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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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In-situ recovery—a move towards ‘keyhole mining’

Human demand for travel; metal structures and their accompanying heating, cooling and lighting; and luxuries (or rather, necessities) of mobile phones and laptops has contributed to the estimated consumption of almost 0.5 million kilograms of rocks, metals, and fuels per person per lifetime. Approximately 15 different minerals are required to make a car, 30 minerals […]

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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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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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