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 of the issues the industry must address for greater success in the future. In a world where scrutiny of mining operations is higher than ever before, Sandeep Biswas, MD and CEO of Newcrest Mining, says there has been a dramatic rise in questions about social licence. ‘[Social licence] is business critical. Expectations have changed dramatically since I started work, in Read More
April 2019
The miner and his gold: a modern fable
Is the industry missing out on unearthing buried treasure by hoarding their data? In 1999, former CEO of Goldcorp Rob McEwen attended a lecture at Massachusetts Institute of Technology about the benefits of employing open source software (Afuah, 2009). Inspired by this framework and the value created by open collaboration, McEwen realised the significant potential for applying this concept in the mining industry. Finding new exploration targets presents a key resources sector Read More
April 2019
AusIMM annual compliance report 2018
The Professional Conduct and Ethics Committee's report on their work upholding compliance with the AusIMM Code of Ethics and professional codes during 2018 AusIMM promotes the highest professional and ethical standards of its members through a strong focus on professional ethics and best practice implementation of professional codes. Under the AusIMM By-Laws, all AusIMM members are bound by the AusIMM Code of Ethics and other Board approved codes, regulations and directives including Read More
April 2019
Tailings management: learnings and good practice
The devastating failure of the tailings dam at Vale's Córrego do Feijão mine site in Brazil brings into shocking focus a major risk of mining that remains inadequately addressed by many mining companies Tailings dam facilities – large surface impoundments of pulverised rock, water and processing chemicals – present some of the most common and most high-stakes risks to workers, communities and environments in the vicinity of mine sites. Facilities are potentially prone to seepage, which Read More
April 2019
How Queensland’s Professional Engineers Act relates to the mining and resources sector
Answers to frequently asked questions from engineers in relation to professional accreditation and registration in the resources sector in Queensland — with important information for all professionals working in mining. The Board of Professional Engineers Queensland (BPEQ) is Queensland’s engineering regulator. BPEQ has administered the PE Act and the Registered Professional Engineer (RPEQ) system since 1930. BPEQ currently registers more than 14 000 engineers from Queensland, interstate Read More
April 2019
Geometallurgy – a cornerstone of whole-of-mine optimisation
When looking to improve results across an operation, a geometallurgical approach can bring significant benefits Geometallurgy may be defined as the integration of geological, geotechnical, mining, metallurgical, environmental and economic information to provide a platform to increase the net present value of a deposit.  Geometallurgy provides benefits including: better control of the comminution characteristics of ore, resulting in less variability of feed to the crushing Read More