Modelling for improved mine planning

Mining and metallurgy have traditionally been treated separately in metals production. For decades now, metallurgists have been able to use a popular simulation package and model their operation; identify bottlenecks in the process, explore potential solutions, and recommend the most appropriate changes to their process with a fairly high degree of confidence that the changes […]

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New Mining3 Chief Technology Officer

We are pleased to announce the appointment of our new Chief Technology Officer (CTO), Dr Antonio Nieto. As CTO, Antonio will be responsible for ensuring Mining3 continues to produce high-quality research which delivers effective outcomes for our members and the mining industry. Dr Nieto was the Founding Director of MineralsTech based in Pennsylvania, USA and previously […]

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Adopt or develop?

The mining industry is not dissimilar to other industries. In a bid to boost both productivity and safety, companies are actively moving towards process and software automation and applying robotic technology to mining vehicles and equipment. While some advances in automation will be unique to mining, the rise of self-driving cars presents substantial opportunities (and […]

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Sensors comparison for underground void mapping by UAV’s

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are being employed in a rapidly increasing number of applications in mining. This includes the emerging area of mapping underground void spaces such as stopes, which are otherwise inaccessible to humans, automated ground vehicles and survey technologies. Void mapping can provide both visual rock surface and 3D structural information about stopes, […]

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Robotics and Computer Vision Roadmap

A Robotics and Computer Vision Roadmap for Australia Mining3 will be participating in the development of Australia’s first robotics and computer vision roadmap. The Australian Centre for Robotic Vision will be facilitating workshops with participants across research, industry and government to deliver the roadmap by May 2018. The Resources Roadmap workshops will be taking place […]

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Mining3 demonstrates a new dimension in data handling

Imagine being able to control a drone inside a mineshaft from anywhere in the world without fear of it crashing or being able to track the metal material in a car chassis from ore to a finished product. Such things are fast becoming possible using a new 3D-based internet platform known as VoxelNET developed at […]

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ABC radio interview with Paul Lever and Ewan Sellers

Radio interview with David Claughton, ABC Rural with Prof. Paul Lever and Dr Ewan Sellers Report by David Claughton, ABC Rural. Gunders says the mining industry has a bad name in innovation saying it takes miners 15 years to adopt new thinkers. Claughton reports huge research funding is being granted to learn about different kinds […]

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Detecting tramp metal

Tramp metal in mined material can have a catastrophic effect on mining crushers, causing significant damage and major downtime. In particular, as mines look to process older stockpiles, the probability of encountering tramp metal, in the form of scrap items, used machinery components and GET (ground engaging tools) increases. Mining3 is developing a new technology […]

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Revolutionary new drill rig

A revolutionary new drill rig that could revitalise Australia’s mining industry has undergone successful field trials in South Australia’s outback, bringing it a step closer to commercialisation. The prototype coiled tubing drill rig, the RoXplorer®, was developed by the Deep Exploration Technologies Cooperative Research Centre (DET CRC) and underwent its first extensive, field drilling trials […]

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The building blocks to In Place Mining

Mining3 is leading a transformational initiative called In Place Mining, which is driven by the concepts of minimal rock movement and processing “In Place”. The intended outcome is a small surface footprint, reduced tailings generation, high automation and a low capital intensity mine. Three methodologies can be deployed, depending on the orebody and mining method: […]

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