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October 2016
Decision-making under adversity
Learning how the brain interprets and processes stressful situations can help the decision-making process in high-pressure environments We initially became interested in decision-making as a topic because of insights and evidence from the gender diversity debate. Organisations with both women and men on the leadership team in relatively equal numbers perform better on a range of measures including profitability, productivity, risk, customer satisfaction and staff engagement. And the Read More
October 2016
Mine closure – are we using the right drivers?
Moving beyond environmental liability to achieve sustainable social and economic outcomes Mining and resource projects are a temporary land use developed and operated under regulated tenure or licencing that must be relinquished once resource exploitation is complete. Generally relinquishment is regulated for safety, environmental protection and remediation of operational impacts. But under contemporary corporate social responsibility frameworks, many mining companies are now also seeking Read More
October 2016
High-energy blasting delivers mining and milling improvements at Mt Rawdon
A case study that explores the potential for increased mill throughout using high-energy explosives The Vistis™ Bulk System is a range of high-energy bulk explosives for use in hard rock metal mines. Vistis produces over three-and-a-half times the detonation pressure and triple the relative bulk strength of ANFO. The energy levels generated, and the speed with which they are released, delivers optimal fragmentation that reduces overall operating costs either through pattern expansion, Read More
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October 2016
Western Australia’s emerging uranium industry
An overview of the uranium projects currently being planned and assessed in Western Australia There are currently three mines producing uranium in Australia: the Ranger mine in the Northern Territory and the Olympic Dam and Four Mile operations in South Australia. In Western Australia, there is an emerging uranium industry with several projects well-positioned to commence when market conditions are favourable. In late 2008, a ban on uranium mining in WA was removed by a newly elected Read More
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October 2016
Solving poverty through market linkages
Establishing a positive and lasting relationship between mine companies and communities through economic empowerment As a result of a livelihood program supported by Base Titanium Ltd, a Kenyan farmer is able to make more money, feed their family and support their children in school. In return, by including the community – giving them purpose and providing them the tools to get themselves out of poverty – a mining company’s community development program will be more likely to succeed. Read More
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October 2016
What are appropriate rehabilitation standards?
Defining achievable rehabilitation standards will ensure that the legacy from mine sites will not become a burden on stakeholders Mine rehabilitation has been covered by an increasing number of newspaper articles in recent years showing that the topic is one of growing public concern (eg Slezak and Robertson, 2016). These articles suggest there is a growing sense of unease amongst the public that the industry is not taking rehabilitation as seriously as it should. Recent legislation such Read More
Recent Articles

Optimism in uncertain times: restoring confidence through options and flexibility
In times of market volatility, the use of real options technique has the potential to help reduce uncertainty and increase investor confidence The commodity and equity markets are characterised by high volatility and uncertainties, with the last decade witnessing an increase in these phenomena. As practitioners, events such as the global financial crisis, China’s economic slowdown and most recently the Brexit are only but a few instances that seem to question our conventional understanding Read More
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Driving mine performance through communication
Integrating mine production through improved communication can lead to better operational performance Mining operations face increasingly uncertain operating environments due to economic concerns, regulatory demands and profitability pressures. In general, operations confront these circumstances by extracting as much of the known resource as fast as possible at the lowest cost. This drives most productivity initiatives to be based on one of two core strategies: reduce costs by Read More
Not the greatest of shots because the light was fading fast.

What makes me so happy is I was able to KAP in 6-8 mph wind with the 8' Mike Jones Rokkaku.

