Jonathon C. Ralston

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The use of ground penetrating radar (GPR) for detecting the presence of near-surface interfaces is a scenario of special interest to the underground coal mining industry. The problem is difficult to solve in practice because the radar echo from the near-surface interface is often dominated by unwanted components such as antenna crosstalk and ringing,(More)
This paper describes the development of a new ground penetrating radar system for measuring coal thickness in underground mining operations. Although subsurface radar exhibits significant potential for depth measurement, the raw signals are complicated and cannot be readily interpreted by mining personnel. We show how real-time digital signal processing(More)
The detection of coal/shale interfaces close to the surface using ground penetrating radar (GPR) is difficult because the echo is drowned in unwanted signal components. These components are susceptible to changes in amplitude and cannot be removed well by standard pre-processing techniques. Second order correlation based methods such as matched filtering(More)
The use of ground penetrating radar (GPR) for detecting near-surface interfaces is a scenario of special interest to the underground coal mining industry. The problem is difficult to solve in practice because the radar echo is often dominated by unwanted components such as antenna crosstalk and ringing, ground-bounce effects, clutter, and severe(More)
Nonlinear system identication involves selecting the order of the given model based on the input-output data. A boot-strap model selection procedure which selects the model by minimising bootstrap estimates of the prediction error is developed. Bootstrap based model selection procedures are attractive because the bootstrap observations generated for the(More)
This paper reports on an industrial application of modern signal processing technology in the development of a new automatic conveyor and bolting machine for underground coal mining. The machine is of special interest to the mining industry as it improves mine personnel safety as well as increasing the efficiency of roadway construction. We show how(More)