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

41st Sydney Basin Symposium – March 2019

Dalwood Estate – Hunter Valley NSW

Sydney Basin Symposium

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

Registrations and sponsorship are now open. Click on links below for further information and registration.

A welcome dinner will be held on Thursday 21st March 2019 (6:30pm – 10:30pm, Dalwood Estate).

The Sydney Basin Symposium will be held on Friday 22nd March 2019 (9:00am – 4:30pm, Dalwood Estate).

Registrations close Tuesday 26th February 2019.


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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 will be 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 have 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
We are pleased to announce that Marianne Harvey will be our guest speaker at the symposium dinner. Marianne will present on her 2016 Antarctica voyage as a part of the inaugural Homeward Bound program for women in STEMM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics and medicine). Please refer to symposium information flyer for further information and a biography.

Getting There
A bus will be available for transport to/from Dalwood Estate on the symposium dinner evening, for a cost of $16.50 per person.

The return bus will depart from Singleton (with a stop in Branxton), and will deliver you safely back to Singleton at the conclusion of the symposium dinner.

Bus stop locations and times are indicated in the updated promotional flyer (page 3). Times are to be confirmed. The bus will be stopping at designated locations only.

Please book your tickets for the bus when completing your symposium registration.

There is no accommodation at the venue, however there are several accommodation options in Singleton. We have sourced corporate rates with some providers and will be providing return transport to Singleton for the dinner – please see information provided in flyer attachment (page 3).

Previous Workshops

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.

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.

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)