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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Dec 12, 2017
Fusion-free solution for poly pipes

Fusion-free solution for poly pipes

Victaulic’s Refuse-to-Fuse system offers a mechanical joining solution for high density polyethylene (HDPE) poly pipes that promises to match the performance of fusion. HDPE is the fastest-growing piping material in mining, commercial and industrial applications, with adoption expected to increase by 5 per cent per year. The Refuse-to-Fuse system overcomes the hurdles that harsh weather and strict...

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Dec 06, 2017
Atlas Copco acquires Aussie drill specialist

Atlas Copco acquires Aussie drill specialist

Atlas Copco today announced it was buying mining industry drill company Rockdrill Services Australia. Rockdrill Services Australia is based in Melbourne and has service shops in Kalgoorlie and Townsville. The company develops, remanufactures, services and repairs rock drills used for mining and rock excavation. “The competent team at Rockdrill Services Australia will be crucial as we expand ou...

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Dec 05, 2017
Gladstone group well-grounded in technology

Gladstone group well-grounded in technology

Gladstone-based VAC Group has developed a new Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) device to detect underground services and disturbances. “Knowing exactly where various utilities lie beneath the surface is vital to ensure construction or maintenance can be undertaken safely and productively without unnecessary delays,” operations supervisor Lee Henderson said. “With that in mind VAC Group and subsidiar...

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Nov 26, 2017
Queensland start-ups shine in METS Ignited awards

Queensland start-ups shine in METS Ignited awards

Three Queensland-based mining tech startups have taken home awards from the recent Igniting METS Accelerator program graduation night. The 12-week program culminated in pitch events with industry representatives and the investment community as well as a graduation event in Brisbane. Vayeron from Mackay won the Customer Pitch Award, judged by corporate participants and potential clients for mining...

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Nov 24, 2017
Track conditions focus of computer modelling

Track conditions focus of computer modelling

Indonesian and Australian researchers are working to improve rail safety and efficiency through computer models that predict how railcars will respond to different track conditions. The researchers have created a successful model for passenger carriages and are developing models for freight trains. “For railways, it’s standard practice to measure the conditions of the track periodically,” Monash U...

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Oct 24, 2017
Cool Tube takes off

Cool Tube takes off

Fourteen months after his Cool Tube invention scooped the pool at the Queensland Mining Industry Health and Safety Conference innovation awards, central Queensland’s Mark Gleadhill says its success has exceeded all expectations. Since the awards recognition in August last year, Mr Gleadhill has received $100,000 in State Government funding, meaning he can refine his invention as he looks to boost ...

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Oct 02, 2017
Rio Tinto completes first driverless train run

Rio Tinto completes first driverless train run

Rio Tinto has completed the first fully autonomous rail journey at its iron ore operations in the Pilbara region of Western Australia as it progresses toward full commissioning of the AutoHaul project in late 2018. A pilot run of almost 100km from Wombat Junction to Paraburdoo was completed without a driver on board, making it the first fully autonomous heavy haul train journey in Australia. The j...

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Sep 29, 2017
Technology gives council the edge on road repair

Technology gives council the edge on road repair

Vehicles fitted with cameras and gyroscopes are helping Western Downs Regional Council meet the challenges of maintaining almost 7600km of roads. A roof-mounted camera captures a still image approximately every 10m, which is then analysed for edge breaks, pot-holes, bitumen stripping, cracking and squashes. The purpose-built gyroscopes record vibrations to give a reading on the ‘rideability’ of th...

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Sep 28, 2017
Breakthrough for wireless blasting

Breakthrough for wireless blasting

Explosives manufacturer Orica has announced the successful production trials of its WebGen 100 wireless electronic blasting system, in what it describes as a game-changer for the industry. WebGen 100 allows groups of in-hole primers to be wirelessly initiated by a firing command that communicates through rock, water and air. This removes constraints often imposed by the requirement of a physical c...

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Sep 20, 2017
Innovation in the blood for Pybar mining contractors

Innovation in the blood for Pybar mining contractors

Innovation is a big part of what makes underground mining contractor Pybar tick, according to business development and operations manager Dave Noort. The hardrock specialist has recently won a swag of Queensland contracts, including at the Thalanga operation south-west of Charters Towers and at Auctus Minerals’ Mungana and King Vol projects in the Chillagoe region. Mr Noort said Pybar would have a...

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Sep 20, 2017
Protection from wellhead erosion

Protection from wellhead erosion

WellDog has partnered with Queensland engineering firm Keli Oil and Gas Holdings to create ProSleave, a protection system to tackle erosion in wellheads. The invention is based on resistant, ceramic sleeves inserted into the wellhead to protect against solids-based erosion at key areas. ProSleave managing director Kevin Hadfield said the highly engineered system was simple and would greatly minimi...

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Sep 01, 2017
Golden solutions from Gekko Systems

Golden solutions from Gekko Systems

Gekko Systems and CSIRO are joining forces to commercialise new technology to allow gold plant operators to determine the gold content in mineral processing slurries in real time. Built on X-ray fluorescence techniques patented by CSIRO, the OnLine Gold Analyser (OLGA) is capable of detecting ultra-low levels of gold and other elements from a continuous process stream. This will help plant metallu...

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Sep 01, 2017
Townsville TARDIS takes innovation honours

Townsville TARDIS takes innovation honours

Townsville City Council has won recognition for project innovation at the inaugural IPWEA Australasia Excellence Awards. The council received the award for Excellence in Project Innovation for its TARDIS Software that captures data about rainfall and water levels. Community Health and Environment chair Cr Ann-Maree Greaney said the software provided valuable information for council and emergency s...

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Aug 31, 2017
Thrifty approach to environmental monitoring

Thrifty approach to environmental monitoring

Researchers are refining a wireless sensor network technology known as SEMAT (Smart Environmental Monitoring & Assessment Technologies) that may offer groups such as councils a budget-friendly means of obtaining continuous environmental data. The University of Queensland’s Associate Professor Ron Johnstone and Griffith University’s Dr Jarrod Trevathan are working on the technology. Dr Johnston...

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