Mining is a global, innovative industry.
It is one that is constantly developing, and striding ahead, making significant technological changes as it does.
The mining equipment and technology sector usually makes advances thanks to the dedication and expertise of individuals or small groups that have pushed the boundaries of innovation and R&D to bring new solutions to the industry.
Sometimes initially facing internal and external scepticism or funding shortages, these leaps of progress have gone on to help make major increases in productivity and efficiency in mining, as well as in some cases making operations safer through helping to remove operators and miners from high risk roles.
Yet one thing that the industry does not always do well is recognise those who have made an impact.
International Mining has now created the Technology Hall of Fame, which seeks to recognise those who have made a technological difference to the industry.
According to the magazine, the "Technology Hall of Fame will recognise the technical innovators of our industry – past and present".
It "will recognise these pioneers across a range of categories, and perhaps going back many years. Nominees could be as varied as the developer of a fundamental improvement in crusher or drill rig design, to the introduction of a new process or mining method," IM said.
Nominations are now open; however they will close on the 20th of September.