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December 2018
AusIMM and AICD collaborate on the Director Pipeline Program
In a joint partnership with the Australian Institute of Company Directors (AICD), AusIMM was thrilled to offer three scholarships to senior female executive AusIMM members from Western Australia to participate in the Director Pipeline Program in 2018. The Director Pipeline Program (DPP), an exclusive program to Western Australia, delivers a series of events, workshops, and education programs that help senior professional women expand their networks, develop their skills and raise their Read More
December 2018
Why did AusIMM update its brand?
An overview of AusIMM's more modern look Our Future Directions strategy is a blueprint for AusIMM to be more contemporary and have a stronger external brand. Our recent brand update, launched at IMARC 2018, allows AusIMM to leverage off our existing brand equity while at the same time establishing a more modern look for the Institute. All major corporations update their brand in order to remain relevant. The logo of the global petrochemical company Shell first appeared in 1900 as a black Read More
December 2018
The difference between big and small companies: much more than just size
While small companies can be nimble, they face unique challenges that, if improperly managed, can affect the rest of the industry There are some obvious differences between large companies and small ones. Remarks such as, ‘you have to wash your own cup’ or ‘there’s no HR team around here’ imply a difference based on availability of resources and size of bureaucracy. These differences are easy to spot, and from a strategic point of view, are superficial. In our industry, the largest Read More
December 2018
The Resources 2030 report: sustainability perspective
The Resources 2030 Taskforce report, released in August 2018, considers environmental and social risks and opportunities in making its recommendations to the Australian Government for a more competitive resources sector. But best practice, mega trends, and community, regulator and investor perspectives may present challenges in how these recommendations are implemented. The Resources 2030 Taskforce, established by the Federal Government in March 2018, released its report titled Australian Read More
December 2018
Risks and rewards of pit lakes
Closure guidance has increasingly recognised the risks and opportunities surrounding pit lakes, and these should be considered in closure planning  Pit lakes have long been a legacy of large-scale open cut mining. However, pit lake closure plans have historically been developed (if at all) very late in the life of the mine. At this late stage, remediation and reuse options are more limited. This lack of early and thorough consideration in closure planning has resulted in thousands of Read More
December 2018
The Somerville Collection – a unique insight into Australia’s geological history
AusIMM is a founding member of the Somerville Collection company and continues to support the collection to this day, helping preserve Australia's geological past The Somerville Collection, located within the Australian Fossil and Minerals Museum in Bathurst, News South Wales, is one of the largest and most internationally renowned mineral collections in the world. The collection is that of Professor Warren Somerville AM, a lifetime collector and trader of minerals from across Read More
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December 2018
AusIMM Professional Workforce Survey 2018
AusIMM’s annual summary report into the current state of professional employment and remuneration in the resources sector suggests a marked upturn in employment and improved sector confidence AusIMM is the peak body representing professionals in the global resources sector. We deliver an ongoing program of professional development services to ensure our 13 000 members are supported throughout their careers, enabling them to provide high-quality professional input to industry and the Read More
December 2018
Professional perspectives: changes in the resources industry
We asked some of our resources professionals: what is the biggest change you've seen in the resources industry over the course of your career? Dale Sims FAusIMM(CP) Director, DSC Geoscience and AusIMM Director As a geoscientist, the biggest change has to be how the constantly evolving and expanding technology envelope allows us to visualise, analyse, model and communicate the complexity of just about any natural resource scenario. When I started out in the early 1980s, high technology Read More
December 2018
President’s editorial: Reflecting on the past two years as AusIMM President
It has been an honour to lead AusIMM for the past two years, and particularly in our 125th anniversary in 2018. I have been fortunate enough to visit many AusIMM Branches and communities throughout my time and thank everyone for the wonderful hospitality extended to my family and me. I am particularly proud of our Future Directions strategy, and the progress we have made to reposition AusIMM to survive and thrive as a relevant, inclusive and contemporary organisation for the 21st century Read More
