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Trading software leverages low-grade ore deposits

Mining3, in collaboration with RMIT University, is developing a new blockchain software platform that allows miners to trade on the future value of their unprocessed materials. Trading on the future value of processed metals and minerals is an existing practice but this pricing mechanism and exchange style hasn’t been extended higher up the supply chain […]

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Underground drill hole deviation measuring device

Drilling is one of the critical elements in the process of rock breakage. The location (including length and orientation), explosives charge, and detonation sequence of blast holes are strategically selected to produce the most efficient and optimal rock fragmentation. The consequences of deviation in drill hole trajectories from the designed pattern include build-ups, hang-ups and […]

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The ‘Blonde Bomb’ clears the way for an innovation in blasting

Toxic fumes produced by detonating explosives in both surface and underground mining could become a thing of the past if Mining3’s Alternative Explosives project continues to present impressive results. Over the past few years, research has been underway at Mining3 to deliver a hydrogen peroxide-based explosive which is non-toxic and presents a far safer and […]

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Innovative tool to assess the value of new technologies

As new and emerging technologies and methodologies are developed to meet pain points within the mining industry, the task of identifying solutions that provide value to one’s own operation has become a challenging task. Mining3 is working on a new solution that forecasts the value, risk and business case of new technologies, which could speed […]

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Blockchain trading software has future in gold mining

A new blockchain software platform allows miners to trade on the future value of their unprocessed materials. Julian Wise, a Software Engineer at Mining3 and RMIT student, said the software used financial algorithms along with transparent blockchain ‘smart contracts’, to enable the trading of derivatives. Derivatives are financial contracts where buyers agree to purchase an asset, in this […]

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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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