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December 2019
Owen Hegarty: Setting the path for success
One of Australia’s most experienced mining identities believes this country can – and should – set standards for the industry worldwide, with AusIMM having a critical role to play Owen Hegarty denies with a laugh that he is thinking about world domination, but he firmly believes Australia is on track to take a leading role as the mining industry moves forward into the 21st century. ‘Aussie leadership is terrific. Whether it is leading groups, teams or companies, we’re very good at Read More
December 2019
Reflections, involvements and observations on my time in the mining industry
This is an edited speech that was originally delivered at the AusIMM North West Queensland Branch sixth annual regional conference. It is wonderful to be here in Cloncurry. One of the risks of having retired people speak is that they tend to look backwards more than forwards. Perhaps it is because the past was more exciting and longer lasting than the future looks like being. I will try to strike a balance in this speech by exploring several aspects of the past, the present and the Read More
December 2019
Adapt and perish: is the mining industry ready for the blockchain revolution?
Blockchain has the potential to transform contemporary businesses and entire societies. But is the resources industry ready to adopt the technology, or does it remain a buzzword with an unproven business case for mining? There is little doubt the mining industry must keep adapting to a progressively digital and automated environment as determined by Industry 4.0 (Dodd, 2019; Gooch, 2019; Sirinanda, 2019). Blockchain is ‘at the heart of Industry 4.0,’ or as Tapscott and Tapscott say, Read More
December 2019
AusIMM’s Thought Leadership Series report
Following the highly successful inaugural Thought Leadership Series in 2018, AusIMM visited five locations across Australia in 2019 to bring together industry professionals to discuss the future of our sector The series featured keynote presentations from Australia’s Chief Scientists and panels exploring how science and technology is shaping the future of the resources industry. This article is an excerpt of a longer report that looks in more detail at each of the topics covered by Read More
Top 10 AusIMM Bulletin stories of 2019
The following articles topped the AusIMM Bulletin website’s most-read list in 2019. 1 Profile: Laura Tyler – creating a high-performance culture Laura Tyler believes firmly in the importance of culture. ‘It is the keystone for high performance,’ she says. Without it, everything else falls away.’ 2 Profile: Sandeep Biswas – building trust and respect through action One of Australia’s leading mining company executives, Sandeep Biswas, says getting social licence right is just one Read More
December 2019
AusIMM Professional Employment and Remuneration Survey 2019
AusIMM’s annual summary report on professional employment in the resources sector suggests a sustained upturn in employment and continued sector confidence AusIMM is the peak body and trusted voice for all professionals in the resources sector and represents more than 13 000 members working in Australia and internationally. To inform its policies and strategic agenda, AusIMM conducts an annual Professional Employment and Remuneration Survey (PERS). This survey provides a unique and Read More
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December 2019
Our mineral heritage: past, present, and looking to the future
This is an edited excerpt of a presidential address delivered at AusIMM’s 1990 Annual Conference, held in Rotorua, New Zealand I propose to speak today about our mineral heritage. In common usage, ‘heritage’ refers to the past. It means the discoveries, the developments, the mines and the processing plants, the benefits, the consequences and the human experiences flowing from these. The history of the industry, inseparable from the history of the countries in which AusIMM operates, is a Read More
December 2019
Book review: The Geology and Resources of New Zealand Coalfields (AusIMM Monograph 33)
Edited by Alan Sherwood It’s rare to see a monograph written by a sole author, but I can’t think of any other practicing coal geologist in New Zealand aside from Alan Sherwood that has the breadth of knowledge, literary skill and professional character to carry this off. Monograph 33 is an authoritative, some might say overdue, update on NZ coal deposits and the resources they contain. It runs to 279 pages and is supplemented with six appendices. The colour maps, cross-sections Read More
December 2019
$2 million in new grants to encourage exploration of greenfield areas in NSW
The New Frontiers Cooperative Drilling program is managed by the Geological Survey of NSW and is part of the state’s strategy to promote investment in its mining and resources sector Explorers now have an additional $2 million incentive to search for deposits of traditional and high-tech metals across NSW, with a new round of grants to help cover the costs of exploration drilling now on offer from the NSW government. Deputy Premier and Minister responsible for Resources John Barilaro Read More
