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June 2017
Can connected mining be used to avert the next mining crash?
How companies can navigate the difficult phases of the mining cycle and create sustainable profitability 'Connected mining’ is gaining momentum in the mining industry. Many of the major players are either implementing it, or talking about it. It sounds simple, but finding a sustainable and systematic way of connecting the face to the market and responding appropriately has proven elusive to many. Successfully implementing connected mining could represent a revolution in the way a mining Read More
June 2017
Innovation: State of Play – iron ore insights
This is an excerpt from a paper to be presented at Iron Ore 2017, which will be held in Perth from 24-26 July. Visit the Iron Ore 2017 website for more details on the conference program and registration. Innovation: State of Play was initiated three years ago by VCI in partnership with the University of Western Australia. The ambition was to create a ‘think tank’ type platform to support industry discussion on performance in terms of innovation at a strategic level, what needs to change Read More
June 2017
Iron ore classification and the future of resource development
The AusIMM and CSIRO are co-hosting the Iron Ore 2017 conference, which is being held in Perth from 24-26 July. Visit the Iron Ore 2017 website for more details on the conference program and registration. The ability to accurately predict the downstream processing performance of any given orebody is crucial for resource evaluation, development decision-making, and maximising output. However, without an ore textural classification scheme and an appropriately characterised resource, Read More
June 2017
Keeping pace with the cycle – from ‘on plan’ construction to ‘efficient’ production
Instilling the skills and operational mindset to meet the new production-focused environment in the mining industry Switching gears through the mining super cycle requires new thinking and skills As mining companies move from the construction phase to the production phase of the commodity super cycle, management teams must ensure their organisations’ skills and focus are geared toward delivering the right outcomes. From 2003 to 2015, most mining companies focused on the expansion of Read More
June 2017
President’s Editorial: Embedding inclusion in our work practices
Following a period of strong economic headwinds, there are signs that the mining industry may be returning to a period of growth. According to employment website SEEK, the number of mining and resources roles advertised in the three months to April is 70 per cent higher than the same period in 2016. IPOs are also up on the previous year, and EY has reported a rebound in purchases of heavy mining equipment. As cautious optimism returns to our industry, there will likewise be greater Read More
June 2017
How miners can improve water management
Water management is one of the most significant issues facing mining companies – what is the best approach to ensure sustainable and efficient operations? Contemporary water management is much more than simply complying with regulatory requirements. Miners need to take a new approach based on sustainable water management practices to improve efficiency and earn a social licence to operate. The need for this is readily apparent, when considering that water security is one of the Read More
Recent Articles

Mining leaders connect with technology, finance and the future
Some of the biggest names in mining and resources will share their knowledge and experience with delegates at the 2017 International Mining and Resources Conference (IMARC) in Melbourne from October 30 to 2 November. Whether you’re looking for insights on investment from Sprott’s Rick Rule, the latest on nuclear energy and environmental management from Michael Shellenberger or an inside look at the importance of infrastructure from Adani’s Jeyakumar Janakaraj, this year’s event has Read More
Innovation in mining and mineral recovery – is there more to life than froth and bubbles?
Professor Robin Batterham AO FAusIMM will be delivering the AusIMM Hunter Region Branch Jameson Distinguished Lecture on Thursday 3 August, 2017. The following article is based on the lecture to be delivered, which is titled 'Innovation in mining and mineral recovery – is there more to life than froth and bubbles?' View the event flyer for more information on the lecture and to register. [caption id="attachment_11273" align="alignleft" width="200"] Professor Robin Batterham AO Read More
MetPlant 2017 – registrations are now open and the program is being finalised
MetPlant conferences are about metallurgical plant design and operating strategies, and aim to showcase world’s best practice in both the technical sessions and the conference exhibition. MetPlant2017 will be held in Perth, 11-12 September 2017. The conference website is http://www.metplant.ausimm.com.au/. Delegates and exhibitors to MetPlant include planning engineers, design and construction engineers, metallurgical managers and operations metallurgists, equipment suppliers, Read More
Helium: are there commercial resources in onshore Australia?
