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Core Skills for Geoscientists – Brisbane 2018
The second joint AusIMM/AIG ‘Core Skills for Geoscientists’ course was run in Brisbane from 6-10 August. The event had 20 attendees and the interest was such that the course was oversubscribed. People came from Western Australia, South Australia, Victoria and New South Wales as well as the local Queenslanders in attendance. The Exploration Data Centre (EDC) team were a fantastic help loading the core for display and assisting with all logistics (even picking up lunch!). Experience Read More
August 2018
Educating the next generation of geologists
This is an edited extract of a keynote presentation originally delivered at the Tenth International Mining Geology Conference in 2017 Australia has a long tradition of providing high-quality geoscience programs to prepare graduates for entry to the workforce or undertake further studies. Employment opportunities in the future will be significantly different from those of the past and educational pathways need to provide for this. Geoscience graduates must have highly transferable generic Read More
February 2017
Digital mine insight – the future for mining
With decreasing ore grades, more complex orebodies and volatile commodity prices, the mining industry needs ways to work smarter and respond quickly to changing circumstances The case for digital innovation in mining Minimising uncertainty through the mining process, reducing costs and adapting to change are some of the drivers causing companies to look at digital innovation. Better performance and productivity are, of course, paramount outcomes. There are a lot of areas where Read More
AusIMM members at Northparkes open day.
Geoscience Society at Northparkes open day
CMOC Northparkes Mines hosted its biennial open day on 16 May 2015. Unlike previous events, it was held in the Northparkes Oval, Parkes, rather than at the mine, and invited a wide range of community groups to participate including schools and local clubs. Major mine suppliers once again put together a great exhibition of heavy underground and surface equipment including drill-rigs, loaders and training simulators. Family friendly attractions included rides for children, food stalls and Read More
Banded iron specimens being unloaded by crane at the GA TimeWalk, Canberra
Development underway at the National Rock Garden
The National Rock Garden (NRG) will be a unique facility on a five hectare site on the shores of Lake Burley Griffin in Canberra. The garden is an initiative designed to celebrate the diversity of rocks that contribute to Australia’s landscapes, culture, history and prosperity. The Masterplan for the site was developed in 2014, and work is currently underway to enable the preparation of detailed design and costing to implement the Masterplan. The initial work program comprises three Read More
landscape with unique rock pattern
June 2015
Managing geological variability
Strategies for improving mining investment returns Many mining projects come into operation on time and quickly achieve target production. This is often a result of proficient technical work involving detailed mine planning based on a good understanding of the deposit geology, as well as careful consideration of the infrastructure and construction challenges at the site. However, some mining projects fail to achieve nameplate tonnes and grade once the production phase of mining is in full Read More