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2017 EK Healy

18 Aug 2017

This year’s EK Healy Competition was held at the Queensland Mines Rescue Service (QMRS) Dysart Rescue Station. A number of scenarios were presented to the rescue teams, ranging from firefighting to underground simulations in a series of connected shipping containers.The Simtars mobile laboratory was on site and was used to monitor the gas products from the mine inertisation unit (MIU). The MIU is based on a Polish jet fighter engine which produces 20-25 m3/s of inert gases and water vapour. It was formerly known as the GAG. Simtars gas chemists, Lauren Forrester and William Valo, achieved this by using the onboard tube bundle system and gas chromatograph.The reports were fed back to QMRS to enable the fine-tuning of the running ... Read more >>


Mine safety journal shines a light on Simtars’ emergency response services

07 Aug 2017

Simtars is delighted to feature in the winter 2017 edition of the Australasian Mine Safety Journal (AMSJ). The publication has a full length feature on our services, with a particular focus on our emergency response capabilities, preventative services and developments.Emergency responseOur emergency response capability can deploy quickly, with personnel and the mobile gas laboratory on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. The Simtars emergency response team supports Queensland Mines Inspectorate investigations—we formed part of the emergency response to the Moura No. 4 mine disaster in 1986 and Moura No. 2 mine explosion in 1994. We were also the first to offer international assistance for New Zealand’s Pike River mine disaster in 2010, with 20 of our staff ... Read more >>


Simtars: sharing our stories at QMIHSC

21 Jul 2017

The theme for this year’s Queensland Mining Industry Health and Safety Conference is ‘Sharing my story’ and Simtars staff have some great stories to share. Three of our staff are presenting at the conference in addition to 7 other Department of Natural Resources and Mines staff.The Simtars team will share a range of stories – observations from a lifetime in coal, what the data tells us about keeping contract workers safe, and in the 13th anniversary year after the Moura No.2 disaster – the ongoing work of Task-Group-4 in emergency response.Make sure you plan your conference well, visit the QMIHSC website for more information and the program.Simtars is delighted to have 3 of our team presenting at this years' Queensland ... Read more >>


Successful trials of Mine Escape Vehicle at Centennial Newstan Mine

25 May 2017

The Simtars Research Team, working with staff from CSIRO, carried out successful underground trials of the Mine Escape Vehicle (MEV) at New South Wales, Centennial Newstan mine during March.The MEV project was established in 2002 in response to the Moura No 2 mine disaster in 1994. It is one of the few remaining recommendation made from the inquiry that has not been implemented.The 2001 Level One exercise at Kestrel Mine demonstrated the need for the MEV when the Queensland Mine Rescue Service (QMRS) and the incident management team were unable to respond to survivors deep underground.The project stages included:R&D into diesel engine options to enable safe vehicle operation in high methane environmentsadaption to retrofit existing mine vehicles for rescuedevelopment of ... Read more >>


Simtars wins the ‘We Deliver’ DNRM 2017 Achievement Award

12 Apr 2017

David Phipps and Diane Lostroh worked tirelessly with the Safety Training Centre team and Senior Mines Inspector Tilman Rasche to deliver two weeks of high quality training in India. This prestigious annual award was one of only five received across the department.Mine Safety and Health training was delivered to 25 mine managers from Coal India—the largest coal mining company in the world.The team worked closely with staff across Simtars and Mine Safety and Health to tender, develop and deliver an intensive suite of specialised technical and regulatory training modules for the mine managers, who in turn are able to deliver the training to other Coal India staff.The project was a two-year logistical feat which involved coordinating technical education content, training ... Read more >>


Students and teachers from Moura State High School meet the Simtars Team

11 May 2017

The first site visit for 2017 wrapped up a moment ago here at Simtars. Students and teachers from Moura State High School spent the morning meeting members of the Simtars Executive Team and technical staff. Given the two Moura mine disasters in the 80s and 90s, there is an intrinsic link between Simtars and Moura. Simtars was established to prevent disasters such as those that devastated the Moura community. Following visits to (and demonstrations of!) the Virtual Reality Immersive Training Theatre and the ever-popular Propagation Tube, the students now have a better understanding of what Simtars does to ensure every mine worker in Queensland goes home safe, every day. ... Read more >>


Simtars attends the 2017 Coal Operators Conference

12 Apr 2017

The 2017 Coal Operators Conference (COAL 2017) was held in Wollongong on 8-10 February 2017, with over 100 industry delegates in attendance.As Professor Naj Aziz from the University of Wollongong stated, the conference has been a unique platform for professionals from the coal industry, consultants, universities and research organisations to gather and discuss various issues of importance. The topics presented addressed a variety of issues related to the current mining needs and challenges, which were innovative and technically challenging and generated thought provoking discussions. Coal 2017 attracted 41 papers mainly from Australia as well as from other countries. Three papers were presented by Simtars, including new advances in mine site gas analysis using micro-gas chromatographs (Lauren Forrester, Yet-Hong Li and ... Read more >>


