QME kicks off in Mackay today

The Queensland Mining Expo kicked off this morning in glorious Mackay weather, with hundreds of guests through the gates in the first couple of hours.

With all the latest in mining technology and equipment on offer, the Expo caters to all aspects of the mining industry, from exploration to export.

From 9am each day until Thursday, visors can go to the Techlab between pavilion E and F to learn more about increasing productivity with some of the latest development in mining technology available.

At 10:30am today, RedEye Apps CEO Wayne Geard will be speaking about how the convergence of cloud technology and mobile computing has enabled the development of cost-effective and purpose-built solutions for operational problems, using the first fully cloud-based and purpose-built engineering drawing management solution for mining companies and their service providers.

From 11am Atlas Copco's automation manager Adrian Boeing will address the increasing challenges faced by the coal industry, due to declining resource base, pricing pressures and cost constraints, and on site hazards.

Boeing will show how Atlas Copco's latest autonomous surface drilling and enhanced information systems are just some of the key areas that the innovative Rig Control System delivers benefits to coal mining operations.

Michael Sargaison from Sandvik's fire suppression department will outline the new landscape of changes in fire safety in Queensland at 1pm, in relation to changes to the Environmental Protection act as it relates to fire fighting foam.

Sargaison will speak on the requirements for end users and OEM's who install these systems on their customers machines, issues with the current fire fighting foams, as well as the reasons for and direct results of these policy changes now and into the future.

2pm will see Charl Kleinhans from Seimens tackle the problem of Earth Fault Protection for Variable Speed Drive (VSD) applications, focusing on Medium Voltage (MV) VSDs, with particular reference to the multi-level topology of the Siemens Sinamics Perfect Harmony MV VSD in the context of plant and personnel safety.

At 11am the QME Community Hub will host a safety discussion panel, with Jason Andrews-Reid (Operations manager for QMRS), Rachel Blee (A Miner's Legacy), Mick Baker (National Safety Training and Environment manager for Jenmar AUS) and Lainie Anderson (director of Mining Family Matters).

The Queensland Government Innovation forum at 1:30pm will give visitors and exhibitors the opportunity to join the discussion with industry leaders and innovators in the resources sector.

The QLD deputy premier opening the event this morning.

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