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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Aug 18, 2017
Healthy interest in Queensland’s FitMachine

Healthy interest in Queensland’s FitMachine

A Queensland start-up company is making giant strides on the international stage with a sensor that is not much bigger than the palm of your hand. MOVUS chief executive officer Brad Parsons has just returned from a trade delegation to Israel where his product, the FitMachine, gained plenty of attention. About the same size as a hockey puck, Mr Parsons said the FitMachine, manufactured at the compa...

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Aug 17, 2017
‘Metallic glass’ offers iron-clad solution for wastewater

‘Metallic glass’ offers iron-clad solution for wastewater

Researchers from Edith Cowan University have developed reusable  ‘metallic glass’  that can strip impurities from water in minutes, offering a wastewater solution for mining and other industries. It was created by modifying the atomic structure of iron in a breakthrough recently documented in the journal Advanced Functional Materials. A thin strip of the metallic glass – develope...

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Aug 15, 2017
Port app keeps coal on track

Port app keeps coal on track

Gladstone Ports Corporation (GPC) has developed a new computer application to keep tabs on coal. Coal to Coast has been developed to visually represent the information and instructions associated with each train load of coal and is available to be viewed by RG Tanna Coal Terminal coal customers and GPC employees. The custom application ensures the correct coal type is unloaded to the correct stock...

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Aug 13, 2017
Komatsu’s next big thing a package deal

Komatsu’s next big thing a package deal

Komatsu Australia has pulled a range of ‘game-changing’ technologies together under its SMARTCONSTRUCTION concept, launched  in Australia and New Zealand this month. Komatsu Australia national technology solution expert manager – construction Aaron Marsh said SMARTCONSTRUCTION represented a huge advance in how contractors, project owners, quarry operators and miners could design, plan,...

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Aug 11, 2017
Robotics revolution aimed at SMEs

Robotics revolution aimed at SMEs

A robot that can see what it’s working on and make adjustments as it goes is being hailed the way forward for SMEs (small to medium-size enterprises) in manufacturing. The robot pictured above is being trained at Brisbane’s UAP (Urban Art Projects) to create large-scale, bespoke public art pieces that until now were impossible to produce economically. It is part of  an $8 million design robotics r...

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Aug 09, 2017
MMG embraces mine control technology

MMG embraces mine control technology

Micromine has commissioned its Pitram underground fleet management and mine control technology at MMG’s Dugald River mine in north-west Queensland. Construction for MMG’s Dugald River zinc project is more than 70 per cent complete, with first production targeted in early 2018. “We are very excited to have implemented Pitram at Dugald River,” Pitram business development manager Chris Ro...

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Aug 02, 2017
Fast download for cable with MPC innovation

Fast download for cable with MPC innovation

MPC Group is rolling out new technology as it rolls out cabling in the Surat Basin. The track-mounted Cable Crawler is a hybrid, modular unit designed to fit upon its fleet of winches for efficient installation of high voltage and fibre optic cabling,. MPC Group electrical superintendent Garry Muldowney describes the machine as 21st Century thinking. “Our R&D team put in extensive effort in th...

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Jun 23, 2017
Wolff Group push into semi-autonomous technology

Wolff Group push into semi-autonomous technology

The drivers’ seats may be empty, but that won’t stop these dozers pushing dirt. Toowoomba-based Wolff Group is putting the latest semi-autonomous tractor system technology to the test in real mine conditions, with three Cat D11T machines going to work at an open-cut coal mine in central Queensland from July. The Australian-first production trial is being conducted in partnership with Hastings Deer...

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