February 2019
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February 2019
President’s editorial: A future and people-focused AusIMM
AusIMM has been an important part of my life for almost 30 years and I am very honoured to have been elected president for 2019. I am looking forward to meeting and engaging with all of our members across Australia and the globe – those who I already know and those that I am yet to meet – as well as all resources professionals. The heart of AusIMM is our people and one of our key strengths is our diverse and multidisciplinary membership, which allows us to work together, learn from each Read More
February 2019
CEO’s editorial: Capitalising on our strengths and delivering value
2019 is off to a strong start following on from our 125-year anniversary celebrations. As an organisation with a remarkable history, we are continuing to build the foundations to ensure the long-term success of the Institute. 2019 will see AusIMM continue to build our brand and reputation as a more inclusive, relevant and contemporary organisation. To support this, we are pleased to announce the appointment of a new Member Engagement Manager as well as a new staff member based in Western Read More
February 2019
Country Snapshot: South Africa
A well-known mining nation with a significant mineral endowment, rising costs, decreased commodity prices and political uncertainty are major barriers to South Africa's once world-leading levels of production [caption id="attachment_14921" align="alignright" width="359"] South Africa - key facts.[/caption] South Africa is home to more than 50 million people and has a well-established large-scale mining industry dating back to the 19th century. Despite the mining industry bringing in Read More
February 2019
A safer, more productive future for underground mines
Autonomous drone technology is becoming more valuable to the world of mining due to the latest technology developed by Emesent Developed by former researchers from CSIRO’s Data61, autonomous drone company Emesent has developed world-leading ‘Hovermap’ technology that automates the collection of valuable data in underground areas that are too dangerous or difficult for people to survey or navigate, such as stopes or ore passes in mines. Drones installed with Hovermap can be deployed in Read More
February 2019
The new statutory position of Ventilation Officer in Queensland
What does it mean and what are the implications for the industry in Australia? On 1 November 2018, the Queensland Parliament passed new legislation establishing the statutory position of ventilation officer (VO) in Queensland underground metalliferous mines (the position has in fact been re-established; it was discontinued in 1999). There were also significant changes regarding ventilation officers in coal mines, but this article specifically addresses metalliferous mines. The Read More
February 2019
Social licence to operate: regaining community trust
The modern resources industry values sustainability and community wellbeing within their paradigms, but this commitment has not necessarily been well communicated – particularly to those outside the sector We need SLTO for new projects to proceed AusIMM has published many articles addressing the difficulties in obtaining a social licence to operate (SLTO) for new projects, as well as social licence to close or cease mining. There has also been serious discussion about the absence (either Read More