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  • Science fact, not science fiction (0) November 25, 2007 THE sky is the limit for automation in the Australian mining industry
  • Out of harms way (0) November 25, 2007 COLLISION avoidance technology is the next best thing to keep miners out of harms way.
  • Caving pioneers (0) November 24, 2007 A BETTER way to mine Australia’s thick coal seams is coming to a mine near you.
  • Stabilising the SAG at St Ives (0) November 24, 2007 AN automation platform joins forces with advanced process control algorithm, ‘Manta Cube’, to achieve operational stability on a closed-loop single-stage SAG mill at Western Australia’s Gold Fields St Ives gold ...
  • Huge demand for simulators (0) November 23, 2007 A BOOMING mining industry has seen huge global demand for Immersive Technologies’ Advanced Equipment (AE) Simulators.
  • Wear bend kills driller’s offsider (0) November 23, 2007 A DRILLER’S offsider was fatally injured when he was struck by a “wear bend” that became detached from the cyclone at an exploration drilling site.
  • Smart automated safety control (0) November 23, 2007 Automated safety PLC achieves integrated global and local control at the Hunter Valley’s 6.5 km Antiene Coal unloader
  • Free tickets to Making Australia’s Future! (0) November 22, 2007 AUSTRALIAN Made is giving away 50 free tickets to the Making Australia’s Future Conference at Melbourne University this November 29 – but you’ll have to get in quick!
  • HWE wins $600m contract for Yandi extension (0) November 22, 2007 HWE Mining has won a three-year contract extension worth $600 million at BHP Billiton’s Yandi mine in Western Australia’s Pilbara.
  • WA Mining Club luncheon (17) November 22, 2007 THE WA Mining Club will hold a gala lunch from noon on Friday, 30 November at the Hyatt Regency Grand Ballroom featuring guest speaker Kerry Harmanis from Jubilee Mines.
  • SKM wins Bulk Handling Award (0) November 22, 2007 SINCLAIR Knight Merz (SKM) has been awarded for its bulk handling expertise at the recent Australian Bulk Handling Awards held in Sydney.
  • Aussie mining expertise on show in south Asia (0) November 22, 2007 AUSTRALIAN expertise in mining technology and services was recently showcased to industry leaders from India and Indonesia.
  • Grants bring drilling rigs to North West (0) November 22, 2007 FOUR exploration companies will be given Queensland Government grants to help shoulder the cost of bringing drilling rigs to mineral exploration sites in the north-west.
  • Call for more action on labour shortage (0) November 22, 2007 A MAJOR report by Western Australia’s peak employer group has called for urgent government action to boost the population and the workforce which it says will see WA require as ...
  • Two-way radio gets tough (0) November 22, 2007 MOTOROLA has released a radio for harsh environments.
  • Paddle-wheel flow meter (0) November 21, 2007 Bürkert Fluid Control Systems has released the latest in paddle-wheel flow meters for continuous flow measurement and control.
  • The boom behind the boom (0) November 21, 2007 IN a global market where metal stocks are shining brightly not-so-sexy iron ore has come of age – a golden age, and the euphoria is set to continue.
  • Alarming study on skin cancer (0) November 21, 2007 A NEW report into the sunsafe behaviour of Australian workers highlights an increasing need for better educating outdoor workers on the dangers of skin cancer.
  • Workshop on acid and metalliferous drainage (0) November 21, 2007 THE Sixth Australian Workshop on Acid and Metalliferous Drainage will be held from 15 to 18 April 2008 in Burnie, Tasmania Australia.
  • Drill surpasses million metre mark (0) November 20, 2007 A DIESEL-hydraulic P&H 250XP hard rock production drill has surpassed 1 million metres of cumulative blast hole depth in service to a remote diamond mine operated by Argyle Diamonds Limited ...
  • Differential piston gauge (0) November 20, 2007 GE SENSING has introduced a differential piston gauge in response to a market demand for an accurate and easy-to-use differential pressure standard for use at high static line pressures.
  • Don’t blow the budget fixing HVAC/R units (0) November 20, 2007 DO not throw out that malfunctioning HVAC or refrigeration unit this summer – or blow the maintenance budget fixing it.
  • Deregulation of safety threatens lives: AWU (0) November 20, 2007 THE Australian Workers Union (AWU) has used the recent rescue of mine workers in the Ballarat goldfields to voice its concerns about the Government’s WorkChoice laws.
  • Hazards of stored energy (0) November 19, 2007 IN Queensland in the past five years, at least five fatal accidents in mining or mining related industries have been due to an uncontrolled release of stored energy.
