Another technically advanced conference program is in full planning for the 18th ACPS Conference.

Please see below for the final conference schedule


Brisbane (AEST) 12th March, 2021
Start Finish Session Title Authors Session Chair
7:00 8:00 Registration
8:00 8:15 Opening ACPS LOC Chairman
8:15 8:30 Welcome ACPS National Chairman
8:30 10:30 1 Dense Medium Separation Chris Wood
A Design and commissioning of the
Sonoma CPP upgrade
Hoffmann, D., Morgan, K. and
Usher, L.
B Lifting the bar on sustaining
DMC efficiency
Dimech, L.
C Development of a DMC IIoT
Condition Monitoring System
Nethercott, C., Doudkin, S.,
Hitchcock, L. and Winnel, M.
D Improving Dense Medium Cyclone
Stability with the addition of Non-Magnetic Material to the correct medium
O’Brien, M.
10:30 11:00 Morning Tea
11:00 12:30 2 Dewatering 1 Dale Hoffmann
A Goonyella CHPP disc filter
upgrade – design, construction and commissioning
Lees, G. and Vedelago, R.
B A comparison of Dewatering
Technologies for fine coal tailings
Meiring, S.
C Filter Revamping, the economic
way to get old filters back on track
Hahn, J. and Elsmore, A.
12:30 13:00 Lunch
13:00 15:00 3 Fines Processing
A Analysis of the Objectives and
Efficiency of Fine Coal Classification Circuits
Clarkson, C. and Hoffmann, D. Chris Clarkson
B Preliminary Investigation of the
Precision of Tree Flotation Test
Edward, D., Mariano, R.A.,
Voyzey, F. and Goffinet, M.
C Optical ash meter fines circuit
optimisation applications
Sherritt, G., Bennetts, Z. and Meyers, A.D.
D CHPP performance improvement
case studies at Moatize
Nkolele, T.
15:00 15:30 Afternoon Tea
15:30 16:30 P1 Poster Papers 1 Glen Sherritt
P1A Improved Precision of
Determining Coal in Urban Dust
O’Brien, G., Koval, S.,
Campbell, M., Stanning, N., Warren, K. and Campbell, J.
P1B Lab froth flotation evaluation McMahon,C.
P1C Advanced automation for
centralised stockyard operations
Bozward, A. and Rietschel, F.
P1D Using high performance frother
for air flow rate optimisation in coal flotation
Dort, S., Soars, L, Dickie, S., Lambert, N. and Czerwiec, B.
Virtual Only  (AEDT) 17th March, 2021
Start Finish Session Title Authors Session Chair
10:00 11:00 4 A Le Page Lecture Andrew Swanson
(Mis)Adventures in fine coal
processing from a US perspective
Arnold, B. J.
Crowne Plaza Hunter Valley
19th March, 2021
Start Finish Session Title Authors Session Chair
7:30 8:30 Registration
8:30 10:00 5 New Plants and Upgrades Darren Mathewson
A Mount Pleasant Operations CHPP –
Wilson, T. and Kropp, M.
B Ravensworth CHPP Upgrade:
Design, commissioning and optimisation of ultra-fine coal recovery
Chamberlain, T., Mujic, D. and
Flanagan, R.
C Tale of Two Tails Keating, J., Garlick, C. and
Robbins, M.
10:00 10:30 Morning Tea
10:30 12:00 6 Efficiency and Optimisation Ben Narbutas
A Optimise for impact: Meeting
higher output goals with low cost upgrades
Anstess, B. and Knowles, C.
B Improved Fine Coal
Swanson, M., O’Brien, M. and
Swanson, A.
C Modelling Coal Flotation at a
Fundamental Level
Atkinson, B. and Evans, C.
12:00 12:30 Lunch
12:30 14:00 7 Dewatering 2 Bruce Atkinson
A Back To Basics of Tailings
Walker, P.
B Characterisation of Pressure
(Hyperbaric) Filtration Performance
Narbutas, B. And Drummond, B.
C Examining the moisture of clean
flotation products from fine coal tailings
Borrow, D. J., Dickinson, J. E.,
Cole, M.J., Sahasrabudhe, G. and Galvin, K. P.
14:00 14:30 Afternoon Tea
14:30 16:30 8 General Matthew Swanson
A New Coal Preparation Australian
Standards Sampling Handbook and Density Tracer Tests
Mathewson, D., Wood, C.,
Atkinson, B. and Docherty, J.
B How insights from digital data
can increase yields across the coal chain
Morshedi, R., Blake, S. and Allsopp, B.
C Telligent dry separator: a
high-efficient dry sorter for coal, and its prospects in Australia context
Bai, C. Z., Xu, X.D., Zhao, C.
X., Yuan, X.M, Zong, B. and Song, Z.B.
D A review of current dry coal
beneficiation techniques
Hughes, N., Le Roux, M. and
Campbell, Q. P.
16:30 17:00 P2 Poster Papers 2 Neil Gibbs
P2A How advanced slurry wear
analysis is driving cost reductions in coal slurry pumping
Goodwin, J.
P2B Tailings management: an overview
and technology implementation of high-pressure filtration
Sommacal, E. and Vieira, M.



Friday 12 March

Technical Sessions
QLD Conference Dinner

Wednesday 17 March

Arthur Le Page Lecture

Friday 19 March

Technical Sessions
NSW Dinner


Barbara J. Arnold

For her R&D contributions and accomplishments in all facets of coal processing, particularly froth flotation, computer simulation, flowsheet development, and plant evaluation.

AIME Frank F. Aplan Award in 2013

Barbara J. Arnold received her B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in mineral processing from The Pennsylvania State University. She specialized in coal froth flotation, fine particle processing and coal petrology. Her research and development experience has included projects for government and industry-funding agencies as well as for private companies. Her research has covered the development of a coal cleaning simulator, coal handling, coal blending, coal-cleaning characterizations and flowsheet evaluations.  Her project management experience includes the development and management of project budgets, project schedules, oversight of project personnel and reporting functions.

Arnold is a registered professional engineer and president of PrepTech Inc. in Apollo, PA. Her company offers engineering services to coal companies in the form of balanced flowsheets for preparation plants, bid specification packages, and preparation plant evaluations. In addition, PrepTech is the U.S. representative for Multotec Process Equipment and PrepQuip from South Africa and also represents CLI Corp.’s ClimaxX magnetic separator.

Arnold is the author of more than 50 publications and many technical reports. She was the 2003 chair of the Coal & Energy Division, and has served on many of its committees. She has also been a member of Mineral & Metallurgical Processing Division committees. She received the J. W. Woomer Young Engineer Award from the Coal Division in 1992. In addition, she received the Henry DeWitt Smith Trust of AIME scholarship for graduate studies in mineral engineering for 1985-86. She serves on the editorial boards of Mining Engineering, Coal Preparation and the International Journal of Mineral Processing.

Creating a vision for the future

18th ACPS Conference Coal Rush 2021

12th, 17th & 19th March