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Australian Senate Inquiry in to the Rehabilitation of Mining and Resources Projects
On 8 February 2017, Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert on behalf of Senator Larissa Waters successfully moved for the rehabilitation of mining and resources projects to be referred to the Environment and Communications References Committee for inquiry. The matters to be investigated by the Committee are: “The rehabilitation of mining and resources projects as it relates to Commonwealth responsibilities, for example under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Read More
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Book Review – Macraes Orogenic Gold Deposit (NZ)
by Dave Craw and Doug MacKenzie Macraes gold deposit in South Island, New Zealand has seen modern exploration since the mid-1980s and mining from 1990. For some time, it failed to attract the attention that it deserved because of its low grade and perceived modest size. Exploration success and redesign have forced rethinking as the gold endowment grew to 10 Moz and all-time production passed 4 Moz Au. Where else might someone be sitting on such unrealised potential? What are the Read More
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Book Review – Strictly (Mining) Boardroom – Volume II
by Allan Trench and John Sykes As the subtitle suggests, this book is a practitioner’s guide for the next generation of directors. The book is a handy collection of short articles originally published in the Strictly Boardroom series at miningnews.net. The episodic structure of the book makes it a convenient reference to dip in and out of as needed, and it is a very useful addition to a desktop bookshelf. The key insights at the end of each section are also valuable. The nine Read More
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Heritage – Safety at the Broken Hill Proprietary Steelworks
The following article is an excerpt from a paper originally published in the Proceedings of the AusIMM No 184, 1957. The principle of personal safety is as old as the human race. The application of this principle to industry is of much more recent origin, and may be said to be almost exclusively the product of the twentieth century. The enormous strides in technique and production made prior to the turn of the century had been achieved without any real regard for the crippled human Read More
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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
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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