April 2016
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April 2016
The AusIMM Awards 2016
Celebrating excellence The AusIMM awards have been recognising contributions to the Institute and professional excellence in the minerals industry for more than 80 years. First awarded in 1935, AusIMM awards celebrate outstanding contributions to best practice professionalism in the minerals industry. The AusIMM Awards 2016 will be presented on Saturday 18 June in Melbourne, Victoria. The 2016 Awards are an important opportunity for AusIMM members to recognise the efforts of leaders Read More
April 2016
Do all metallurgical plants work well? Plant metallurgists can ensure they do
All projects comprise many different teams with competing priorities – it is essential that these teams be brought together in order for success to be achieved Many papers, books and presentations reinforce the ‘how to’ of doing metallurgical plant (metplant) projects right: Dunlop (2013) details all the steps, interactions and hurdles involved in doing a mining project right the first time Whincup (2008) provides plant metallurgists with guidelines for each stage of a mine Read More
April 2016
The social psychology of risk, safety and leadership maturity
Dr Robert Long argues that social arrangements can affect decision-making and judgement in the workplace An introduction to social psychology Why do people do what they do? Why do they do things that don’t seem to make sense? Why do people change what they do depending on social context? How do social arrangements influence judgment and decision-making? How does risk make sense? These are the questions that preoccupy the social psychology of risk. Social psychology is the study of human Read More
April 2016
The sub-mine crisis of 2016
There may be further repercussions resulting from the global mining sector downturn – how might the industry deal with continuing volatility? From its peak in 2011 to the beginning of 2016, the global mining sector has gone through a wrenching 90 per cent reduction in global market capitalisation, wiping out an estimated US$1.5 trillion. Following the sub-prime mortgage crisis, the International Monetary Fund estimated that financial institutions around the world ultimately lost US$1.5 Read More
April 2016
Commodity prices and their continuing impact on the professional skills pipeline
Trends in enrolment data for minerals degrees point to a need for higher education reforms to ensure the continued development of highly skilled professionals Mining relies on a highly skilled workforce that allows industry to innovate readily. The Australian minerals industry employs a diverse professional workforce, including engineers, environmental scientists, geologists, geophysicists, mathematicians and financial professionals. The industry directly employs approximately 200 000 Read More
April 2016
Future mineral processing challenges
This article is based on the 2015 G D Delprat Distinguished Lecture delivered by NW Johnson This article presents a view of future challenges in mineral processing. In addition, the future needs of a key related topic, a process analysis and improvement technique, are covered briefly. This technique is important in increasing the performance of existing concentrators and in improving the performance of a new ore during process development (Cameron et al, 1971). These process analysis and Read More