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August 2018
People first: mining across the globe
Stephen McIntosh has worked around the world on numerous projects, and now oversees growth and innovation at Rio Tinto from exploration through to closure. He firmly believes that all missing success comes back to a focus on people From the highlands of Papua New Guinea to the heart of Europe, Rio Tinto’s Stephen McIntosh has worked in almost 50 countries throughout his 31-year tenure with the group. ‘I’ve been privileged to work in so many countries during my 31 years with Rio Tinto and Read More
August 2018
Investing in new professionals for success
Thoughts on how we can prepare our new professionals to be leaders of tomorrow I have been working in mining since I moved to Australia and have been acquainted with mining even before then through my alma mater, the Colorado School of Mines. I have been privileged in my opportunities since graduating by being involved in a wide variety of industries such as technology, start-ups, medicine, research and mining. Mining has always been perceived as a more traditional or conservative industry Read More
August 2018
Professional perspectives: technologies, innovations or practices from other industries
We asked four resources professionals: what are some technologies, innovations or practices from other industries that we could be using in mining and metallurgy? Sara Prendergast MAusIMM Senior Manager – Performance Reporting APA, Orica Australia; and Director, AusIMM For our industry to harness and leverage the value available from new technologies and innovations we need to capture the talent and imagination of exceptional people and have the support of our communities. This will Read More
August 2018
From start to finish – improving sustainable development aspects of life-of-mine practices
This article is abridged from the concluding paper in the recent AusIMM Spectrum 24 From Start to Finish: A Life-of-Mine Perspective. The full publication is available from ausimm.com/shop  In this article, we have reviewed historical and current life-of-mine (LOM) practices from a socioeconomic and environmental perspective. We describe what leading LOM practice aspires to be and discuss lessons learned to improve future LOM practice. Historical practice The last 30 years have seen a Read More
August 2018
Educating the next generation of geologists
This is an edited extract of a keynote presentation originally delivered at the Tenth International Mining Geology Conference in 2017 Australia has a long tradition of providing high-quality geoscience programs to prepare graduates for entry to the workforce or undertake further studies. Employment opportunities in the future will be significantly different from those of the past and educational pathways need to provide for this. Geoscience graduates must have highly transferable generic Read More
August 2018
In situ recovery – a move towards ‘keyhole mining’
Acquiring the minerals needed for modern society requires significant investment and effort. In situ recovery is one approach that could reduce or eliminate the inherent expensive challenges of conventional processing Human demand for travel; metal structures and their accompanying heating, cooling and lighting; and the luxury (or rather, necessity) of mobile phones and laptops has contributed to the estimated consumption of almost half a million kilograms of rocks, metals, and fuels per Read More
Recent Articles

Seven billion reasons to visit Australia’s ‘spiritual home of mining’ this October
In less than two months, Australia’s largest mining event will attract investors with billions in their pockets to Melbourne for four days of learning, unparalleled networking and deal-making at the fifth annual International Mining and Resources Conference (IMARC) taking place in Melbourne from 29 October to 1 November. Early numbers are suggesting that over 250 mining companies with a combined market cap of more than $786.2 billion mining projects will be vying for the attention of Read More
Mentoring for young Community and Environment professionals
The AusIMM Community and Environment Society is initiating a pilot mentoring program for young community or environmental professionals working on site or in regional areas. We believe there is a need to support young professionals in locations where they may not have access to the same level of support and networking opportunities as those based in metropolitan areas. Expressions of Interest are being sought from prospective mentees that meet the following criteria: Working or Read More
Core Skills for Geoscientists – Brisbane 2018
The second joint AusIMM/AIG ‘Core Skills for Geoscientists’ course was run in Brisbane from 6-10 August. The event had 20 attendees and the interest was such that the course was oversubscribed. People came from Western Australia, South Australia, Victoria and New South Wales as well as the local Queenslanders in attendance. The Exploration Data Centre (EDC) team were a fantastic help loading the core for display and assisting with all logistics (even picking up lunch!). Experience Read More
