Nov 11, 2018
Top line in pit slope monitoring

Top line in pit slope monitoring

GroundProbe has released new slope stability monitoring technology described as the highest spec radar on the market. The SSR-Omni has a 360 degree angle for complete coverage from inside a mine pit, and can see rock move 0.1mm from as much as 5.6km away. “It also features the highest definition of 0.08 degree pixels, meaning smaller rocks can be detected through millions of measurements recorded ...

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Nov 06, 2018
Deep and meaningful drone breakthrough

Deep and meaningful drone breakthrough

Drone technology to gather data in underground mining operations is at the centre of a venture that has raised $3.5 million to commercialise its first product, Hovermap. Queensland-based Emesent is a spin-out from CSIRO and its Hovermap technology automates the collection of valuable data in underground areas too dangerous or difficult for people to survey or navigate, such as stopes or ore passes...

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Nov 06, 2018
New approach to arsenic attracts collaboration award

New approach to arsenic attracts collaboration award

Core Resources and Mineral Technologies’ partnership in the development and commercialisation phase of the Toowong Process has been recognised with a METS Ignited Collaboration Award for 2018. The Toowong Process is a novel leaching technology that removes arsenic at the mine-site, and then “fixes” it in an environmentally safe and stable form that enables final disposal at the mine-si...

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Nov 03, 2018
Excavators headed down electric avenue

Excavators headed down electric avenue

Cummins and Hyundai Construction Equipment have jointly developed an electric powered mini excavator. “As electric vehicles continue to expand their share in the automotive market, we are simultaneously seeing the electrification of commercial power systems being pursued by many as both an environmentally friendly and economically sustainable solution for construction equipment,” HCE...

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Oct 23, 2018
Semi-autonomous drilling milestone for Anglo American

Semi-autonomous drilling milestone for Anglo American

Anglo American has announced a milestone in its FutureSmart Mining program, with drilling conducted at its Dawson coal mine in central Queensland using a machine operated by a controller situated 4km away. The overburden (OD14) semi-autonomous drill is the first in the company’s metallurgical coal fleet to be fitted with this capability. “This is a significant step towards FutureSmart Mining...

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Oct 09, 2018
Software to lift crane safety on construction sites

Software to lift crane safety on construction sites

A team from Monash University’s Department of Civil Engineering is using game engine software to improve crane safety. Dr Yihai Fang, who is leading the research, said current practices in lift planning and crane operation were ineffective and severely out of date in terms of recognising and mitigating potential safety risks. They could not respond to rapid changes and the increasing complexity of...

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Sep 01, 2018
Winning project in water pipe analysis

Winning project in water pipe analysis

A CSIRO project to help predict which water pipes need maintenance before they burst has won the Excellence in Data Science category at this years’ Eureka Prizes. Scientists from CSIRO’s Date61 Smart Infrastructure Team developed an analytical tool that can make intelligent predictions about water pipe failures. This gives the ability to better prioritise pipes for maintenance and in t...

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Jul 13, 2018
Autonomous iron ore delivery milestone

Autonomous iron ore delivery milestone

Rio Tinto has achieved the first delivery of iron ore by autonomous train in the Pilbara, Western Australia. The autonomous train, consisting of three locomotives and carrying around 28,000 tonnes of iron ore, travelled over 280km from Tom Price mining operations to the port of Cape Lambert on July 10. It was monitored remotely by operators from Rio Tinto’s Operations Centre in Perth more than 150...

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May 21, 2018
Innovative Mackay start-up venture is on a roll

Innovative Mackay start-up venture is on a roll

Trudging many kilometres alongside underground mine conveyors for maintenance checks was the spur that got engineer Ryan Norris thinking about a better way of doing things. Years of work have transformed his idea into Smart-Idler technology, with his company – Vayeron – entering commercial trading this year. The company’s outstanding innovation and ability to navigate the start-up scene saw ...

