Realising the market value of new technologies: The Centre for METS Business Innovation (CMBI)

There is a gap between the technological potential in mining and its current realisation. Fast and successful adoption of technologies such as automation, machine learning, wearable technologies and sensors are a potential mechanism for addressing the sluggish productivity growth in mining compared with other industry sectors[1]. Unfortunately, it is not inevitable that technologies which have […]

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The electric dream

If you’ve been following the news in the mining industry recently, you would have noticed the growing number of announcements about investment by mining companies and suppliers in battery-electric vehicles, particularly for underground mines. For example, BHP is trialling Voltra eCruisers—a battery-converted Toyota Landcruiser—at Olympic Dam, Nouveau Monde Graphite in Canada is moving towards a fully-electric […]

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The Kapunda Copper ISR Project

Mining3 is very pleased to be working with in-situ recovery (ISR) mining specialists, Environmental Copper Recovery Pty Ltd (ECR), on a Commonwealth Government CRC-P (Cooperative Research Centre) grant which will fund a 2.5-year research program to better understand and resolve key ISR mining challenges— particularly in relation to environmental, social, and economic impacts. Recent technological […]

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Mining3 Innovation Showcase 2018

Mining3 is very pleased to be hosting its annual Innovation Showcase on Tuesday 16 October 2018 in the Sky Room at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre. The showcase is open to Mining3 member company representatives, research partners, staff, and interested mining industry professionals—including from mining companies, METs, industry bodies, research institutions, and government agencies. The […]

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Mining3 announces OZ Minerals membership

Mining3 is very pleased to announce that OZ Minerals has recently become a Mining3 member, augmenting our strong membership base with another high-performing global mining company. Mining3 Chief Executive Officer, Professor Paul Lever, said he is delighted to have OZ Minerals—one of Australia’s largest copper producers—on board. “With high-quality assets across the globe; excellent safety, […]

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Southern Oil supports Mining3 Alternative Explosives Project

One of Mining3’s flagship research projects—Alternative Explosives—has received support from Southern Oil Refining (Southern Oil) to enable a continued focus on finding ways to improve the productivity, sustainability, and safety of the mining industry through blasting without toxic fumes. Mining3 Chief Executive Officer, Prof Paul Lever, announced Southern Oil is contributing alternative fuel materials for […]

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Students’ Mining3 semester a great learning experience

Mining3 had the pleasure of working with six outstanding Bachelor of Engineering (Honours)/Master of Engineering (BE (Hons)/ME)* University of Queensland students in the first half of 2018 during their semester-long industry placement—offering them a great opportunity to grow professionally and personally by working alongside and being mentored by experienced researchers on current projects. One such […]

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Cave mining 2040: advancing cave mining to meet future needs

Prof Gideon Chitombo, Mining3 Technology Leader – Cave Mining Cave mining and deep exploration drilling are the future of the mining industry as surface orebodies become scarcer and discoveries at depth more common. Effective and efficient ways of accessing orebodies below depths of 500 m need to be a key focus for the mining industry […]

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Setting the standards for proximity detection systems

Avoiding collisions on a mine site remains an ongoing challenge for the mining industry. While there are numerous collision management systems available, there is limited ability to confidently prove the accuracy and reliability of these systems in production environments. With imminent legislation afoot that will enforce the installation of some form of proximity and/or collision […]

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Expansion of Mining3’s global presence and key staff appointments

Following on from the 2016 union with CSIRO Mineral Resources to form Mining3, we stated our intention to make Mining3 an ‘innovation driver’ with strong international connections and global impact. Recent structural changes and key staff appointments are significant steps to strengthen our international engagement and deliver our ‘three pillar’ vision to transform the mining […]

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