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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
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
Gravity – a new trend in exploration
Mineral exploration, especially greenfields exploration, is a precarious venture for a company director to explain (let alone promote) to investors. Then there is the small matter of undertaking the exploration itself and signing off as a company director on a use of funds that, of itself, pre-assumes an exploration strategy. However, if there is little or no data on the mineral project in question, then what is the initial exploration strategy? What is the first step in mineral Read More
stack of papers
An assessment of the Transactions of the Institutions of Mining and Metallurgy – Section A
As stated on the AusIMM website ‘The AusIMM and The IOM3 (London, UK) collaboratively produce a series of highly technical journals, containing papers covering cutting edge science and technology in the industry, entitled the Transactions of the Institutions of Mining and Metallurgy, incorporating The AusIMM Proceedings. At a recent Mining Society meeting in 2016 the question was asked if the Transactions Section A – Mining Technology were too academic? The aim of this brief article is Read More