Image was captured by a camera suspended by a kite line. Kite Aerial Photography (KAP)
The West African Exploration Initiative – a case study in development geoscience
Scientific research such as geoscientific exploration and an analysis can have beneficial effects for communities and governments In many countries the use of scientific research as a tool for development is an inherent part of the logic behind government support. To be clear, ‘development’ in this case refers to social and/or economic development, not the more common association of research and development (R&D) aimed at technological advances (although both may occur in a single Read More
Cover system performance monitoring for tailings – are we doing it correctly
Proper planning and monitoring of tailings storage facilities will ensure the best closure outcomes for key project stakeholders Successful closure of tailings storage facilities (TSFs) is an environmental issue faced globally. During the initial feasibility and design phase, importance is rightly placed on the physical stability of above ground TSFs. However, it can be argued that aspects of closure planning are not often considered to the same extent by comparison. Hence, a key message Read More
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Breaking down the barriers to rehabilitation success in the Pilbara region of Western Australia
The mining industry has a corporate responsibility to leave positive post-mining legacies - how might this be achieved? Western Australia’s Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) identified rehabilitation of disturbed landscapes as a key issue in its 2012-13 annual report. The report highlighted a lack of confidence in rehabilitation programs in the Pilbara, stating that it had been estimated that perceived best practice rehabilitation in the Pilbara often achieved a return of less than Read More
A nuclear waste repository for South Australia
The experiences of Finland, France and the United Kingdom highlight opportunities and challenges for South Australia in developing the world’s largest permanent repository for high level nuclear waste The South Australian Government established the Nuclear Fuel Cycle Royal Commission in March 2015 to undertake an independent and comprehensive investigation into the potential for increasing South Australia’s participation in the nuclear fuel cycle. One of the Royal Commission’s key Read More
How the Professional Employment Survey improves member experience
The response to the 2016 AusIMM Professional Employment Survey was strong, and I would like to thank everyone who completed this year’s survey. I would like to focus on the demographic data revealed by the survey and discuss why the survey is an important part of how the AusIMM engages with its members. With a response from 2472 professionals, the 2016 AusIMM Professional Employment Survey provides a representative cross-section of the Institute’s membership base. This year’s survey Read More
A light at the end of the tunnel?
In June 2016, the AusIMM asked all of its members to complete the 2016 AusIMM Professional Employment Survey. The response was strong again this year, and I thank all of the 2472 participants in this year’s survey. The AusIMM Professional Employment Survey gives an annual snapshot of how current industry conditions are affecting the employment status of our members, and provides the Institute with important information that it uses to improve existing services and deliver new programs. This Read More
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The AusIMM Professional Employment Survey 2016
An insight into the current state of professional employment in the minerals sector In June 2016, the AusIMM conducted its annual Professional Employment Survey. The survey, which is open to all AusIMM members, received a strong response, with 2472 professionals participating in this year’s survey. The survey uses the AusIMM’s unique position as the leading body for minerals industry professionals in Australasia to gain an insight into the trends and patterns currently affecting Read More
October 2016
George (Wally) Wallace McGregor
1925-2015 Wally was born in Dunedin, New Zealand on 9 April 1925. The son of a schoolteacher and a carpenter, Wally was the fourth of six children, with another half-brother and sister from his father’s previous marriage. Attending the Forbury Primary School in Dunedin, he soon developed a keen sense for arithmetic and comprehension. Wally then went on to attend King’s High School where he was appointed the role of school prefect. During this time, Wally joined the Royal Life Saving Read More
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METS Ignited seeks industry engagement on its pilot METS Living Labs Network initiative
METS Ignited, the industry-led growth centre for the mining equipment, technology and services (METS) sector established by the Australian Government, is developing initiatives to fast-track the innovation cycle, de-risk investment, and improve collaboration to strengthen Australia's mining innovation system. In September, METS Ignited put a call out to industry for input into its METS Living Labs Network. This initiative aims to encourage open collaboration between research and Read More
Top ten lists for metallurgical and mineral processing engineers
This article is republished here with permission from Mining Engineering, Vol. 68, No. 8, pp. 44-48, August 2016, by the Society for Mining, Metallurgy and Exploration Inc. This article is an attempt to capture a presentation given at the 2016 SME Mineral & Metallurgical Processing Division (MPD) Luncheon held on February 24 2016 in Phoenix, AZ. It was presented as a tongue-in-cheek, lighthearted view of several of the issues facing our industry, while identifying some of the Read More