Engineers Australia

Logging of Core for Mining Purposes with emphasis on the CoalLog Manual

Joe Gough

The course aims to (further) educate geotechnical / environmental engineers, geologists and geotechnicians who find themselves logging and/or interpreting soil and rock logs in a Mining Environment and more specifically a Coal Mining Environment. The content assumes that the participants already have a basic understanding of soil and rock logging. The course is particularly relevant to professionals starting their careers or exposing their career to the (Coal) Mining Industry. The course could also be useful for senior level professionals wanting to refresh their general soil/rock logging knowledge and get familiar with the CoalLog Manual.

Joe will start the proceedings with an overview of geotechnical logging of in accordance with AS 1726 followed by some key finer points of AS 1726. Following this brief overview Joe will take us through the CoalLog Manual and outline its objectives and applications throughout the current industry. After lunch, Joe will lead the practical session where participants will work in small groups to apply the theory and log actual rock core. At the end of the day, outcomes will be discussed amongst all participants.

Presenter biography

Joe is a retired consultant engineering geologist and has worked across major civil, mining and oil and gas projects around the world since 1975. Joe’s qualifications are from UNSW (BSc (Hons)) and UQ (Masters Qualifying Course). He has worked on investigations for open cut mining, provided input in the design and construction for tunnels, dams, roads and pipelines and has a broad experience in extractive materials resource assessment. The majority of projects worked on by Joe prior to retirement in 2012 have been in the mining industry with Rio Tinto a major client. Joe’s mining experience has formed the basis of several seminar presentations and training courses.

Joe is a member of the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy and a Member of the Geological Society of Australia.


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