  • Earth fault current limiter parameters (0) November 19, 2007 THE Queensland Mines Inspectorate says mining community, including manufacturers and suppliers, must be aware of earth fault current limiter parameters in underground coal mines, and the requirements of the Australian ...
  • Ballarat miners freed (0) November 19, 2007 RESCUERS have successfully brought to the surface the last of 27 miners trapped hundreds of metres underground by a cave-in at a gold mine in Ballarat early today.
  • BHP COO killed in chopper crash (0) November 19, 2007 AUSTRALIAN David Hopgood was among the five people killed in a helicopter crash in Angola.
  • SA establishes resources taskforce (0) November 19, 2007 A HIGH level taskforce has been set up to ensure South Australia capitalises on a resource sector that is moving rapidly from exploration to extraction.
  • Huge rise in exploration in WA (0) November 19, 2007 Western Australia is experiencing phenomenal growth in mineral and petroleum exploration investment, according to the latest figures from the Australian Bureau of Statistics.
  • Pioneering geologist recognised (0) November 19, 2007 AFTER 50 years in an unmarked grave, a new memorial has been unveiled in Nannup, Western Australia commemorating the life of pioneer geologist Henry William Beamish Talbot.
  • Mining slow to energy efficiency (0) November 19, 2007 THE mining and metals sector has been alarmingly slow to adopt sustained energy management practices with 42.9% of companies still not having implemented an official energy policy, according to a ...
  • 2008 Safety & Health Conference (0) November 17, 2007 THE Chamber of Minerals & Energy (CME) has released the registration brochure and program for the 2008 Safety & Health Conference on 10 and 11 March 2008 at the Sheraton ...
  • Innovation Awards 2008 (0) November 17, 2007 ENTRIES to the 2008 Chamber of Minerals & Energy of Western Australia’s (CME) Safety and Health Innovation Awards are now open.
  • Wine helps find new mineral deposits (0) November 16, 2007 THE key to finding new mineral deposits in Australia could be to start looking with a glass of wine or a soft drink.
  • Outstanding leadership (0) November 16, 2007 THE inaugural Queensland Resources Council (QRC) medal has been awarded to Sustainable Minerals Institute (SMI) director Professor Don McKee
  • More women in mining (0) November 16, 2007 THE resources industry is becoming more attractive to women, according to the Queensland Resources Council (QRC)
  • After the resources boom (0) November 16, 2007 By allocating resources to their pricing competencies and systems, forward-thinking suppliers will achieve above-average margins. Victor Keddis writes
  • Trade teachers awarded (0) November 16, 2007 THE Minerals Council of Australia has awarded three vocational education and training teachers for excellence in ensuring the mining, quarrying and drilling industries of Australia have access to highly skilled ...
  • Isocyanates and resin alert (0) November 16, 2007 THE Department of Mines and Energy (DME) warns of the dangers of two-pack paints and isocyanate-based Polyurethane Resins (PUR)
  • Vector drives (0) November 15, 2007 A DRIVE manufacturer has released a series of selectable vector drives for industrial process applications
  • CD couplings (0) November 15, 2007 A COUPLING manufacturer has introduced a new range of CD couplings
  • Variable speed drives (0) November 15, 2007 AN AUTOMATION technology supplier has released a new range of variable-speed drives
  • Motor management system (0) November 15, 2007 AN ELECTRONICS manufacturer has released a new motor management system
  • Servo motor and amplifier (0) November 15, 2007 A SERVO motors and amplifier manufacturer has released a new series of motion controllers
  • PLC and motion control (0) November 15, 2007 A POWER transmission and drive manufacturer has released a series of PLC and motion controllers
  • Exploration boom biggest in 25 years (0) November 15, 2007 IN 2006-07, exploration in Australia’s minerals and energy sector was around $4 billion, the highest level in real terms (2006-07) since 1981-82 and 73% higher than the average over the ...
  • Queensland safety summary (0) November 14, 2007 VEHICLE collision has been reported as the number one cause of serious accidents and high potential mining incidents in Queensland
  • WA staffing nightmare (0) November 14, 2007 SALARIES are high in Western Australian (WA), but one in three employers experience staff retention problems, according to a recent report.
