August 2017
The future of mining: more digging through data than strata
The evolution of the industry, its opportunities and how best to equip the energy and resources sector of tomorrow The natural resources industry has long been a dominant player in Australia’s economy. Mining and related services employ more than 380 000 people. The industry accounts for 50 per cent of the nation’s export earnings, with the top 40 sector companies alone producing more than $400 billion in annual revenues (ABS, 2016). However, we have entered an era of extreme volatility Read More
June 2017
President’s Editorial: Embedding inclusion in our work practices
Following a period of strong economic headwinds, there are signs that the mining industry may be returning to a period of growth. According to employment website SEEK, the number of mining and resources roles advertised in the three months to April is 70 per cent higher than the same period in 2016. IPOs are also up on the previous year, and EY has reported a rebound in purchases of heavy mining equipment. As cautious optimism returns to our industry, there will likewise be greater Read More
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