The way we mine must fundamentally change

March 25, 2019 David Upton, Australia’s Mining Monthly RADICAL new ways to mine are needed if the industry is to meet the challenge of multiple pressures threatening the industry’s viability, Australia’s Future of Mining 2019 conference has heard. Ewan Sellers, Research Director for CSIRO and Research Leader at Mining3, told the event in Sydney the industry […]

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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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How tired is too tired?

Fatigue is a natural condition that impacts every one of us. Whether it’s a mid-afternoon energy slump or a more severe case precipitated by a sleepless night or extended periods of physical or mental exertion, most of us experience some degree of fatigue every day. When it comes to drowsiness, we all share something else […]

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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 Maintainer of the Future

How the evolution of technology and asset management will change the training and role of the modern maintainer In the last two decades, we have seen significant changes in how assets are operated due to advances in process control, remote operations systems, and the development of autonomous assets. In contrast, the nature of maintainers’ day‐to‐day […]

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