  • Explorers to come clean (0) November 14, 2007 MINERAL explorers have been warned to abide by the conditions in their Program of Work (POW) approvals, or lose their tenements
  • NT opens door to China (0) November 14, 2007 THE Northern Territory Government is pushing for foreign investment in the mining sector
  • Mining giant worth $400b (0) November 13, 2007 THE mining industry has been on the lips of economic forecasters and shareholders this week, as BHP Billiton revealed it wants to buy Rio Tinto
  • Gold ore mining outlook (0) November 12, 2007 THE performance of the Gold Ore Mining Industry will continue to follow broad trends in production and Australian dollar prices, according to IBISWorld.
  • Metal ore mining nec (0) November 12, 2007 INDUSTRY performance will continue to be driven by trends in the output and price of this industry’s key commodities
  • Mineral sand mining (0) November 12, 2007 THE output of mineral sands is expected to expand over the period to 2011-12, reflecting, rising demand and the start-up of new operations
  • Ball valve (0) November 11, 2007 A PNEUMATIC equipment manufacturer has released a microprocessor operated ball valve
  • Hydraulic tester (0) November 10, 2007 A HYDRAULIC equipment manufacturer has released a reversible hydraulic tester
  • Dump valves (0) November 9, 2007 A PNEUMATIC valve manufacturer has released a series of soft-start air isolation and dump valves
  • Precision slide (0) November 9, 2007 A PNEUMATIC equipment manufacturer has released a precision slide with double-acting cylinder
  • Progressive start valve (0) November 9, 2007 A PNEUMATIC equipment manufacturer has released a progressive start valve
  • Australia to rethink mining: report (0) November 9, 2007 A REPORT on the long-term sustainability of mining in Australia has found that a radical rethink is needed for the industry to remain viable
  • Piston gauge (0) November 8, 2007 AN INSTRUMENTATION manufacturer has released a differential piston gauge
  • Air filter (0) November 8, 2007 AN AIR filter manufacturer has released a new range of compressed air filters.
  • Dr Karl withdraws comments (0) November 8, 2007 DR KARL Kruszelnicki has corrected comments that he made about the daily amount of carbon dioxide emitted from burning coal
  • Fire ball engulfs workers (0) November 8, 2007 THE Queensland Department of Mines and Energy (DME) has issued a safety bulletin after two mine workers received serious burns in an underground mine
  • Linear actuators (0) November 8, 2007 A PNEUMATIC equipment manufacturer has introduced a new series of High-Performance Linear Actuators (HLA)
  • Stored energy hazard (14) November 7, 2007 THE Queensland Department of Mines and Energy (DME) has issued a safety bulletin warning of uncontrolled release of stored energy
  • Rescue training pays off (0) November 7, 2007 WESTERN Australian mine rescue teams have put there skills to test in real-life scenarios recently
  • CME appoints chief executive (0) November 7, 2007 THE Chamber of Minerals and Energy (CME) has appointed Reg Howard-Smith as chief executive officer.
  • Reducing underground error (23) November 7, 2007 THE right information about the success of drilling and blasting patterns can be attained with the latest surveying and in-hole data capture technology.
  • Boost for North-West Province (0) November 7, 2007 The QRC and the Queensland Government will commence formal discussions on the development of the Mount Isa-Townsville rail link
  • Exporters win big (0) November 6, 2007 MINING companies have been recognised as Queensland best exporters
  • Clean coal a furphy, says Dr Karl (0) November 6, 2007 DR KARL has had a Microsleep on clean coal, according to Australia’s largest mining industry associations
  • Wireless system a blast (0) November 5, 2007 A PYROTECHNIC initiation company has developed what is said to be the first underground wireless remote blasting system in a big boost for underground blasting safety.
  • West Cliff powers up (0) November 5, 2007 BHP Billiton Illawarra Coal is reducing greenhouse gas emissions by converting discarded mine exhaust into fuel for a sophisticated power plant.
  • Bringing science to subsidence (24) November 5, 2007 MINE subsidence research in the Southern Coalfields of New South Wales has established that UK subsidence standards are inappropriate for Australian conditions.
  • Research ignites explosives production (57) November 5, 2007 LONG waiting periods for a key group of explosives will be a thing of the past with state of the art testing facilities in Australia.
  • Power supply alert (0) November 5, 2007 THE Queensland Department of Mines and Energy (DME) has issued a safety alert after a shuttle car ran over and damaged its own power supply cable.
  • Podcast: CFMEU district vice-president Stuart Vaccaneo (0) November 4, 2007 Australian Mining journalist Daniel Hall speaks with CFMEU district vice-president Stuart Vaccaneo about the recent review of the Queensland Mines and Quarries Annual Safety Performance and Health Report
  • Podcast: QRC chief executive Michael Roche (0) November 3, 2007 Australian Mining journalist Daniel Hall speaks with Queensland Resources Council chief executive Michael Roche about the recent review of the Queensland Mines and Quarries Annual Safety Performance and Health Report. ...
