The Coalfield Geology Council of NSW has a strong history of encouraging professional development for geoscientists. The CGC presents a series of one day workshops to provide high level, cost effective training from industry leaders.

Workshop topics include:

Coal Quality



Regional Geophysics



Upcoming Workshops

Previous Workshops

41st Sydney Basin Symposium – March 2019

Dalwood Estate – Hunter Valley NSW

Sydney Basin Symposium

The 41st Sydney Basin Symposium was held in March 2019 in the Hunter Valley.

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The Sydney Basin Symposium provides a forum for geoscientists to share knowledge and advance our understanding of the major sedimentary basins of Eastern Australia.

The Sydney Basin Symposium was initiated by the University of Newcastle in 1966, as the long-running symposia series  ‘Advances in the Study of the Sydney Basin’. This was the 41st symposia in the series, covering topics including (but not limited to) coal geology and coal quality, mine geology, exploration, hydrogeology, petroleum geology, geophysics, environmental and social, state of the industry, and climate change.

We received a range of interesting submissions and selected 17 scientific talks for the day, covering topics including coal geology and coal quality, geophysics, geotech, coal seam gas, geochronology, and groundwater. 

Dinner – Guest Speaker
Marianne Harvey presented on her 2016 Antarctica voyage as a part of the inaugural Homeward Bound program for women in STEMM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine).

Coal Quality Workshop – 13th and 14th February 2018

Presented by ALS Laboratories

Course Details

Date:- 13/14th February 2018

Location:- ALS Laboratories – Mayfield West

Presenter:- Adrian Reifenstein – Business Manager ALS Global

Section 1: Introduction to Coal

Section 2: Measuring Coal Quality
Coal Sampling; Coal Sample Preparation: Coal Analytical Tests: Coal Laboratory Quality Control

Section 3: Control of Coal Quality in the Coal Chain
Borecore Programs: Coal Preparation: Delivering On-specification Coal: Coal Sales

Section 4: Coal Quality and Utilisation Performance
Coal Use in Power-stations: Coal Use in Steelmaking: Coal Use in Pulverized Coal Injection Processes

Section 5: Laboratory Tour (1/2 Day)

Coal Quality Workshop – July 15, 2016

Presented by: Colin Ward

This workshop provides an excellent grounding in coal quality. Topics covered include coal testing and analysis, coal petrography and coal quality assessment in exploration and mine geology.

Introduction to Geostatistics – September 18, 2015

Presented by: Monica Davis, MD Geology | Rebecca Jackson, Xenith Consulting | Shaun Ayshford, Ayshford Geological Services

A workshop on using geostatistical analysis in coal resource assessment, focussed on understanding basic principles, interpreting and sense checking results. The course was attended by 20 geologists, with experience ranging from 5 to 30 years.