December 2018
CEO’s editorial: AusIMM’s breakout year
2018 has been a transformative year for AusIMM. We have embarked on a major rebuild of our Institute to be a more contemporary, financially sustainable organisation with a stronger external profile. Our 2018 achievements include launching our online training platform, with our first course focused on JORC best practice; a new, fully mobile responsive website with improved member functionality; a redesigned brandmark that establishes a modern look for our Institute; and our Trusted Voice Read More
December 2018
Book Review: The Social Terrains of Mine Closure in the Philippines
Book author: Minerva Chaloping-March The social aspects of mining have always presented a major challenge to industry, and at the end of mine life the social dimensions (socio-economic, human rights, access to livelihoods, etc) often intensify. Yet, as Chaloping-March points out in The Social Terrains of Mine Closure, while mine closure planning may be promoted as good business practice, industry and government frequently focus on technical, precautionary and biophysical aspects, with less Read More
December 2018
The King Battery site, South of Kalgoorlie, WA
The King Battery site is 47 km south-south-east of Kalgoorlie, Western Australia (WA) on Woolibar (originally Wollubar) Station. It is accessed from a track off the eastern side of the Kalgoorlie-Kambalda Road, approximately 45 km south of Kalgoorlie/Boulder. King Battery has strong links with Ernest Lidgey, an early President of the Australasian Institute of Mining Engineers (AIME, now AusIMM). Heritage status of the site The site’s heritage significance and importance is due to the Read More
December 2018
Geological mapping in a connected world
Advances in geographic information and analysis systems have led to more streamlined and simple data capture processes, allowing increased accuracy, reliability and efficiency in mapping. Geological mapping and field data collection are fundamental components of any successful mineral exploration program. The technologies available to field geologists to conduct mapping and sampling have changed dramatically over the years. As geographic information (GIS) and data analysis systems Read More
December 2018
Exploration and early engagement
Respectful and early engagement with communities that may be impacted by mining operations is crucial, even during the exploration phase Mineral exploration presents many challenges and opportunities for building company value. In an increasingly complex world, different skills are needed to ensure exploration remains viable. While applying good geoscience is critical for targeting, it is also necessary that access to ground is maintained and that programs are executed efficiently. Read More
December 2018
Mining automation: enhancing precision
Following the huge interest and application of autonomous technology, industry case studies suggest that the true value of automation lies in its potential to deliver precise mining There has been sustained interest over the last 20 years in the potential of autonomy in mining. Much has been promised and a good amount delivered. Autonomous haul trucks, for example, are now commercially available from the major manufacturers, as is technology to automate some other operations. Nevertheless, Read More
December 2018
Exploration targeting and geophysical modelling on the Ranger Project Area
Making use of all available geoscience data to maximise exploration success Energy Resources of Australia (ERA) has been producing uranium in the Northern Territory for more than 35 years from the two Ranger deposits (Pits 1 and 3). Many of these years have been spent exploring for additional uranium deposits with considerable success, with up to nine smaller deposits discovered on the Ranger Project Area (RPA). Most of these discoveries are associated with a radiometric signature, derived Read More
December 2018
Obituary: Mervyn (Merv) Robjohns
Merv Robjohns was born in Broken Hill; he became a third generation mining man, following on from his grandfather and father who had worked at the Moonta Mines. It was a source of great pride to Merv that he worked for 40 years, to the very day, at the North Mine (Broken Hill). Commencing as a cadet mining engineer on 22 January 1942, he attended Broken Hill Technical College night lectures and graduated in late 1947 from Sydney Technical College with a Diploma in Metalliferous Mining Read More
December 2018
Book Review: Mineral Resources – from exploration to sustainability assessment
Book author: Manuel Bustillo Revuelta One of the great attractions of this book is its breadth and potential use as a one-stop shop for a wide range of mineral industry professionals. There are seamless connections between chapters that re-enforce how the mineral industry does, or should, work cooperatively between the professions, and the author has achieved a consistent approach that would be difficult to maintain with multiple authors. The structure of the book makes it easy to use; it Read More