The below abstract is for a proposed webinar to be run by the AusIMM Consultants Society (ConSoc). ConSoc are currently seeking expressions of interest on the below topic; to register your interest to attend this proposed webinar please email consoc@ausimm.com.au.  Helium (He) is a gaseous mineral that occurs as a constituent of some natural gas resources and is present in the atmosphere at 5·2 parts per million. It is a mono-atomic gas that is in fact an Alpha particle from the Read More
June 2017
Common factors in the implementation of new technology in the mining industry
This is an excerpt from a paper to be presented at Iron Ore 2017, which will be held in Perth from 24-26 July. Visit the Iron Ore 2017 website for more details on the conference program and registration. There is significant value at stake in the mining industry from the implementation of new technologies that support the enhanced profitability and sustainability of mines. However, in order to realise this value, new technology must be implemented in a way that is both effective and Read More
Keeping the conversation going – reflections on the 12th AusIMM International Uranium Conference
It was my pleasure to again perform the official duties in Adelaide for the AusIMM International Uranium Conference 2017 on behalf of Conference Chair Mark Chalmers and AusIMM President Colin Moorhead. Now in its 12th consecutive year, the AusIMM International Uranium Conference continues to be the premier event within the Australian and international uranium industry. There was a common theme running through this year’s event – about the importance of 'keeping the conversation going' Read More
June 2017
Book Review – Monograph 31 Mineral Deposits of New Zealand: Exploration and Research
Edited by Anthony B Christie New Zealand is the most geologically dynamic and active of continental ‘fragments’, being slowly ground apart along the margin of the Australian and Pacific Plates. Powerful braided rivers race straight across giant alluvial plains to the sea. Active, and recently active volcanoes of immense proportions loom on the horizon of any road trip. And the slope instabilities faced when building cities and infrastructure on unstable landscapes are evident on most Read More
June 2017
The measurement of comminution processes in tumbling mills
Development of the non-contact acoustic array approach to answer key questions for semi-autogenous grinding, autogenous grinding and ball mills with a view to diagnostics, control and understanding The challenge of tumbling mills Comminution using energy intensive tumbling machines are the mainstay of mineral processing plants, especially in the hard rock sectors that include the recovery of gold, platinum and copper. The types of mills include the semi-autogenous (SAG)/autogenous (AG) Read More
An overview of the Global Comminution Collaborative
A collaborative research team that brings together expertise from around the world to address industry challenges 'As a networked group spanning the globe we can develop an outstanding capability in the field of comminution research and practical delivery well beyond our potential as individual groups.’ This vision drove the formation of a rather unique collaborative involving six applied research groups in universities across five continents. The Global Comminution Collaborative Read More
June 2017
Canada’s National Orphaned/Abandoned Mines Initiative
The return of mining lands project and looking to the future Mining has been central to Canada’s economy for more than 100 years, and supplies mineral commodities worldwide. The long history of mining has left many abandoned mine sites that require varying degrees of rehabilitation. The legacy of orphaned/abandoned mines – with associated environmental liability, human health concerns, and the social and financial cost of clean-up and long-term monitoring and maintenance – is a serious Read More
June 2017
The positive impact of registered professionals
Registration is fundamental to being a professional and is beneficial and necessary to protect the public, maintain public confidence and uphold standards of practice Professional registration – be it for doctors, lawyers or engineers – is something sure to provoke debate amongst the individuals working within that profession. Some feel the registration of professionals is essential, while others see it as a bureaucratic burden. It is my ardent belief that registration is fundamental to Read More
Notes from the AusIMM WIMnet Chair
It seems that whenever I come to write my thoughts for the Bulletin, I am somewhere other than home. [caption id="attachment_11078" align="alignleft" width="236"] Kate Hobbs.[/caption] This time I am bouncing around in the back of a car, travelling through the streets of Jakarta on my way to the airport. Over the last three days I have learned a lot about the impact of cultural differences on how organisations are managed and the challenges faced by companies operating in foreign Read More