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August 2017
How predictive analytics is the future of asset optimisation in mining
A predictive maintenance strategy has the potential to allow mining companies to operate more efficiently, even during times of uncertainty The concept of predictive maintenance (PdM) has been around for a long time, but like the Internet of Things (IoT), it has only recently come to fruition in high-end industries thanks to digital transformation. PdM is defined as a group of emerging scientific technologies that are designed to help determine the condition of in-service equipment in Read More
August 2017
Disrupting the mining productivity challenge
Digital technology can be a key enabler of productivity and allow mining companies to execute more effective operational strategies During the super cycle, productivity fell to its lowest rate in more than 30 years, with the sector focusing on production at any cost due to an unprecedented boom in commodity prices. Over this period, many miners observed a decline in labour, capital and material (resource) productivity as they chased increasing production volumes. Interestingly, an Read More
August 2017
Science in the sandpit – developing a mining innovation hub in Western Australia
Bringing mining research closer to the action by developing a mining technology centre of excellence in Kalgoorlie-Boulder Based in Brisbane and jointly funded by the mining industry and the federal government, CRC ORE I (one) was established in mid-2010 with an initial five-year term. During this period, much of the initial discovery and development research was undertaken. It became apparent during this time that the impacts of declining grades, declining productivity and increasing Read More
August 2017
The future of mining: more digging through data than strata
The evolution of the industry, its opportunities and how best to equip the energy and resources sector of tomorrow The natural resources industry has long been a dominant player in Australia’s economy. Mining and related services employ more than 380 000 people. The industry accounts for 50 per cent of the nation’s export earnings, with the top 40 sector companies alone producing more than $400 billion in annual revenues (ABS, 2016). However, we have entered an era of extreme volatility Read More
August 2017
Moving from a social licence to operate to a social licence to close
Although many mining companies are familiar with the concept of a social licence to operate, a more holistic view looks at how the impacts of mine closure will affect stakeholders Social licence to operate refers to the ongoing acceptance and approval of a project, company or industry by its stakeholders. It is widely recognised that stakeholder concerns can and have resulted in increased operating costs, schedule delays, reputational damage and, in extreme instances, mine shutdowns. Last Read More
August 2017
The pathway to executive leadership
Perspectives from an executive recruiter and a leadership consultant on preparing for executive leadership positions A leadership shortage? Even in this prolonged downturn, good leaders are in strong demand. Since the Global Financial Crisis almost a decade ago, there has been a crisis of confidence that has raised scrutiny and expectations on leaders. In this high-pressure environment, many leaders have burnt out, never to return. Good leadership can be analysed ad nauseam or it can be Read More
Recent Articles

John Bruno ‘JJ’ Jakobson 1948-2017
With sadness and disbelief we are bidding farewell to John Jakobson, who passed away after a long battle with cancer. [caption id="attachment_11841" align="alignleft" width="229"] John Jakobson.[/caption] He was a consummate professional and a dear man. The Australian iron ore industry and the community of Newman would have been very different without his immense contribution and grand personality. John Jakobson, famously known in the Pilbara as 'JJ', has made an unprecedented Read More
MetFest Kalgoorlie: 17-20 October 2017
The inaugural Kalgoorlie Branch’s MetFest is happening! Kalgoorlie is hosting a four-day long program from Tuesday 17 October to Friday 20 October 2017. Thanks to our many sponsors, the majority of events are free to AusIMM members or otherwise at a significant discount. The Kalgoorlie MetFest opens with the option of one of two two-day training courses on Tuesday 17 to Wednesday 18 October. WASM-CRC ORE are providing the 'WASM Gold Operators Course', and Curtin Gold Technology Read More
2017 G D Delprat Distinguished Lecture Series
The AusIMM Metallurgical Society is very pleased to report that the 2017 G D Delprat Distinguished Lecturer is the greatly respected metallurgist Dr Robert Dunne. Robert was the Fellow Metallurgy at Newmont Mining Corporation before he retired at the end of 2013.  Prior to this he held the position of Group Executive-Metallurgy Development and Technology. Over the last 35 years Robert has worked for a number of mining companies including Newcrest Mining, Anglo American, Anglovaal and Read More
