SME/PCMIA Annual Joint Meeting

Starts:  Oct 20, 2016 08:00 AM (ET)
Ends:  Oct 21, 2016 03:00 PM (ET)
Associated with  Pittsburgh SME Section


8:00 a.m.

Opening Session & Remarks

Scouts Color Guard & Salute to Military Veterans

Heather Trexler


Keynote Address:  

Mine Worker Health and Safety in a Dynamically Shifting World

Dr. Jessica Kogel

Associate Director for Mining, NIOSH

9:00 a.m.

Technical Session 1:

Geology in Mining

Chair: Brian N. Shaffer


Geostatistical  Methods for Determining Drill Hole Spacing in Coal Reserve Assessments

Ricardo Olea, USGS


U.S. Coal Resources and Reserves Assessment Project--United States Geological Survey

Jon Haacke, USGS


Remote Sensing Studies:  Synthetic Aperture Radar and Mine Data Analysis

John Metzger, IDS North America

10:20 a.m.



10:50 a.m.

Technical Session 2:

Engineering Projects I

Chairs: Rich Wagner and Jeff Kravitz


Direct-Fired Intake Air Heating at Pennsylvania Coal Mines

John Krenzel, Penn State


Application of 5S to an Underground Coal Mine (King II Mine)

Josh Chlopek, GCC Energy


Through the Earth Communications

Dr. Steven Schafrik, Virginia Tech

12:10 p.m.



12:30 p.m.


Nicole Iannacchione


Luncheon Keynote Address:

The Coal Industry in America:  A Presentation for the SME/PCMIA Student Luncheon

Ryan M. Murray

Murray Energy Corporation


PCMIA Awards

Nicole Iannacchione

2:00 p.m.



2:30 p.m.

Technical Session 3:

Limestone Mining

Chairs: Nicole Iannacchione and Bob Kudlawiec


Surface to Underground: “IF” – “WHEN” – “HOW” (M/NM)

Bill Granville, J. W. Granville Consulting


The Development and Planning of Multiple Level Underground Limestone Mines

Dr. David Newman, Appalachian Mining & Engineering, Inc.


Rock Dust Surface Chemistry Modifications for Improved Dispersion in Coal Dust Explosion Mitigation Applications

Dr. Qingqing Huang, West Virginia University


7:00 a.m.

SME Business Meeting

Heather Trexler

8:00 a.m.

Opening Session & Remarks

Nicole Iannacchione


Keynote Address:

What the Heck Have You Been Doing All Year!

Timothy D. Arnold

SME President

8:45 a.m.

MEC Program Update

Dan Alexander

9:00 a.m.

SME Awards

Heather Trexler

9:45 a.m.



10:15 a.m.

Technical Session 4:

Engineering Projects II

Chair: Edward F. Zeglen, Jr.


The Deer Creek Mine Pool of Allegheny County, PA: History, Monitoring, and Treatment

John Van Ness

Adrienne Carney

Anthony Iannacchione


Steep Slope Coal Refuse Pile Closure Project

Robert C. Baker, Tetra Tech


Recover Extra Fine Coal with the SUB325TM Centrifuge

Tony Toney, Somerset Coal

11:45 a.m.



12:00 p.m.


Heather Trexler


Luncheon Keynote Address:

Telling Our Story:  Creating a Connection Between Mining and the American Experience

Bruce Watzman

National Mining Association

1:30 p.m.

Technical Session 5:


Chair: Michael Brnich


Implementing a Health and Safety Management System:  Insights from NIOSH Research

Dr. Dana Willmer, NIOSH


An Overview of NIOSH Mining’s MSD Prevention Research

Jonisha Pollard, NIOSH


Penn State Mine Rescue Team

Sam Baker, PSU


Professional Development Hours can be earned based on attendance at this event:

Thursday    8 PDH

Friday    6 PDH




Hilton Garden Inn-Southpointe
1000 Corporate Drive
Canonsburg, PA 15317


06-29-2016 10:59 AM

For hotel, go to Mention SME/PCMIA for special room rates. Cutoff for special rates is September 28.
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Mary DelRosso