Simtars installs Safegas and Camgas systems in Turkey

12 Apr 2017

The Mine Safety and Technology team from Simtars, recently finalised the installation of our very own gas monitoring technology in Turkish mines.Our gas monitoring systems, Safegas (tube bundle) and CAMGAS are now operating in Eynez East Mine in Turkey.Simtars’ Safegas has been the leading gas monitoring system used in Australian underground coal mines for over the last 25 years. Simtars’ CAMGAS is the gas monitoring package, which incorporates EzGas Pro and a dedicated introduction system for delivery of mine gas samples to a superfast micro gas chromatograph. The data generated by these two systems is used for studying the explosibility of gas mixtures which enables users to identify potential hazards underground and address problems effectively. ... Read more >>


Bundamba students visit Simtars

09 Mar 2017

Year 12 students from Bundamba State Secondary College spent time at Simtars on 1 March 2017. The students toured the facilities and met with technical and other specialist staff. Following demonstrations the Virtual Reality Immersive Training Theatre and the ever-popular Propagation Tube, the students now have a better understanding of what Simtars does to ensure every mine worker in Queensland goes home safe, every day. Many of the students will enter a career in the mining sector and other allied industries. Being able to see first-hand the valuable work we do to ensure mine safety and health is maintained throughout Queensland mines was a great way of reinforcing their decision to follow their chosen career path knowing they will be ... Read more >>


Simtars wins best paper at 35th AIOH Annual Conference

24 Feb 2017

Principal Occupational Hygienist Greg Manthey was the lucky recipient of the Best Paper award at the 35th Australian Institute of Occupational Hygienists annual conference recently. Greg, and Mines Inspector Fritz Djukic authored ‘1-Bromopropane an environmentally friendly neurotoxin’, which outlines the results of field testing conducted at Simtars. The testing was initiated following an incident where a Queensland coal mine worker was exposed to a chemical solvent containing 1-Bromopropane and sustained neurological symptoms (outlined in Safety Alert no. 233). They are donating the $1,000 prize money from this success to A Miner’s Legacy.The conference was held at the Gold Coast in December 2016. ... Read more >>


Monitoring respirable dust in coal mines training

24 Feb 2017

Register now for our latest accredited course in respirable dust monitoring. Tailored to meet the needs of industry and coal workers, Monitoring respirable dust in coal mines (BSBWHS409 Assist with workplace monitoring processes) is delivered face-to-face by our Safety Training Centre experts over two days. For coal workers who need to carry out respirable dust sampling at a coal mine in line with the current Australian Standards, this training opportunity is a must. Course participants will gain the skills and knowledge required to monitor, measure, collect, interpret, evaluate and report on respirable dust exposure data.Participants are required to complete written theory and practical assessments during the course . ... Read more >>


Mackay staff visit the Redbank facility

30 Jan 2017

The Simtars team in Mackay visited our Redbank facility this month for an in-depth orientation day. The team spent the morning meeting our leadership team and discussing issues that are important to not only Simtars but also Mining and Energy Resources (MER). Our Deputy Director-General Rachael Cronin spoke to the team about how Simtars fits in to the MER business.The Mackay team also participated in various demonstrations on site, showcasing the testing Simtars does to ensure safety and health in the mining and allied industries. Our Engineering, Testing, Certification and Calibration department provides testing and certification of flameproof equipment used underground. This testing is one of the major methods used in limiting the possibility of explosions caused by the use ... Read more >>


Simtars attends international conference

30 Jan 2017

Gareth Kennedy, Director of the Mine Safety Technology and Research Centre at Simtars recently attended the 2nd International Conference Fibre-optic and Photonic Sensors ​for Industrial and Safety Applications held at the University of Queensland.Photo attached [left to right: Dr Saiied Aminossadati (UQ), Prof David Cliff (UQ), Dr Gareth Kennedy (Simtars), Dr Mohammad Amanzadeh (UQ)] Read more >>


Shandong Academy of Science delegation visits Simtars

30 Jan 2017

Simtars recently hosted a delegation from Shandong Academy of Science.The group was led by Prof Tongyu Liu who is a professor in laser optics at the academy and CEO of Shandong Micor-Sensor Photonics Ltd. The group are experts in fibre optic sensing technology. The attached photo was taken while the group were being shown a demonstration of Simtars’ mobile gas lab facility. Read more >>


QMEA 2017 Ambassadors

20 Dec 2016

Members of the 2016 Student Ambassador Program from the Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy recently met with members of the Simtars Executive Team and technical staff.Demonstrations of the Virtual Reality Immersive Training Theatre and Propagation Tube gave the students a better understanding of what Simtars does to ensure every mine worker in Queensland goes home safe, every day.Many of the students will themselves enter a career in the mining sector and other allied industries. Being able to see first-hand the valuable work we do to ensure mine safety and health is maintained throughout Queensland mines was a great way of reinforcing their decision to follow their chosen career path knowing they will be safe. Congratulations to the graduating student ambassadors ... Read more >>