April 2015
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April 2015
The AusIMM Awards 2015
The AusIMM awards have been recognising contributions to the Institute and professional excellence in the minerals industry for more than eighty years. First awarded in 1935, AusIMM awards celebrate outstanding contributions to best practice professionalism in the minerals industry. The AusIMM Awards 2015 will be presented on Saturday 18 April in Fremantle, Western Australia. The 2015 Awards ceremony is being held in conjunction with the annual AusIMM Congress, and is an important Read More
April 2015
Innovation in mining
Are we different? The title of this article is deliberately ambiguous. By ‘we’ do I mean ‘we in the mining industry’ or do I mean ‘we in Rio Tinto’? In this article I hope to show that, whichever definition of ‘we’ you choose, the answer would be yes. Let’s talk about ‘we’ in the mining industry first. To begin with, it is my firm belief that innovation in mining is fundamentally different from innovation in many other industries. Mining is often criticised as an industry where Read More
April 2015
AusIMM’s By-Laws and Royal Charter: underpinning excellence in governance
The Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy was founded in 1893 as a group of individual minerals professionals working together with a focus on professional excellence. In 1955 the AusIMM was incorporated by Royal Charter, turning it from a collection of individuals into a single legal entity. The Royal Charter and By-Laws are the fundamental governance documents that underpin AusIMM’s existence, purpose and operations. As well as creating the AusIMM as a corporate legal entity, Read More
April 2015
Comminution energy efficiency
How does your plant compare? Comminution has long been touted as an energy intensive and inefficient process. The main culprit is the humble grinding mill which features in most comminution circuits, with its hugely inefficient and random nature of particle size reduction. There remains a limited understanding, however, of how operating comminution circuits compare in terms of energy usage and cost, a process known commonly as benchmarking. Until recently, benchmarking and knowledge of Read More
April 2015
A step change in mining productivity
Time to deliver the promise The mining industry has long sought a step change in productivity through the integration of operations from mine to market. There have been some success stories, but in general, the promise has not been delivered. CRC ORE and its industry participants believe the time has arrived to change that. Crucial gaps in technology and systems that hindered integration have now been addressed. At a time when the industry desperately seeks productivity change, we now have Read More
April 2015
The JORC Code and professional ethics
Exploring AusIMMmembers' obligations when working in the field of Reserve and Resource estimation and reporting Under AusIMM By-Laws, members’ obligations for the way we conduct ourselves are set out in the Institute’s Code of Ethics and in the key professional Codes adopted by the AusIMM Board: the JORC and VALMIN Codes. As a minerals professional who works in the field of Mineral Resource and Ore Reserve assessment and reporting, I have developed a strong appreciation of the need for Read More