SCT pioneered the understanding of coal pillar behaviour in an Australian Mineral Industries Research Association (AMIRA) funded project “Coal Pillar Design Guidelines” completed in 1995. This project was a state-of-the-art study based on field measurements of coal pillar behaviour in a range of geological settings, laboratory tests of coal behaviour and numerical modelling.

SCT provides expertise in pillar design for mine safety, roadway protection and subsidence control. Our team of engineers has experience of pillar design, computer simulation, and field monitoring in a wide range of geological conditions.

SCT provided expert advice on several major highway design projects where existing mine pillars from abandoned mines posed a risk to the infrastructure and mine void back filling was used to eliminate the hazard.

For expert advice in pillar design for mine safety, roadway protection and subsidence control, please contact Dr Ken Mills.

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