AusIMM Mining Society

Mine Managers’ Handbook – MinSoc’s Plans for Update
The Mine Managers’ Handbook came about during planning of the AusIMM’s inaugural Mine Management Conference in 2006. Preliminary work was undertaken Richard Knight, the then Chair of the conference. In 2010, the AusIMM Mining Society (MinSoc) took up the project to develop the Mine Managers’ Handbook. A steering committee was formed, comprising a group of distinguished mining engineers and mine managers including Chris Carr, Paul Harper, Emeritus Professor Odwyn Jones, Professor Brian Read More
A new approach to mining engineering education
The past Alarm bells have been ringing for some time and for many at the coalface, the sound has been deafening. The falling trend of graduates and graduate intakes into mining education has continued. This trend is not historically uncommon, following the cyclical nature of the industry, but somehow this current event feels different from those of the past and potentially more permanent. Strategic inaction from companies and outside perceptions of the sector have continued to erode Read More
April 2018
Developments in mine planning, management and engineering
In this special series of articles, we asked some of our AusIMM professional societies and networks for their industry insights. The following is a collection of thoughts from our professionals on how practices have developed over the past 125 years. Is there a single event that defined the beginning of this technical discipline in Australasia? In Australia, the discovery of gold in central Victoria by a veteran of the California gold rushes in the 1850s led to the establishment of the Read More
Digital content for MinSoc members
In its continual focus on how to best serve its members, the AusIMM is developing platforms for improved delivery of digital content. Where historically options have been limited by issues such as bandwidth, the quality and method of delivery to most geographical locations has now increased considerably.  AusIMM currently delivers webinars, both live and recorded as well as recorded technical meetings and conference presentations. While AusIMM is developing more convenient platforms for Read More
Real deposit data requested for student use
In 2010, staff at Adolfo Ibáñez University, University of Chile, and Colorado School of Mines created a website called Minelib along with an associated published paper in the Annals of Operations Research. The website contains a small number of open pit mine block models for mine planning optimisation research. The success of the library is illustrated by the fact that the paper has been cited over 60 times in peer-reviewed journals. This year it is hoped to expand the variety of 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