  • Crib hut blown over (0) November 3, 2007 THE Queensland Department of Mines and Energy (DME) has issued a safety alert following an incident where a crib hut was blown over in a storm.
  • Health and safety a winner (0) November 2, 2007 A WESTERN Australian (WA) Alumina and bauxite miner has won the National Minerals Industry Safety and Health Excellence Award
  • Rubber tyre alert (0) November 2, 2007 THE Queensland Department of Mines and Energy (DME) has issued a safety alert following an incident where a wheel has fallen off a dump truck.
  • Rock fall safety alert (0) November 2, 2007 THE Department of Mines and Energy (DME) Mines inspectorate safety alert has warned of the dangers of rock-fall from unsupported ground.
  • Worker hits powerline (0) November 2, 2007 THE Queensland Department of Mines and Energy (DME) has issued a safety alert after a mine worker struck an overhead powerline.
  • Workshop safety alert (0) November 1, 2007 A DEPARTMENT of Mines and Energy (DME) safety alert warns maintenance workers to be aware of workshop hazards.
  • Climate change success (0) November 1, 2007 ALCOA has been awarded the Clean Air Achievement Award for leadership in clean air technology
  • Gold star training (0) November 1, 2007 THE Institute for Trade Skills Excellence (ITSE) has launched a star rating scheme that recognises excellence in trade skills training.
  • Water on the boil in Illawarra (0) November 1, 2007 SYDNEY Catchment Authority concerns over mining induced subsidence have been questioned by the industry
  • New direction for Mid-West iron (0) October 31, 2007 THE Western Australian Government has endorsed a framework for the sustainable development of the Mid-West iron industry
  • Industry releases policy agenda (0) October 31, 2007 AUSTRALIA’S minerals industry associations have gone on the offensive, with the 2007 Federal election drawing near.
  • Resources commitment rewarded (0) October 30, 2007 NORTH West Shelf Gas (NWSG) and the Chamber of Minerals and Energy of Western Australia (CME) have announced Tim Shanahan as the recipient of the 2007 WA Gas Industry Development ...
  • Superpit even bigger (0) October 30, 2007 THE biggest open pit goldmine in Australia is set to grow
  • Mining for data (0) October 30, 2007 THE demand for increased reliability and optimisation in the industry is driving technology to capture real-time data.
  • Community consultation a success (0) October 30, 2007 DENDROBIUM coal mine has overcome community concerns to develop a new $6 million coal sizer
  • Review slams QLD safety reporting (0) October 30, 2007 A DEPARTMENT of Mines and Energy (DME) review has shown a lot of work needs to be done to improve safety reporting in Queensland Mines and Quarries
  • International mining school (0) October 30, 2007 SANDVIK Mining and Construction and six international universities are developing a post-graduate university course on mining engineering.
  • Big bucket wheel reclaimer saves time (0) October 29, 2007 WITH the help of a lifting solutions company engineers at ThyssenKrupp reduced the assembly time of building an urgently needed big bucket wheel reclaimer. *Rod Lindblade writes
  • New PIRSA Chief Executive (0) October 29, 2007 SOUTH Australian Agriculture Food and Fisheries Minister Rory McEwen has welcomed the appointment of Geoff Knight as the new Chief Executive of Primary Industries and Resources SA (PIRSA).
  • Metal and rock detection system (0) October 29, 2007 THE Siemens Industrial Solutions and Services Group (I&S) has received an order from RWE Power to install a metal and rock detection system on bucket-wheel excavators for open-casting mining.
  • Safety: the good, the bad and the ugly (0) October 29, 2007 A RECENTLY released report commissioned by the Safety Institute of Australia (SIA), has found that Australian industry’s reactive approach to OHS is leaving thousands of workers at risk
  • Flexibility and choice preferred (0) October 29, 2007 BY all accounts, the choice is clear what mining professionals prefer: real flexibility and choice in workplace agreements. Jamie Wade writes
  • Federal ALP – industry says NO (0) October 29, 2007 DESPITE concessions the ALP has failed to win the hearts and minds of the mining industry. Jamie Wade writes
  • Nickel ore mining outlook (0) October 26, 2007 TRENDS in US dollar nickel prices, the value of the Australian dollar and in the volume of nickel production will continue to drive industry performance during the outlook period.
