web sites.






Oct 15, 2020



Opening remarks: David G. Zatezalo, Assistant Secretary for Mine Safety and Health.

1. Transport Model for Shale Gas Well Leakage through the Surrounding Fractured Zones of a Longwall Mine by Kayode Ajayi, NIOSH

2. The Current Perspective of the PA 1957 Gas Well Pillar Study and Its Implications for Longwall Gas Well Pillars by Peter Zhang, Ph.D. and Chris Mark, Ph.D., NIOSH

3. Preliminary Rib Support Requirements for Coal Ribs Using a Coal Pillar Rib Rating by Khaled M. Mohamed and Robert A. Kimutis, NIOSH



Nov 19, 2020

6:00 p.m.


1. Pennsylvania Coal Bed Methane Resources in 2020 by A.K. Markowski, PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources

2. Back to Basics:  Rebuilding the Region's Economy with Energy (including coal), Petrochemicals and Manufacturing by G. Kozera, Shale Crescent USA

3. Understanding the Life Cycle Footprint of Coal Bed Methane by D. Carlson, J. Littlefield, G. Cooney and T. Skone, National Energy Technology Laboratory




Dec 17, 2020

6:00 p.m.


1. Acid Mine Drainage: Treatment and Recovery of Critical Elements by Mohammad Rezaee, Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University

2. Predicting Fugitive Gas Emissions from Gob-to-Face in Longwall Coal Mines: Coupled Analytical and Numerical Modeling by Shimin Liu, Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University

3. CONSOL's Itmann Mine Project by Brandon J. Williamson, P.E., CONSOL Energy Inc.

4. Graduate Student Poster Competition



Jan 21, 2021

2:00 p.m.


1. Dam Safety in the Mining Industry by Stanley J. Michalek, MSHA

2. Impoundment Capping Problems During Abandonment by E. Gottheld, MSHA

3. Challenges Capping Coal Slurry Impoundments - A Technical Perspective by C. Sunderman, C Lewis, and R. McQuillis, Tetra Tech, Inc.

4. Loading Rate Design Considerations and Performance Monitoring for Upstream-Constructed Coal Refuse Impoundments by B. Genes and A. Batool, GAI Consultants





A registration form is attached here.  Send completed registration form to Mary (instructions on bottom of form).  Once your completed registration form is processed, you will receive [via email] a ZOOM link for each monthly series of webinars you wish to attend.


Information will also be available through the SME and PCMIA web sites (www.smepittsburgh.org and www.miningorganizations.org).  We look forward to seeing you next October 21 & 22, 2021 for our usual on-site Annual Joint Meeting, and we hope you’ll join us for our virtual series of presentations in the coming months.  Be safe out there.

A copy of the 2020 SME/PCMIA Joint Webinar Technical Session 1 Program can be viewed here.
A copy of the 2020 SME/PCMIA Joint Webinar Technical Session 2 Program can be viewed here


Online Instructions:
Url: http://psu.zoom.us/j/93325638207#success
Login: Use the link above to access the webinar.


Mary DelRosso