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who is leading the research, said current practices in lift planning and crane operation were ineffective and severely out of date in terms of recognising and mitigating potential safety risks.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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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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