Digging Deeper July 2019

With the Iron Ore 2019 Conference around the corner, we are excited to bring you another jam-packed edition of our newsletter. This time we have articles on innovation in mining, business improvement and a video webinar! Happy reading!

Digging Deeper July 20192019-07-12T18:45:27+00:00

“Do things better” vs “Do things smarter”

It’s a good thing that Australian companies are throwing the word innovation around to try to change how they operate. Trouble is, too often, these refer to “doing things better” rather than “doing things smarter”. Innovation generally refers to a business’ ability to generate a stream of new products, services, processes and business models over time that are material to the organization. It can also mean changing the existing processes, or creating more effective processes, products, and ideas. For businesses, this mean implementing, creating or improving their status quo, observed through changes in their data streams.

“Do things better” vs “Do things smarter”2019-07-12T18:01:55+00:00

Digging Deeper May 2019

Welcome to this special edition of Digging deeper focusing on Geometallurgy! We bring you some exciting news about AMC winning a significant award, two articles on geometallurgy, and a brand new case study!

Digging Deeper May 20192019-05-14T08:55:31+00:00

Digging Deeper February 2019

2018 went in a flash and here we are in 2019! To open the new year, we have a thought-provoking editorial from Peter McCarthy, an article on autonomous haulage in OP mines, and much more. Enjoy!

Digging Deeper February 20192019-03-14T14:51:39+00:00

Unearthing hidden value using pre-concentration techniques

2018 went in a flash and here we are in 2019! To open the new year, we have a thought-provoking editorial from Peter McCarthy and articles on autonomous haulage in OP mines and pre-concentration techniques. Enjoy!

Unearthing hidden value using pre-concentration techniques2019-02-26T18:18:57+00:00

Editorial February 2019: What is acceptable?

The ages of human development – stone, bronze, iron and maybe silicon – are defined by the geological, mining and metallurgical skills people developed. We work constantly to improve our technologies for the benefit of this society and that of future generations. We are part of a great global industry.

Editorial February 2019: What is acceptable?2019-03-04T10:28:35+00:00

Advice to mining industry graduates

It is scary to look back and find a quarter of a century has passed since I graduated. However, during that time, I have ridden a camel in the Sudan, worked on the deepest mine in the world, driven in a tank across the steppes of Russia, tracked gorillas in Uganda, travelled to more countries than I would have ever dreamed possible, and met and married my true love and life partner.

Advice to mining industry graduates2019-01-29T13:07:42+00:00

Process automation – drill planning and budget optimization

Often the first budget item to be cut in times of austerity is exploration drilling. We will not go into the wisdom or consequences of this decision, but rather look at a means to optimize the money available for ongoing drilling. Most geologists who have had to do drill hole layouts will have come up with any number of tools or process automations through scripts or macros that help them design a reasonable drill plan in an acceptable time frame. One such approach is described in this article.

Process automation – drill planning and budget optimization2019-04-09T11:45:02+00:00

Considerations when implementing autonomous haulage in open cut mining

Although autonomous vehicles have been under development for decades, their productive use in mining is relatively new. As the technology becomes more refined and accessible, it is now more commonplace for new mines, and those with sufficient remaining mine life to consider running an Autonomous Haulage System (AHS).

Considerations when implementing autonomous haulage in open cut mining2019-07-09T17:41:43+00:00