14th AusIMM Mill Operators’ Conference returns to Queensland in 2018
In 2018 the AusIMM Mill Operators’ series returns to Queensland, celebrating 40 years since this highly successful conference series started in Mt Isa in 1978. Technology advances over the last 40 years have changed the way our industry operates. Previous Mill Operators' conferences have investigated the evolution and survival of our industry through boom and bust, the experiences gained, the lessons learned and the challenges ahead. We have investigated how we can optimise our Read More
MetPlant 2017 – Handing over the baton
A very successful MetPlant 2017 was held in Perth from 11-12 September, the eighth in the series of AusIMM Metallurgical Plant Design conferences. [caption id="attachment_11787" align="alignleft" width="248"] David Pollard welcoming delegates.[/caption] The conference was attended by 312 delegates from 15 countries, with almost 30 per cent of participants coming from operations.  We received a record 83 abstracts from all over the world, from which 27, including 4 invited keynotes, Read More
Earth Science Week 2017: 8-14 October
Here is a selection of events and activities that are taking place during Earth Science Week 2017: Reboot of AGC's photographic census of Australian geology - snap a picture of a rock near you and share via #OzRockStocktake on Twitter and/or Facebook. In Canberra, join an adult's only tour of Geoscience Australia's Education Centre, or take a tour of the National Mineral and Fossil Collection the week after Earth Science Week. And there's always the Earth Science quiz! Perth's Read More
ICMM community relations workshop
1-3 August 2017, Brisbane The ICMM recently hosted a 'Regional Gathering of Community Relations Practitioners' at Rio Tinto’s offices in Brisbane. With attendee input, an agenda of workshops was established, enabling group work around: Measuring community support Dialog and reflection Causes of and responses to conflict Community benefits The three days of training and workshops were facilitated by Allison Mccallum (Training for Synergy Global) and Dr Sara Brice Read More
Infrastructure critical to mining success
[caption id="attachment_11824" align="alignright" width="270"] Maneesh Gupta.[/caption] AECOM’s Technical Director Maneesh Gupta joins the roster of speakers that will present at the 2017 International Mining and Resources Conference (IMARC) in Melbourne this October. This year’s program has introduced mining infrastructure as a key focus, with AECOM unquestionably a world leader in infrastructure design. IMARC General Manager – Asia Pacific Anita Richards said 'Given that AECOM Read More
Join the AusIMM Health and Safety Society
Staying up to date on health and safety topics is essential to all professionals working in the resources sector. As the Interim Chair of the AusIMM Health and Safety Society (H&S Society), I strongly encourage all members to join the H&S Society to receive news and resources relevant to this important field. Many AusIMM members have health and safety KPIs as part of their employment performance measurement. Safety is surely embedded as a 'way of thinking' for every mining Read More
Regulation and policy excellence a key focus at IMARC
Promoting best practice regulation and policy excellence will be a key focus at the fourth annual International Mining and Resources Conference (IMARC). Each year, with the support of the Victorian Government, IMARC attracts senior level government representatives from Australia and around the globe, with attendance expected from over 25 international ministers and government officials from significant and emerging mining jurisdictions including Ecuador, Iran, Mongolia, Greenland and Read More
Official launch – We Are Metallurgists, Not Magicians
MetPlant 2017 marked the official launch of Spectrum 23, We are Metallurgists, Not Magicians – Landmark Papers by Practising Metallurgists and Engineers. Papers written for AusIMM conferences, particularly those for the MetPlant and Mill Operators’ series, are valuable sources of technical information; however, unless you are at the conference or able to purchase the proceedings, too few metallurgists gain access to this information. David Pollard and Geoff Dunlop, with feedback from Read More
AusIMM New Leaders’ Conference report – Building our Future on the Foundations of History
This year’s New Leaders conference, titled 'Building our Future on the Foundations of History', was held in Melbourne on 7-8 August. In the days leading up to the Australian National Mining Games, AusIMM held the annual New Leaders’ Conference in Melbourne, Australia. The event was attended by a variety of current students and recent graduates from across Australia. In addition, many industry professionals were in attendance to share professional insights, upcoming industry trends, and Read More