Published On: 11/24/2015

Modern American Coal Mining: Methods and Applications

New publication with case studies now available

As the leading international resource for technical information about mining and related industries, the Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration Inc. (SME) is pleased to announce the release of "Modern American Coal Mining: Methods and Applications." The publication covers a full range of coal mining and coal industry topics, with chapters written by leading coal mining industry professionals and academicians.

“SME’s global network of industry experts have contributed their professional knowledge and hands-on experience to create what has been called the single best source for information on today’s coal mining industry,” stated Dr. Jürgen F. Brune, a member of the SME Coal & Energy Division Executive Committee. “We are pleased to add this resource to our expanding library of mining industry publications available for members and nonmembers alike.”

This exceptional publication covers a full range of coal mining and industry topics including:

  • Coal industry statistics.
  • Ground control.
  • Ventilation.
  • Coal preparation.
  • Underground mine development.
  • Room-and-pillar mining.
  • Reclamation of surface-mined lands.

Highlights include coal resources and distribution, mine design, advances in strata control and power systems, improvements in surface mining, ventilation to reduce fires and explosions, and more. The text is enhanced with 11 case studies that are representative of underground and surface mines in the United States. Narrative descriptions and appropriate mine plans are presented, with attention to unique features and situations that are addressed through mine design and construction.

This invaluable 576-page book can be ordered from, and is also available as an eBook from, book order No. 352-6.


The Society for Mining, Metallurgy & Exploration Inc. (SME) is a professional society (nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation) whose more than 15,000 membership represents all professionals serving the minerals industry in more than 100 countries. SME members include engineers, geologists, metallurgists, educators, students and researchers. SME advances the worldwide mining and underground construction community through information exchange and professional development. SME's staff is located in Englewood, Colorado.

For more information contact John Hayden, Deputy Executive Director - Public Affairs and Government Relations, at (303) 948-4250 or