  • Silver, lead and zinc Ore mining outlook (0) October 26, 2007 PLANNED and prospective increases in zinc mine capacity are expected to boost zinc output to about 1.73 million tonnes by 2012-13.
  • Uranium mining outlook (0) October 26, 2007 INDUSTRY performance will continue to be driven by trends in the output and price of uranium.
  • Long-term strategic plan for Mid-West (0) October 26, 2007 THE WA Government has backed a strategic framework for the long-term sustainable development of the Mid-West iron-ore industry.
  • Call for a pastoralist-mining code in SA (0) October 26, 2007 WITH the mining boom in South Australia showing no signs of slowing, pastoralists and miners should consider creating a formal Code of Conduct to reduce potential conflict between the two ...
  • Central Queensland miner awarded (0) October 26, 2007 A SENIOR mining executive from central Queensland has been awarded Thiess’ highest leadership award at a ceremony held in Brisbane last night.
  • WA mine fire rescue praised (0) October 25, 2007 The Australian Workers’ Union (AWU) was relieved to see all 54 miners at the WA Goldfields Kanowna Belle Gold Mine safely rescued last night after being trapped underground for over ...
  • Mineral sand mining outlook (0) October 25, 2007 THE output of mineral sands is expected to expand over the period to 2011-12, reflecting, rising demand and the start-up of new operations.
  • Podcast: mapping a grinding mill (0) October 25, 2007 THE Unearthed Report on Australian Mining: editor Jamie Wade interviews Scanalyse CEO Peter Clarke about his company’s specially calibrated 3D laser scanner that collects superior data on grinding mill liners. ...
  • Podcast: detecting equipment faults (0) October 25, 2007 THE Unearthed Report on Australian Mining: editor Jamie Wade interviews CT&E Group managing director Terry McConnell on how thermal imaging or infrared technology can locate faults without any disruption to ...
  • Iron ore mining outlook (0) October 24, 2007 THE outlook for the Iron Ore Mining Industry will be heavily influenced by trends in steel demand and production, price negotiations with Japanese steel producers and the value of the ...
  • Metal ore mining outlook strong (0) October 24, 2007 INDUSTRY performance will continue to be driven by trends in the output and price of this industry’s key commodities.
  • Lady Annie Copper Mine opens (0) October 24, 2007 THE $95 million Lady Annie Copper Mine north in north west Queensland has officially opened.
  • New standards for employers (1) October 24, 2007 THE Business Council of Australia (BCA) has released a paper outlining the need for employers to re-think standards of employment to increase workforce participation
  • 3D laser scanning (1) October 24, 2007 A UK based laser scanning specialist has signed an agreement with an Australian distributor of surveying equipment to supply a new laser measurement system
  • Green light for $225m berth at Port Hedland (0) October 24, 2007 THE WA Government has approved development of a new $225million multi-user public berth at Port Hedland.
  • International explosives training (38) October 23, 2007 AN INTERNATIONAL body for explosives professionals has released a new training program.
  • Boom structural not cyclical: report (0) October 23, 2007 WESTERN Australia’s economic expansion is structural not cyclical, according to the WA Department of Industry and Resources (DoIR) Annual Report 2006-07.
  • Iluka tops emergency response (0) October 23, 2007 ILUKA Resources ‘Sandstormers’ emergency response team won the overall best at the South West Emergency Response Skills Challenge at Australind Senior High School over the weekend.
  • Copper mining outlook (0) October 23, 2007 THE outlook for the Copper Ore Mining industry points to falling revenue for the five year period to 2012-13, as US dollar copper prices retreat from the extraordinarily high levels ...
  • Power shovel with AC drive (0) October 23, 2007 A MINING equipment supplier has introduced a new power shovel with AC drive technology to the oil sands region of Alberta, Canada.
  • Opportunities for local suppliers (0) October 22, 2007 A BONANZA in oil and gas projects is opening up a wealth of opportunity for local suppliers.
  • Mill mapping technology a winner (0) October 22, 2007 A WESTERN Australian-owned company delivering technology-based wear management solutions has won the WA Inventor of the Year 2007 for a revolutionary device that maps the inner workings of a grinding ...
  • Download report into QLD mine safety (0) October 22, 2007 THE Queensland Government has released an independent review of safety statistics in Queensland mines
  • Warts-and-all report on QLD safety (0) October 22, 2007 THE Queensland Government is releasing today a ‘warts-and-all’ report on the way in which mine safety performance is being reported.
