In Place mining – A transformational shift in metal extraction

Moving and processing vast amounts of rock to extract a small percentage of valuable metal is not only environmentally disruptive, but represents over 80% of the total production costs in mining. The industry then sets their cut-off grades according to this cost structure, and are forced into looking for economies of scale. In underground mining, […]

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CSIRO roadmap to drive growth for Australian METS

CSIRO has released a technology roadmap to underpin growth in Australia’s $90 billion mining equipment, technology and services (METS) sector, urging companies to take action to unlock five key opportunities. The Mining Equipment, Technology and Services Roadmap highlights the vital role that the METS sector will play in the nation’s innovation ecosystem in order to […]

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Major investment to aid SmartCap’s global expansion

Mining3’s spin-off company, SmartCap’s ground-breaking product, Life, is the world’s most effective fatigue monitoring solution that provides real-time feedback, helping drivers manage their own alertness, anywhere, anytime. The technology also allows supervisors access to data that enables them to make fact-based decisions that keep their workforce safe. Yesterday, the company announced it had secured funding […]

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Australian technology designed to help solve gas crisis

A new Australian-developed technology could make an important contribution to solving the country’s gas crisis by improving production rates and removing many of the environmental impacts associated with traditional fracking, according to the technology’s licensee, V2H Australia. The technology, developed over 20 years under a joint initiative between the industry-backed Mining3 research hub and private […]

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Conveyor condition monitoring with fibre optic acoustics

For several decades, the conveyor has been the workhorse of the mining industry and other bulk materials handling industries. This is increasingly so as trucking operations are replaced by overland conveyors. Just like its namesake, the heavy horse, conveyors require a great amount of care and attention. On many mine sites, conveyors experience faults roughly […]

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Research project confirmed for new positioning system in underground mining

Mining3, the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and Caterpillar have signed a collaborative agreement for the research and development of a new positioning system for underground mining. Formally commencing in March 2017, and with financial support from the Queensland Government as part of its Advance Queensland Innovation Partnerships program, the project offers potential solutions to […]

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Komatsu acquires Mining3’s spin-off company

MineWare, a spin-off company of Mining3 (formerly CRCMining), and global leader in advanced dragline and shovel monitoring technologies has been acquired by Komatsu. MineWare was established in 2005 out of the Mining3 research program which produced the Universal Dig and Dump (UDD) technology. Developed in conjunction with the University of Queensland’s Mining and Mechanical Engineering School, […]

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Digital Transformation Initiative

The World Economic Forum, in collaboration with Accenture, has published a white paper which explores how digital technologies are transforming the mining and metals industry. The report covers automation, robotics and operational hardware, a digitally enabled workforce, integrated enterprise, platforms and ecosystems and the next generation analytics and decision support. Our spin-off company, SmartCap, is presented […]

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The age of innovators – Sandeep Biswas, MD & CEO, Newcrest

Sandeep Biswas addressed the Melbourne Mining Club luncheon on the Thursday, 9th February 2017: “Let’s be clear about our context. Our operating conditions are getting tougher. As we exhaust the more commercially attractive ore bodies, we are going to have to dig deep to convert previously commercially unviable ore bodies into profitable operations. Innovation will […]

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“Innovation is the key to our future” Mark Cutifani

Mark Cutifani, Chief Executive of Anglo American, highlighted innovation as an imperative to secure mining’s future at the Indaba in South Africa. “Successful innovation is a foundation for resilience – being able to weather the bad times, create change rather than react to it, improve productivity, access the hitherto inaccessible orebodies and actively develop new […]

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