Western Australia – updated FIFO code open for comment
The WA Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (WA DMIRS) has released an updated draft code of practice to help promote and maintain the mental health of FIFO workers in Western Australia. Public comment on the code, titled 'Mentally healthy workplaces for fly-in fly-out (FIFO) workers in the resources and construction sectors', is currently being sought with a closing deadline of 21 September 2018. For more information, including how to submit comments, visit the WA Read More
Celebrating AusIMM member milestones 2018
Every year, the AusIMM celebrates our members who have reached important membership milestones. In 2018, 849 members reached milestones of 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70 or 75 years of membership. Congratulations to all members who have reached their membership milestones during 2018. Our members are the strength of the AusIMM and we value their service and commitment in supporting the Institute. View the full list of milestones. Read More
The emerging challenge of internet security
Internet security is a rising concern in an increasingly digital world. How should minerals consultants deal with this risk? If you are a minerals consultant, there is no doubt that the issue of internet security will have affected you in some way. The topic was raised at a recent Consultant’s Society Committee meeting and it was agreed to prepare a note on this topic, sharing current observations, in the hope that it might promote further discussion. This is not an advice note – Read More
WIMnet Conference Grant recipient report – 2018 Mine Waste and Tailings Conference
WIMNet Conference Grant recipient Di Liu describes her experience at the recent AusIMM Mine Waste and Tailings Conference. As a successful recipient of the WIMnet Conference Grant for the AusIMM Mine Waste and Tailings Conference, July 2018, I would like to express my sincere appreciation for the grant, the AusIMM WIMnet, and the conference organising committee. From attending and presenting at the conference, I found it is a great opportunity and experience to share the research Read More
Global Mining Leaders keynote speaker highlight: Ric Gros
[caption id="attachment_13959" align="alignright" width="300"] Ric Gros.[/caption] METS Ignited CEO Ric Gros will feature during the highly anticipated Global Mining Leaders conference Day 2 session 'How to benefit from technological disruption'. Ric has more than 30 years' experience in senior leadership roles across mining equipment, mineral processing, infrastructure, construction, B2B industrial, fast-moving consumer goods and global supply chains. Ric’s career has included Read More
Global Mining Leaders keynote speaker highlight: Nick Holland
[caption id="attachment_13957" align="alignright" width="300"] Nick Holland.[/caption] Nick Holland, Gold Fields CEO, will feature on day 2 of the Global Mining Leaders conference. Gold Fields Limited is a globally diversified gold producer with seven operating mines in Australia, Ghana, Peru and South Africa, and a total attributable annual gold-equivalent production of approximately 2.2 million ounces. Under Nick the company has introduced its vision of 'Being the global leader Read More
Global Mining Leaders keynote speaker highlight: Tony O’Neill
[caption id="attachment_13961" align="alignright" width="300"] Tony O'Neill[/caption] Hear from Tony O’Neill, Group Director – Technical, Anglo American on day 2 of the Global Mining Leaders conference about how to benefit from technological disruption. The Anglo American Group operates a portfolio of high quality and long-life resource assets through innovative practices and technologies. They have mining operations in southern Africa, North and South America and Australia. Tony Read More
Global Mining Leaders keynote speaker highlight: Rowena Smith
In the modern operating environment, it is imperative that mining companies are socially and environmentally responsible. [caption id="attachment_13963" align="alignright" width="237"] Rowena Smith.[/caption] Rowena Smith, South32's Chief Sustainability Officer (CSO), will share her insights on the importance of trust for competitive advantage during Session 2 of AusIMM's Global Mining Leaders conference. South 32 are a global resources company, listed on three continents and with Read More
IMARC returns to Melbourne in 2018
Victoria's renaissance as a mining destination will gather more momentum when Melbourne hosts the 2018 International Mining and Resources Conference (IMARC) in late October this year. Last year IMARC attracted more than 4000 mining leaders, policy makers, experts, innovators and educators from 82 countries including 33 international mining ministers and governments. In a first, this year the IMARC event will also coincide with the International Council on Mining and Metals (ICMM) Read More