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A discussion with Joanne Farrell
Joanne Farrell is Group Executive Health, Safety, and Environment (HSE) and Managing Director Australia at Rio Tinto, and a keynote speaker at the upcoming Minesafe International 2017 conference. The AusIMM Bulletin asked Joanne for her views on key issues and best practice relating to health and safety in the minerals industry. What do you see as the key issues that the industry needs to address from a health and safety perspective? Health and safety management in the mining industry Read More
An overview of Pierre Gy’s contribution to sampling
Pierre Gy was influential in developing a theory of sampling and significantly helped to advance the discipline. The 8th World Conference on Sampling and Blending will be held in Perth from 9-11 May 2017 and feature a session dedicated to his legacy. Pierre Gy began his career in 1946 in French Equatorial Africa (Congo), working on the small M’Fouati lead mine as the mineral process engineer, where he was in charge of the processing plant and associated laboratories. In 1947, the Read More
Turning an abandoned gold mine into a renewable energy hub
A unique project in northern Queensland will use former mine infrastructure to deliver new stakeholder benefits Kidston, a small township in northern Queensland, will soon experience a world-first, with the refurbishment of an abandoned gold mine into a renewable energy hub. The hub, which will be constructed by Genex Power, is located 270 km north-west of Townsville in northern Queensland. The hub will comprise three renewable energy projects: a 50 MW solar project (Kidston Solar Read More
Virtual tour of Illawarra’s industrial history
A virtual tour allows people to visit historical industrial and mine sites on the south coast of NSW via www.illawarra-heritage-trail.com.au. The tour sites available include the Bulli Miners Cottage, the Bulli Mine memorial commemorating an underground explosion in 1887 that killed 81 men and boys, Corrimal and Coal Cliff Cokeworks, Jetty Mine and Coal Cliff Colliery, Hicks Point Jetty, Mount Kembla Colliery where an explosion in 1902 killed 96 men and boys working underground, Dapto Read More
February 2017
Improving productivity by integrating software developers into resource engineering
The use of in-house software developers in the simplification, standardisation and systematisation of processes across mine planning, geotechnical engineering, hydrology and closure planning In 2011, the mining industry was facing challenges brought on by a shortage of capable and experienced mining engineers. To gain an advantage in this environment, the BHP Billiton Iron Ore Resource Engineering Department employed and integrated a group of data professionals with the intent to Read More
February 2017
Autonomous haulage systems – the business case
A cost-benefit analysis of an autonomous haulage system that demonstrates the potential for productivity improvements The mining industry is constantly seeking ways to lower costs and increase efficiency, particularly given that product differentiation activities are limited due to general commodity homogeneity. Heavy industries, including manufacturing and transport, have adopted various technologies such as robotics-based systems to increase efficiency and lower costs. The mining Read More