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December 2016
Book review: Applied Mining Geology by Marat Abzalov
Applied Mining Geology brings together aspects from field geology, mine geology and mineral resource estimation in a practical guide that could easily become the new handbook for mining geologists of the future. Dr Marat Abzalov is probably known by many readers, having published a number of papers with co-authors in the AusIMM’s Mineral Resource and Ore Reserve Estimation (Monograph 30), the Transactions of the Institutions of Mining and Metallurgy and the Journal of the Southern Read More
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Significant incidents – are they reported consistently across Australian states and territories?
Safety performance is a crucial element in the minerals industry. The purpose of this article is to examine if a consistent approach is adopted by states and territories within Australia to enable meaningful comparison of safety performance between states. Safety performance data is recorded every year, and statistical analyses are undertaken to develop indices of safety performance. All states compile their own reports and analyses, and this article will show how these vary between Read More
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International Mining and Resources Conference – Health and Safety Conference 2016
The International Mining and Resources Conference (IMARC) 2016 was held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre from the 7–10 November 2016. As part of the conference, a separate Health and Safety Conference was held over two sessions on the 10 November. The first session was titled ‘Sound Safety Culture through the Management of Risk’ and ran from 9.00 am to 11.00 am. The second session, titled ‘Prevention is Better than Cure’, ran from 11.30 am to 1.00 pm. Both sessions were Read More
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Silent mentors – the forgotten resource
Within the minerals industry and across the AusIMM community, there is a strong focus on mentoring programs to facilitate the development of new professionals within the industry. While there are many excellent programs in existence, there are also members who do not have access to a formalised mentoring scheme. So what can you do if there isn’t a recognised formal program at your place of work? The good news is that there are a lot of people out there who are already acting as Read More
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The New Professionals Network – the next step
The New Professionals Network was reinvigorated in late 2013 with the primary goal of bridging the gap between students and graduates (those working in the minerals industry for up to six years). Research undertaken by the Graduate Readiness Taskforce Group at the AusIMM identified that many student members didn’t continue their membership to graduate grade, and it was also recognised that a limited network existed for those new to the minerals industry. After nearly three full years of Read More
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Rhonda O’Sullivan MAusIMM(CP) wins young professional award
Congratulations to Rhonda O'Sullivan MAusIMM(CP), who recently won the Young Professional Award at the 2016 National Mining & Related Industries Day. Rhonda, who is the Chair of the North West Queensland Branch Committee, won the award for her work as a standout mining professional, her commitment to the AusIMM's North West Queensland Branch and her  contribution to local charity organisations. Rhonda works as a geology superintendent at Mount Isa Mines, where she is responsible Read More