Toowoomba’s Wolff Mining has been named Contractor of the Year at the 2018 Queensland Mining Awards, held in Mackay last night.
The Queensland Mining Awards were co-hosted by the Bowen Basin Mining Club and the Queensland Resources Council, recognising mining industry contractors, suppliers and producers across eight peer-judged categories.
The winners are:
Greyhound Australia Cost Saving Initiative Award – Quarry Mining
Economx Time Saving Initiative Award – Downer Blasting Services
JCB CEA Project Innovation Award – Mine Energy Solutions
Hastings Deering Community/ Staff Engagement or EEO Award – Rio Tinto
QME Best Product Launch Award – Control Systems Technology
METS Ignited Collaboration Award – Unearthed/Origin Energy/Advance Queensland
McLanahan Safety Award- Greyhound Australia
Bowen Basin Mining Club Queensland Mining Contractor of the Year – Wolff Mining
Overall winners Wolff Mining were named a finalist in the Best Product Launch Award, and also narrowly missed a finalist spot in the hotly contested Collaboration category for their semi-autonomous dozer trials.
Wolff Mining’s trial of the Caterpillar Command for Dozing module at Curragh Mine near Blackwater was the first time that the technology had been successfully trialled in a production dozing environment – resulting in improved safety, productivity and cost outcomes, award organisers said.
Judges felt that for a mid-tier company, Wolff Mining showed a clear focus on innovation and took initiative in partnering with OEMs to operationalise technology that has the potential to change the face of mining.
The awards presentation was held during QME, Queensland’s biggest mining exhibition, in Mackay.