  • Australian mining powers on (0) October 20, 2007 THE major factor affecting the performance of the mining industry will continue to be the pace of world economic growth, the competitiveness of Australian producers and the value of the ...
  • Mines inspectors begin investigation (0) October 20, 2007 QUEENSLAND Department of Mines and Energy Mines Inspectors have begun a formal investigation into the above-ground fire late Thursday at Boundary Hill open cut mine, which injured two men.
  • Site to ship: have your say (0) October 19, 2007 AUSTRALIAN Mining invites delegates to attend a coal supply chain roundtable on 8 November
  • Mining industry on show (0) October 19, 2007 THE Chamber of Minerals and Energy of Western Australia (CME) is holding its inaugural ResourCity open day in Perth CBD on Friday 26 October 2007.
  • Mine explosion injures two (0) October 19, 2007 TWO men have received serious burns after an explosion at a Queensland coalmine caused a fire that burned for more than four hours.
  • $2.2 million safety grant (0) October 19, 2007 A MINING products and services company has been awarded a $2.2 million grant from the Australian Government to develop a driver safety management system
  • New minerals processing R&D (0) October 19, 2007 THE CSIRO has released its latest issue of Process magazine covering the latest research in minerals processing technology and projects.
  • More land for Kununurra (0) October 19, 2007 THE Western Australian Government is fast tracking the delivery of land to meet high demand for housing in the Kimberley region.
  • Strong demand drives bauxite mining (0) October 19, 2007 GROWTH in the global demand for aluminium and alumina over the period to 2011-12 will support an expansion in Australia’s bauxite production.
  • Articulated dump trucks (0) October 18, 2007 A FLEET of non-underground articulated dump trucks is undergoing performance assessment at Mt Wright gold mine to determine suitability for underground operation.
  • Water quality meter (0) October 18, 2007 A COMPANY that manufactures hand held water monitoring equipment has released the YSI 556 MPS handheld multi-probe water quality monitor system that can be used in groundwater and surface water
  • Hydraulic pumps and valves (0) October 18, 2007 A HYDRAULIC pumps and pipes manufacturer has released an aluminium body gear pump range
  • Adapter ball bearings (0) October 18, 2007 A BALL bearing manufacturer has released wash-down versions of its ball bearing range
  • Maintenance and overhaul kit (0) October 18, 2007 AN ENGINEERING adhesives and sealants manufacturer has released the Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) kit
  • Communications cap lamp (0) October 18, 2007 A COMPANY specialising in underground communications equipment has released an Integrated Communications Cap Lamp (ICCL) that incorporates communications and safety technology
  • Clean coal progress (0) October 18, 2007 THE Queensland Government has announced funding commitment for the State’s first low-emission coal-based power generation project.
  • Scissor lift range (0) October 18, 2007 AN UPGRADED electric scissor lift range is available with 76 cm chassis width, and a platform capacity of 450 kg.
  • Fixed wireless terminal (0) October 18, 2007 A communications-company has released a Fixed Wireless Terminal (FWT) that offers wireless users voice, fax and broadband internet communication.
  • New Alcoa managing director (0) October 18, 2007 ALCOA of Australia has appointed Alan Cransberg managing director, effective 1 February 2008
  • Industry Geomechanics partnership (0) October 17, 2007 THE University of Queensland (UQ) has announced a $1.5 million partnership with Golder Associates to address skills shortages and research needs in geotechnical engineering.
  • Environmental data management software (0) October 17, 2007 SOFTWARE to facilitate better management of monitoring data is now operating at a number of mine sites around Australia.
  • Geraldton Port capacity to increase (0) October 17, 2007 THE Geraldton Port’s iron ore export capability is set to increase substantially with the arrival of a new high-capacity iron ore shiploader.
  • Resin firing nozzle (0) October 17, 2007 THE Trajectaflex Resin Firing Nozzle is a steel nozzle designed to shoot a two pack synthetic resin capsule into a pre drilled bolt hole for resin set bolting
  • Portable socket outlet (0) October 17, 2007 A POWER distribution board manufacturer has released a range of portable socket outlet assemblies
  • WA safety codes under review (0) October 16, 2007 THE Mining Industry Advisory Committee (MIAC) has released three mining draft Codes of Practice for public consultation and comment on the Resources Safety Division website:
  • Safety and health conference (0) October 16, 2007 THE 2008 Chamber of Minerals and Energy of Western Australia’s (CME) Safety and Health Conference Driving a Safer Future will be held on the 10 and 11 March 2008 at ...