December 2019
Geological detective story leads to breakthrough
A new technique for geochronologists and sedimentologists will be put to the test in late 2019, providing unique information on the source of sedimentary rocks throughout Western Australia Accurately dating and tracking down the origin, or provenance, of rocks is critically important knowledge for explorers when targeting deposits. During the past two decades, geoscientists have used uranium-bearing minerals called zircon in sediment (detrital zircon) for the isotopic dating of rocks, Read More
December 2019
Queensland leads the charge to modernise data-driven exploration
The Geological Survey of Queensland is committed to enabling data-driven exploration in the state, and is running two new initiatives designed to modernise and make available large amounts of geoscience data In June 2019, the Geological Survey of Queensland (GSQ) launched a pilot of the GSQ Open Data Portal. The pilot contains 400 per cent more geoscience data than was previously available to industry online. The pilot has 1264 seismic surveys and 7275 geochemical data sets for Read More
December 2019
A gateway to healthier environments in WA’s hard-rock underground mines
A recent health and environmental study of existing conditions in a hard-rock operational underground mine could greatly benefit the wider industry Recent applied research work carried out at one of Western Australia’s (WA) underground gold mines has produced some very interesting and informative data. If acted upon, this health and environmental study of existing conditions in a hard-rock operational underground mine could greatly benefit the wider industry. The program consisted of Read More
December 2019
How to find high-grade talent
As a leader, a high-grade team is more fundamental to your success than a high-grade orebody. Here we explore the most overlooked sources of talent. The term ‘war for talent’ was first coined by McKinsey in 1997 to highlight the truism that good people are the foundation of business success (Michaels, Handfield-Jones and Axelrod, 2001). The phrase inspired a generation of mercenary recruiters. Armed solely with a headset and loud pinstripes, they indiscriminately plundered the ranks of Read More
December 2019
The benefits of formal mentoring programs
When properly managed, formal mentoring programs provide a range of opportunities for both mentors and mentees at all stages of their careers Although the goals of a mentoring relationship may differ according to context, all good mentoring partnerships involve the transfer of knowledge between a less experienced individual (the mentee) and the more experienced mentor. Mentors can provide insight and expertise to support the mentee’s individual growth and maturity (Allen and Eby, Read More
December 2019
Country snapshot: India
With more than 1500 mines in operation and only 20 per cent of the country’s reserves mined, India has the potential to become an even bigger player in the resources industry The seventh largest country in the world by land mass, and second largest in Asia (behind only China), India has an evergrowing population already well beyond one billion people. This figure accounts for roughly one-sixth of the world’s total population and is again second only to China (1.43 Read More
December 2019
Changing the face of mining
Social licence continues to be the top business risk for the mining and metals industry today. While it is promising to see the industry start to embrace new ways to more effectively engage communities, one could argue that the inherent problem still remains: the way we mine. Economies of scale over the past 50 years have seen mines become increasingly larger and larger. With the deepest mines extending kilometres below the surface, large scale mining is a feat of engineering that has Read More
December 2019
It’s time to better manage biodiversity in Australia
An overview of strategies that can help mitigate project risks and improve your organisation’s biodiversity footprint For any infrastructure, power, mining or oil and gas development, managing biodiversity and environmental values effectively is essential to securing project approval. Managing biodiversity is also a major factor affecting reputation and social licence. But beyond this narrow perspective, we need to recognise that our local approach to biodiversity matters in a global Read More
December 2019
Book review: Metals are where you find them: Geologist’s travels through six continents
Professor Peter Laznicka is the creator of Data Metallogenica, an unrivalled mineral collection from ore deposits worldwide. I have appreciated using this collection in my research and teaching, and we should regard it as a national treasure. This is a fascinating book covering Laznicka’s lifetime from humble beginnings in (what was then) Czechoslovakia to a career in mid-western Canada and then a new career in Australia. It is a serious economic geology book and yet written in a Read More