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February 2019
Country Snapshot: South Africa
A well-known mining nation with a significant mineral endowment, rising costs, decreased commodity prices and political uncertainty are major barriers to South Africa's once world-leading levels of production [caption id="attachment_14921" align="alignright" width="359"] South Africa - key facts.[/caption] South Africa is home to more than 50 million people and has a well-established large-scale mining industry dating back to the 19th century. Despite the mining industry bringing in Read More
February 2019
A safer, more productive future for underground mines
Autonomous drone technology is becoming more valuable to the world of mining due to the latest technology developed by Emesent Developed by former researchers from CSIRO’s Data61, autonomous drone company Emesent has developed world-leading ‘Hovermap’ technology that automates the collection of valuable data in underground areas that are too dangerous or difficult for people to survey or navigate, such as stopes or ore passes in mines. Drones installed with Hovermap can be deployed in Read More
February 2019
The new statutory position of Ventilation Officer in Queensland
What does it mean and what are the implications for the industry in Australia? On 1 November 2018, the Queensland Parliament passed new legislation establishing the statutory position of ventilation officer (VO) in Queensland underground metalliferous mines (the position has in fact been re-established; it was discontinued in 1999). There were also significant changes regarding ventilation officers in coal mines, but this article specifically addresses metalliferous mines. The Read More
February 2019
Social licence to operate: regaining community trust
The modern resources industry values sustainability and community wellbeing within their paradigms, but this commitment has not necessarily been well communicated – particularly to those outside the sector We need SLTO for new projects to proceed AusIMM has published many articles addressing the difficulties in obtaining a social licence to operate (SLTO) for new projects, as well as social licence to close or cease mining. There has also been serious discussion about the absence (either Read More
February 2019
Pike River Mine drift re-entry on track
After eight months of intensive planning and risk assessment, the New Zealand Government Minister Responsible for Pike River Re-entry, the Hon Andrew Little, approved a plan in October 2018 to re-enter the Pike River Mine drift The Pike River Mine explosion on 19 November 2010 claimed the lives of 29 men and the subsequent explosions resulted in the mine being sealed. There are two distinct areas of the mine: the mine drift and the mine workings. The drift is a 2.3 km access tunnel from Read More
February 2019
What can machine learning do for geoscience?
Machine learning is generating a lot of hype across many industries - including resources. This article provides some context to the hype and discusses ways that machine learning could be used in geoscience I originally posted a version of the following article on LinkedIn and titled it ‘10 things machine learning can do for geoscience – no. 7 will shock you!’ It was an intentional, tongue-in-cheek clickbait title to reflect that this is probably the current perception of machine learning Read More