  • Immigration changes (0) October 16, 2007 THE Minister for Immigration and Citizenship has announced changes to the sponsorship, nomination and visa regulations affecting recruitment/labour hire and on-hire industry.
  • Collinsville disaster remembered (0) October 16, 2007 THE Queensland coal mining town of Collinsville held a memorial service recently to commemorate the lives of 26 miners who died on the Collinsville coalfields.
  • New housing for Newman (0) October 16, 2007 HOUSING availability in the Pilbara mining town of Newman is set to expand with civil works starting on Stage 1 of the State Government’s East Newman development.
  • Way forward for Oakajee (0) October 16, 2007 THE WA Government has announced the way forward for the Oakajee port project and associated rail infrastructure.
  • Kimberley skills workshop (0) October 16, 2007 KUNUNURRA TAFE in the Kimberley region of Western Australia has received a $1.25 million trade-training workshop upgrade.
  • Contract win for Thiess (0) October 15, 2007 THIESS has secured two $500 million mining and infrastructure contracts at Tarong Mine and Lake Vermont Coal Mine.
  • QRC applauds Premier’s stand (0) October 15, 2007 THE peak representative body for Queensland minerals and energy sector companies has welcomed the Premier Bligh’s decisive action to provide legislative support for the proposed expansion of Xstrata Coal’s Newlands ...
  • Margins after the resources boom (0) October 15, 2007 NOW is the time to start developing and implementing strategies to insulate from the inevitable margin erosion on the horizon. Inovyse director Victor Keddis writes
  • To heap leach or not to leach (0) October 15, 2007 The Mineral Engineering Technical Services’ (METS) latest newsletter includes an article on heap leaching.
  • Indigenous group wins major contract (0) October 14, 2007 A CONTRACT for drill pad preparation for BHP Billiton Iron Ore’s exploration sites in the Yandi area has been awarded to Indigenous company, Carey Bilyulu.
  • Keeping them rolling (0) October 14, 2007 A more structured approach to roller maintenance is paying big dividends in the crushing area at Nelson Point with a 70% reduction in roller failures saving millions in downtime.
  • Budget in ship shape (0) October 13, 2007 JULY was a good start to the financial year for BHP Billiton Iron Ore with mining (OFR), railing and shipping all finishing above budget for the month.
  • Making decisions at the white house (0) October 13, 2007 In the White House on the Hill, the dispatch team at Whaleback are known for going above and beyond the call of duty.
  • 4000th ore car celebrations (0) October 12, 2007 TWO wagon maintenance employees recently travelled to Ipswich in Queensland to celebrate the making of the 4000th Rio Tinto Iron Ore (RTIO) ore car by freight rail specialist Bradken.
  • Rescue plan for Portec Jacks Pit entry (0) October 12, 2007 THE 7-mile Emergency Response Team was asked by the wagon maintenance department to confirm a previously written rescue plan for the confined space entry to the Portec Jacks Pit as ...
  • Big step for Gorgon Project (0) October 12, 2007 THE Australian Government has given environmental approval for the $11 billion Gorgon Project in Western Australia
  • Midwest information session (0) October 12, 2007 One of Australia’s largest hematite iron ore producers will host an event to give industry professionals an insight into the company.
  • More big news for Pilbara housing (0) October 12, 2007 BHP Billiton Iron Ore has recently announced a further investment of $190 million to provide more high-quality employee housing in Newman and Port Hedland.
  • Have a blast at explosives conference (0) October 12, 2007 The International Society of Explosives Engineers will host the 34th Annual Conference on Explosives and Blasting Technique at the Sheraton New Orleans Hotel, New Orleans, Louisiana, from January 27 to ...
  • Positive signal for rail (0) October 11, 2007 THE Queensland Resources Council (QRC) has welcomes Queensland government’s rail investment
  • Alert over crane hoist failure (0) October 11, 2007 A NSW mine safety authority has announced two incidents of crane operators accidentally releasing crane hooks.
  • Coal terminal approved (0) October 10, 2007 THE Newcastle Coal Infrastructure Group (NCIG) has received New South Wales Government approval to build and operate a 66 Mtpa capacity coal export terminal for the Port of Newcastle.
  • ‘Lean’ wagons through the workshop (0) October 10, 2007 ‘STANDARDISED Work’, one of the foundations of Lean, has been employed in the Rail Division for the first time – and the positive results are already starting to show.
  • New machine to reduce risk and strain (0) October 10, 2007 A NEW machine to reduce the risk and “manhandling” involved in installing ore car connecting pins will soon be operating at the wagon workshop.