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Apr 19, 2018
D-Day for Pulse Data Centre

D-Day for Pulse Data Centre

The FKG Group’s $40 million Pulse Data Centre will officially open in Toowoomba today. The first regional tier III data centre of its kind in Australia, Pulse Data Centre adds to the estimated $11 billion worth of developments under way in Toowoomba, enhancing the city’s attractiveness to global businesses. FKG Group executive chairman Gary Gardner said the data centre placed the Garden City in li...

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Apr 18, 2018
Caterpillar launches Next Gen digging machine

Caterpillar launches Next Gen digging machine

Caterpillar is launching its new Next Generation Excavator (NGH) in Brisbane this week, promising a machine that can dig out six tonnes of dirt a minute. Standing over 2.9m tall and weighing up to 25 tonnes,  the first model in Australia is set to be unveiled to more than 130 Queensland construction industry figures at the Powerhouse. Distributor Hastings Deering says 25 machines have been sold to...

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Apr 10, 2018
Whole-of-blast system for mining

Whole-of-blast system for mining

Dyno Nobel has launched a new ‘whole-of-blast’ solution for the mining industry in Australia. Incitec Pivot chief technology development officer Robert Rounsley said the DigiShot Plus.4G System was an extremely advanced system featuring a fast and simple deployment method. “The team has developed a ‘whole-of-blast’ solution and this is providing world class value for our customers and ...

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Apr 04, 2018
Komatsu releases new model mining truck

Komatsu releases new model mining truck

Komatsu has upgraded its popular HD1500-7 mining truck with the release of the HD1500-8 mechanical drive dump truck. The manufacturer says the 142 metric-tonne capacity hauler is designed to reduce cost per tonne through such features as highest payload in its class, faster cycle times, improved fuel efficiency, longer component life and enhanced maintainability. “Our new HD1500-8 truck will furth...

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Mar 02, 2018
Orica steps up in explosive delivery technology

Orica steps up in explosive delivery technology

Orica has released new explosives delivery system technology for the open-cut mining sector –  the Bulkmaster 7 Mobile Manufacturing Unit. The company says the Bulkmaster 7 increases productivity and safety on bench, and represents another significant step towards automating drill and blast operations in the future. “The Bulkmaster 7’s significantly increased payload, load-out rates and bin ...

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Feb 19, 2018
Applications open for 2018 CEEC Medal

Applications open for 2018 CEEC Medal

The Coalition for Energy Efficient Comminution (CEEC) is calling for mining and minerals processing personnel and researchers to showcase the advances they’ve made over the past 18 months. Applications are now open for the 2018 CEEC Medal, which recognises the most outstanding published papers, articles or case studies that profile energy-efficient comminution and minerals processing strategies. M...

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Feb 06, 2018
Autonomous haulage technology reaches 10-year mark

Autonomous haulage technology reaches 10-year mark

Komatsu is celebrating the 10th anniversary of the commercial deployment of its Autonomous Haulage System – the technology which allows Rio Tinto to remotely control haul tricks in the Pilbara from its operations centre in Perth. More than 100 AHS trucks operate in Australia, North and South America in a variety of mining environments and Komatsu says it plans to accelerate the pace of the s...

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Feb 01, 2018
Trends transforming the mining industry

Trends transforming the mining industry

The year 2018 will be one of rapid change in the mining industry, according to the latest edition of Deloitte’s Tracking the Trends report. The report explores potential industry disruptors, like the growth opportunities presented by the battery market, and the future of work “Looking back just 20 years, it would have been hard to believe that nickel, lithium, cobalt and graphite would be an affor...

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Dec 26, 2017
Company shows how the west was won

Company shows how the west was won

Townsville-based Pacific Rim Technical Services has recently won its largest ever contract, a high-profile lithium mine in Western Australia, proving that in business, distance is measured less in units than the extent you’re willing to go to deliver a good service. PRTS will supply the project, located close to Port Hedland, with density, flow, level and pressure Instruments, according to owner G...

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