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April 2017
Recognising and celebrating our members
In my time at the AusIMM, one of the things that I have admired most about the Institute is the devotion and dedication shown by our members. As I work alongside our members, I am continually inspired by the commitment that they show to improving themselves, their fellow minerals professionals and the Institute by volunteering their time and working towards the continual improvement of the AusIMM. It is for this reason that the AusIMM Awards, presented at the AusIMM Awards Dinner on Read More
April 2017
Modernising the Royal Charter and By-Laws to increase agility
I am proud to be taking the Presidential reins in a time of great change and great opportunity for the AusIMM. A key project for this year is the ongoing review of the AusIMM Royal Charter and By-Laws. As the governing constitution of the Institute, the Royal Charter and By-Laws are the Institute’s foundational documents that prescribe the main functions of the AusIMM and the rights and responsibilities of its members. As a result, the current project to update and modernise the Royal Read More
February 2017
Disruptive technologies – adopt at your own risk, ignore at your peril
Learning how to effectively interpret high volumes of data can significantly improve decision-making and efficiency In today’s mining environment, the volume of data made available to us when making decisions eclipses what we have historically had access to. This data is borne through a technology revolution that has made mobile devices and sensors more powerful and available than ever before. Devices are now routinely in place on trucks, excavators, other fixed and mobile equipment and Read More
February 2017
Innovation in mineral processing – distinguished past and uncertain future
This article is an extract from the 2016 AusIMM G D Delprat Distinguished Lecture The need for innovation The mining industry has a reputation for being slow to innovate. In mineral processing at least, nothing can be further from the truth. Here are just some of the innovations that have occurred in my lifetime: huge increases in equipment scale, carbon-in-pulp/carbon-in-leach, new gravity concentration devices (eg Knelson, Falcon, InLine Pressure Jig and Kelsey jig), high pressure Read More
February 2017
Building careers through professional development
As we all return to work following the end of year break, I’d like to wish all members a very happy and successful 2017 and I look forward to meeting and working with many of you. We begin the year with a focus on the expanded professional development opportunities and the modes of delivery that the AusIMM will offer to all members in 2017. By offering a wide range of professional development services and opportunities, the AusIMM enables our members to continually improve their Read More
February 2017
A new year brings new challenges and opportunities
  Welcome to 2017 everyone. I trust you all enjoyed a safe and happy time over summer and had a chance to spend some quality time with your families, friends and communities. The AusIMM is also a community. I first joined the Institute as a young geologist in 1990 after attending the first Mining Geology conference in Mount Isa and never would have dreamed that I would one day be President. It’s a great honour and a great challenge to lead the Institute through these difficult Read More