  • IR policy fails resources: AMMA (0) October 10, 2007 A REVISED Australian Mines and Metals Association (AMMA) analysis of Coalition and ALP workplace relations policies has found ALP IR policy still falls short in several areas.
  • New technology – crystal gazing (0) October 9, 2007 THE need to manage smaller, more highly skilled and more mobile workforces whose abilities are in great demand will require different industrial relations strategies. From the State (Western Australia) Mining ...
  • Safety keeps pace with growth – just (0) October 9, 2007 THE recently released Safety performance in the Western Australian mineral industry – accident and injury statistics 05–06 revealed a 10% increase in the average workforce from the previous year.
  • Fatalities up in Western Australia (0) October 9, 2007 A PROJECT manager, a drill jumbo operator, an electrician, a charge-up operator, and a blast hole drill operator accounted for the five fatalities in the mining industry in Western Australia ...
  • Nickel plant go-ahead (0) October 9, 2007 A NEW nickel concentrate plant will be built at the Cosmic Boy deposit in the Eastern Goldfields of Western Australia.
  • Serious injuries on the rise in WA (1) October 9, 2007 SLIPS, trips, sprains, strains, dislocations, cuts, burns, amputations, breaks, fractures, crushes, tears, and hernias were among the 349 serious injuries reported in WA during 2005-06.
  • Improvement projects at Cape Lambert (0) October 9, 2007 VALUE Driven Product Planning, or VDPP, has given momentum to several business improvement projects at Cape Lambert.
  • New Poke-In delivering results (0) October 9, 2007 THE West Angelas Supplementary Ore Project, also affectionately known as the ‘poke-in’, has delivered an average additional 11,000 t/day since it began in February.
  • New technology powers haul trucks (0) October 9, 2007 YANDI minesite recently introduced Komatsu 830E AC (electric drive) haul trucks, resulting in faster material movement, greater reliability, and reduced maintenance and costs.
  • East Pilbara Remote Operations Centre (0) October 9, 2007 RIO Tinto Iron Ore’s East Pilbara Remote Operations Centre is rapidly taking shape, with walls now up and windows in place.
  • Mines safety review in WA (0) October 8, 2007 THE WA Government has appointed Commissioner Stephen Kenner of the WA Industrial Relations Commission to review the Mines Safety and Inspection Act 1994.
  • WA short-changed: minister (0) October 8, 2007 WA Planning and Infrastructure Minister Alannah MacTiernan claims Western Australia is being short-changed by the Federal Government for fails to invest in vital infrastructure such as roads and ports.
  • FIFO service from Busselton (20) October 8, 2007 RIO Tinto Iron Ore will start its new fly-in, fly-out (FIFO) commute roster from Busselton before the end of the year.
  • Optimum plant design (24) October 8, 2007 Technical focus: plant design and equipment. Simon Courtenay writes
  • Isolating vibration (0) October 8, 2007 WHILE air springs have proven extremely robust, environmental factors should be considered when evaluating their suitability for particular tasks. *Simon Agar writes
  • Flexible child care needed (0) October 8, 2007 CHILD care is the key to increasing female participation in the mining industry, according to the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (The AusIMM).
  • Test-rig has loads of potential (0) October 8, 2007 DRILLSTRING failures, the bane of underground and surface drillers everywhere, may one day be less of a problem. Sarah Belfield writes
  • Closing in on stick-slip (0) October 8, 2007 THE old chestnut of stick-slipping drillstrings is back again, but this time around we may come closer to understanding how this problem arises. Sarah Belfield writes for Australian Mining
  • Beware snake hazard (0) October 7, 2007 SNAKES are a daily hazard for Rio Tinto Iron Ore staff and contractors.
  • Ideas to reduce train dumping cycle time (0) October 7, 2007 Up to six minutes could be saved per train dumping cycle thanks to a number of initiatives identified by Rio Tinto Iron Ore staff during Coastal Operations first Quick changeover ...
  • Noise reduction at Dampier (0) October 6, 2007 RIO Tinto Iron Ore recently reduced noise emissions from its Dampier operations.
  • Major shutdown at Cape Lambert (0) October 6, 2007 CAPE Lambert operations recently conducted a $1.75 million major shutdown of Car Dumper One’s primary crusher to change the concave liners and rebuild the spider assembly and apron feeder.
  • Four ships berthed at Parker Point (0) October 5, 2007 A SIGNIFICANT milestone in the Dampier Port upgrade was achieved this July when four ships were simultaneously berthed at Parker Point.