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The importance of autonomous technology training
With the huge potential for new technology to revolutionise mining operations, high-quality training of personnel is needed to ensure safety and efficiency Across the global mining industry, there is an ever-increasing adoption of smart technology. Gone are the days where miners worked in isolation, digging up earth and hoping to strike pay dirt. Now, every stage of the mining process is jam-packed with technology designed to improve the mining process and safeguard mining personnel. Read More
August 2019
President’s editorial: Making our voice heard
In my previous editorial I spoke about AusIMM’s critical role as the Trusted Voice of resources professionals. Given this initiative underpins our Future Directions strategy, in which AusIMM is transforming into a more contemporary and influential organisation, I wish to expand on what being the Trusted Voice means – for us as professionals, for our industry and for the communities we are part of. Being the Trusted Voice is about having a visible profile and a strong position on key Read More
August 2019
CEO’s Editorial: Growing our influence
AusIMM is deeply committed to playing a stronger leadership role as the Trusted Voice of resources professionals. We are working more closely than ever with companies, universities and governments to bring high quality, timely information and advice to the table. Our July Thought Leadership Series is a prime example of our Trusted Voice in action. Delivered across five capital cities, these events featured Chief Scientists from around Australia to highlight their role as a key partner Read More
Forecasts of a lithium ‘glut’ are far from the truth
There has been much talk around an apparent 'oversupply' of lithium, including at the recent Diggers and Dealers forum in Kalgoorlie. Here, veteran Australian lithium expert Adrian Griffin puts this talk into context. Many equity market and lithium industry analysts have seized on recent statistics for lithium supply and demand as indicative of long-term market trends. They see the rapid increase in hard-rock production, combined with a slower-than-anticipated uptake of electric Read More
August 2019
Social aspects of mine closure
How do mines ensure a sustainable transition to post-mining and reduce the impact of closure on local communities? The Australian landscape is dotted with abandoned towns that were established because of mining booms. These towns were built on the hope of prosperity, with fortune seekers coming from miles around, even crossing seas, to settle and join the community. Unfortunately, there is only one certainty when it comes to mining – the commercially extractable resources will run out. Read More
August 2019
What’s one aspect of the resources sector you’d like to learn more about, and why?
We asked our members what they're interested in outside their own disciplines. Danielle O’Toole MAusIMM Technical Director – Geotechnics and Mine Waste Engineering, SLR Consulting With mine closure becoming more and more prevalent, it is incumbent on mine closure professionals, regardless of their area of expertise, to become familiar with a wide array of professional practices. As a geotechnical engineer involved in mine closure I am exposed to a variety of other Read More