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

Please see below for the final conference schedule and preliminary technical paper information.


Tuesday 9th

Technical Tour/Golf
Evening Arrival Function

Wednesday 10th

Technical Sessions
Evening Welcome Function

Thursday 11th

Technical Sessions
Evening Conference Dinner

Friday 12th

Technical Sessions
Conference Concludes at 1pm


New plants & upgrades  |  Coarse coal  |  Fines coal  |  Dewatering  |  Efficiency and optimisation
Standards  |  Size separation  |  Prediction of flotation performance  |  Dry cleaning

Subject to change at any time.

technical papers and poster titles

Advanced Automation for Centralised Stockyard Operations.
The role of advanced automation technologies in supply chain management for bulk materials

Authorship: Bozard, A.
Company: FLSmidth

New Coal Preparation Australian Standards – Sampling Handbook and Density Tracer Tests

Authorship: Mathewson, D., Wood, C., Atkinson, B. and Docherty, J.
Company: Quality Process Solutions, Partition Enterprises, Basacon Services, SGS

Improved Fine Coal Classification

Authorship: Swanson, M., O’Brien, M. and Swanson, A.
Company: QCC Resources

Development of a DMC IIoT Condition Monitoring System

Authorship: Nethercott, C., Doudkin, S., Hitchcock, L. and Winnel, M.
Company: FLSmidth

Breaking DA Flotation Code

Authorship: Atkinson, B. and Evans, C.
Company: Basacon Services Pty Ltd

Improved Precision of Determining Coal in Urban Dust

Authorship: G. O’Brien, S. Koval, M. Campbell, N. Stanning, K. Warren, J. Campbell
Company: CSIRO Minerals/Steel River Testing/Coalbridge Operations

A comparison of Dewatering Technologies for Fine Coal Tailings

Authorship: Meiring, S.
Company: PasteTech Pty Ltd

Research and Application of X-Ray Based Dry Separation

Authorship: Author Yuan, A., Zong, J., Xu, B., Bai, G.and Song, K.
Company: Dadi Ltd

How Advanced Slurry Wear Analysis is Driving Cost Reductions in Coal Slurry Pumping

Authorship: Goodwin, J.
Company: Weir Minerals

Ravensworth CHPP Upgrade: Design, Commissioning and Optimisation of Ultra-Fine Coal Recovery

Authorship: Chamberlain, T., Mujic, D. and Flanagan, R.
Company: Glencore, Ausenco

Tale of Two Tails

Authorship: Jeating, J., Garlick, C. and Robbins, M.
Company: Yancoal Australia Ltd

Increasing Yields Across the Coal Chain By Drawing Insights from a Deluge of Digital Data

Authorship: Morshedi, R., Blake, S and Allsopp, B.
Company: WSP Australia

Optimise for Impact: Meeting Higher Output Goals with Low Costs Upgrades

Authorship: Anstess, B. and Knowles, C.
Company: McLanahan Corporation Pty Ltd

Goonyella CHPP Disc Filter Upgrade – Design, Construction and Commissioning 0

Authorship: Lees, G. and Vedelago R.
Company: QCC Resources Pty Ltd

Analysis of the Objectives and Efficiency of Fine Coal Classification Circuits

Authorship: Clarkson, C. and Hoffmann, D..
Company: C. Clarkson & Associates

Metallurgical Assessment and Process Design Considerations for typical Life-Extension Projects within the Witbank Coalfield, South Africa

Authorship: Boodhraj, S.
Company: Anglo American

Improving Dense Medium Cyclone Stability with the Addition of Non-Magnetic Material to the Correct Medium

Authorship: O’Brien, M..
Company: Queensland Centre for Advanced Technologies (QCAT)

Centrifugal Coarse Coal Basket Optimisation

Authorship: Visser, D.
Company: Aqseptance Group Pty Ltd

Powder Flocculant Reducing Operating Costs

Authorship: Gill, B and McHugh, T.
Company: ProSol Australia

Preparation of Flotation Product from Fine Coal Tailings

Authorship: Galvin, K.P., Dickinson, J., Cole, M., Borrow, D. and Sahasrabudhe, G.
Company: Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources

Lab Froth Flotation Testing Guide with Coal Quality

Authorship: McMahon, C.
Company: McMahon Coal Quality Resources

Sonoma Coarse Circuit Reconfiguration Design and Commissioning

Authorship: Hoffmann, D., Morgan, K. and Usher, L.
Company: Sedgman Pty Limited

Preliminary Investigation of the Precision of Tree Flotation

Authorship: Edward, D. and Goffinet, M.
Company: Sedgman Pty Limited

Filter Revamping, the Economic Way to Get Old filters Back on Track

Authorship: Hahn, J.
Company: BOKELA, GmbH, Germany

Back to Basics of Tailings Operation

Authorship: Walker, P.
Company: Bengalla Mining company Pty. Ltd.

Using High Performance Frother for Air Flow Rate Optimisation in Coal Flotation

Authorship: Dort, S., Dimech, L., Dickie, S., Lambert, N. and Czerwiec, B.
Company: BASF New Zealand Ltd

Optical Ash Meter Fines Circuit Optimisation Applications

Authorship: Sherritt, G., Bennetts, Z. and Meyers, A.D.
Company: A & B Mylec Pty Ltd

Mount Pleasant Operations CHPP – Start-Up

Authorship: Wilson, T. and Kropp, M.
Company: MACH Energy Australia Pty Ltd

Characterisation of Pressure (Hyperbaric) Filtration Performance

Authorship: Drummond, R. and Narbutas, B.
Company: QCC Resources

A Review of Current Dry Coal Beneficiation Techniques

Authorship: Hughes, N., Le Roux, M. and Campbell, Q.P..
Company: North-West University

Lifting the Bar on Sustaining DMC Efficiency

Authorship: Dimech, L.
Company: BMA

Tailings Management: An Overview and Technology Implementation with Acidic Process Environments

Authorship: Sommacal, E. and Vieira, M.
Company: Matec Pacific Australia

CHPP Performance Improvement Case Studies at Moatize

Authorship: Nkolele, T.
Company: Vale Moatize

Subject to change at any time, poster and papers are not listed in any specific order.
A more formulised program will be uploaded closer to the event.


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

9th-12th March 2021