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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 currently the only 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 technology to ... 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 >>


India trip improves health and safety

20 Dec 2016

Simtars representatives recently returned from a 2-week visit to India.The agenda included the International Mining and Machinery Exhibition, Global Mining Summit 2016, Coal India Round Table, Indian School of Mines and a number of networking functions. Simtars has worked with India for the past 17 years to improve safety and health outcomes and is widely known and admired across the Indian mining sector.This relationship helps to improve safety and health knowledge in the Indian industry, offsets costs to the Queensland industry and supports achievement of our vision to be recognised as a global centre of excellence in mine safety and health. ... Read more >>


New training program

28 Nov 2016

Simtars and the Queensland Mines and Rescue Service have joined forces on a new training program that will see more than 250 underground and surface emergency response workers undertake training and accreditation in Dysart and Blackwater during 2016–17. Read more >>


NATA Board of Directors

09 Dec 2016

Director of Simtars' Engineering, Testing, Certification and Calibration Services branch, Mr David Turner recently received notification that his position on the National Association of Testing Authorities Australia (NATA) Board of Directors had been reappointed. NATA is the authority that provides independent assurance of technical competence through a proven network of best practice industry experts for customers who require confidence in the delivery of their products and services. A dedicated and long-serving staff member of Simtars, David is widely respected by his industry peers and staff at Simtars for his expertise and indepth knowledge in the field of electrical engineering. Congratulations David! ... Read more >>