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Online Training: Legacy Coal Mining: Ground Models and Mining Effects

14 - 16 May 2024
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Legacy Coal Mining: Ground Models and Mining Effects

This two-day interactive course is intended as an introduction to the assessment and treatment of historical Coal Workings in the UK for early career professionals and as a refresher course for working professionals.

Coal mining has altered the landscape and stability of the ground beneath us. Since 1872, records of abandoned mine workings have been required but they can be incomplete, and mining may have taken place before this date. 

The Coal Measures are a complex sequence of sediments disturbed by faulting and folding. When investigating sites for development or infrastructure, the potential for coal workings being present requires a geologist with knowledge of how coal measures were formed, their sequences and structure, and an ability to interpret three-dimensional geology and when historical workings have been undertaken. An understanding of mining techniques and practices is also required.

Learning objectives

  • Coal Measures stratigraphy, structure and relevant geological principles
  • Sources of data and records for an effective literature search
  • Techniques used for working coal to understand legacy workings
  • Techniques and examples of site investigation design to establish ground stability
  • Techniques and approaches to the treatment of mine shafts, audits and workings to deliver a stable site


Andrew Moore – Technical Director at Tetra Tech

Scott O'Neill – Ground Engineering Rail Sector Lead at AECOM


Modules are 3.5 hour sessions each, including presentations, group exercises, question & answer sessions with speakers and tea breaks.

Each day will start at 9.30 and will finish at 16.45.

Day one (14 May):

1. Geology and Stratigraphy
2. Coal Workings and Records

Day two (16 May):

3. Investigation Design and Techniques
4. Coal Workings Treatment

Timings to be announced shortly.


 Fellow   £425
 Non-Fellow  £850
 Student Member
 Student Non-Member

If you are not a Fellow of the Society, save money for this course and much more by applying for Fellowship. Find out further details.


We offer students a generous discount. Please verify your student status by either registering with your student email address, or uploading a photograph of your student identification/acceptance letter.

The Society offers a limited number of concessionary rates for those in financial hardship. Contact [email protected]. (Please note you may be required to provide details/evidence to support your application for this.)


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Registration will close 24 hours before the event takes place.

We can offer bespoke discounts on group registrations of five or more. Please email [email protected] to enquire.


This event will be held virtually. Delegates will receive joining instructions the day before it takes places.


Please email [email protected] with any enquiries.

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