3D laser scanning now at Simtars

08 Nov 2017

Simtars is developing new applications and services using the recently purchased 3D Point Cloud Laser Scanner. Potential applications of the scanner include:industrial accident and investigation supportresearchtraining scenario creationgeneral 3D visualisation.Unlike conventional photography, a laser scanner allows you to capture images in 3D space. At a detection rate of 1 million samples per second, the laser measures points in time and space to determine x y z coordinates. An object is displayed as a collection of dots or points, spaced millimetres apart, inside the virtual space. The scanner has a detection range of up to 270m distance with an accuracy of 3mm at 50m. The built-in camera overlays photographic imagery to provide colour texture to each point, or this image can ... Read more >>

Simtars Occupational Hygiene Services

03 Nov 2017

With Simtars’ ongoing global networking continuing to grow, so does our ability to serve local mining clients. For several years, Simtars has been collaborating with Lihir Island Mine in Papua New Guinea to help them gain a better understanding of the risk exposure of workers during operations. From an initial Health Risk Assessment undertaken in 2012, Simtars performed a baseline monitoring program and subsequent statistical analysis, identifying 37 similar exposure groups and analysing 140 sets of data collected from nine surveys over the past 12 months. The lessons learnt are invaluable to staff as we grow our understanding and capability in these global markets and apply this knowledge to the Queensland industry. Read more >>

Queensland Mining Industry Health and Safety Conference: Mining Legends Award

12 Sep 2017

In June this year, Simtars was approached by the Organising Committee of the Queensland Mining Industry Health and Safety Conference to help design and construct a trophy befitting a mining legend. This perpetual award was commissioned to recognise outstanding contributions by individuals in the field of mine safety and health. It also recognises their commitment to their fellow workers, by sharing their extensive knowledge about mine operations and safe work practices. These dedicated individuals have helped bring about change in legislation governing mine safety to ensure every mine worker goes home safe, every day.This year, the inaugural award was given to 2 deserving recipients: Ron McKenna and John Brady.John and Ron have both tirelessly served the mining industry acting as ... Read more >>

Spontaneous combustion in underground coal operations

04 Sep 2017

Spontaneous combustion is a major hazard in underground coal mining operations. If not detected early and managed properly, it can lead to death, injury, and productivity loss.Simtars is offering a face-to-face course in Dysart for 3 days at the end of September for supervisors, technical managers, and deputies and ERZ controllers who are charged with applying the spontaneous combustion management plan, and are currently working in underground coal operations.Participants will learn through theory and practical simulations covering topics including mining factors and mine design, physical and gas indicators, sampling and monitoring, and treating spontaneous combustion.Our trainers – Martin Watkinson, Lauren Forrester and Sean Muller – have over 55 years of underground experience combined, bringing a wealth of practical knowledge to ... Read more >>

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 >>