Ernest Henry Mine near Cloncurry was the setting for the Australian Institute of Mine Surveyors North Queensland regional seminar last weekend.
Co-ordinator Paul Hancock, from Glencore, said 22 surveyors attended the event and enjoyed the opportunity to discuss issues of interest and hear from a number of industry sponsors.
“The seminar had a theme of ‘show and tell’, which was intended to give presenters an opportunity to share what they have been working on lately,” Mr Hancock said.
“A common theme was the implementation and management of monitoring systems from both the suppliers and their clients.
“It’s highly relevant to mine safety, and systems are changing rapidly with the advancements in measurement technology.
“A tour of the Ernest Henry underground mine was also conducted the following day, showcasing the crushing, conveying and hoisting infrastructure.”
Mr Hancock said AIMS was working hard to address a skills shortage in the surveying and spatial sciences field, as well as a gender gap in mine surveying.
“A recent study by BIS Oxford Economics forecast the skills deficit (to last) at least another five years,” Mr Hancock said.
“It is particularly evident in the more specialised field of mine surveying.
“Over the next two years, AIMS will be concentrating further effort in promoting the survey profession through universities and school career days.”
Mr Hancock said AIMS was also keen to see more women working in mine surveying.
“AIMS is committed to reducing the gender gap within mining and (with that in mind) a scholarship was developed in 2017 for females commencing or continuing their studies in eligible fulltime spatial science courses,” he said.
Mr Hancock said AIMS worked hard to be a representative body for all its members.
“We are here to actively support our members, maintaining competency by conducting regular seminars, including a major annual conference, typically in August, each year,” he said.
“It is a rewarding institution to be a part of and I encourage all those affiliated with our profession to join up.
“For further information on AIMS, visit our website https://www.minesurveyors.com.au/ and for those interesting in joining our profession, a great resource is https://www.alifewithoutlimits.com.au/ that covers everything from study pathways through to career resources.”