Queensland Mining Awards 2018 finalists announced

Ian Macfarlane and Jodie Currie of the Bowen Basin Mining Club. Image: Patrick Hamilton

The Queensland Mining Awards has announced its cohort of finalists, ranging from small, locally owned companies such as Mackay-based QCCS and HMA Wear Solutions, to large contractors such as Downer, McLanahan and Wolff and producers Rio Tinto.

Co-host Bowen Basin Mining Club director Jodie Currie said that the calibre of submission suggested a clear show of industry recovery.

“It’s fantastic to be celebrating our industry with such a strong show of innovation, collaboration and productivity targets,” Currie stated.

Finalists were selected on the basis of their contribution to the industry, measured through their productivity increase, and outcomes that could be effectively replicated for success.

Currie said, “Thanks to our co-hosts, the Queensland Resources Council, the new Collaboration and Safety categories included a brilliant number of entries from industry producers, highlight important initiatives.”

The panel of judges included open cut, underground and minerals industry leaders across various fields including operations, management and procurement and logistics, including Peter Kane, chief operating officer, Coal Group; Dan Kadziela, head of business development, Minerals Australia, BHP; Ian Rees, chief advisor and integrated planning, Rio Tinto Aluminium; Michael Jones, production manager, Jellinbah Resources; Margaret Davies, former supply chain manager, Anglo American; and Suzanne Mitchell, regional practice manager, EconomX.

Category winners and the 2018 Queensland Mining Contractor of the Year will be announced on July 25 in Mackay.

Greyhound Australia Cost Saving Initiative Award

Quarry Mining: Underground Roof Support Drilling Methodologies

Coxons Group Australia: Nosecone Module Exchange for 797F Overhauls

Onsite Rental Group: Onsite Connect – Smarter Rental Equipment Control

Economx Time Saving Initiative Award

McLanahan: Lake Vermont Feeder Breaker Project

Downer Blasting Services: DBS Speedloader

QCCS: Concrete Remediation – Ship Loading Berth

JCB CEA Project Innovation Award

Createnergy Oil Box: Waste Oil Management

Puma Energy: Pumamax Next Gen Diesel

Mine Energy Solutions: Dual Fuel (HDCNG) Durability Trial

Hastings Deering Community/Staff Engagement or EEO Award

New Hope Group: LifeFlight Partnership

Rio Tinto: Amrun Project – Sustaining Indigenous Employment

Clermont Coal Operations: ACDF Conservation and Land Management Course

QME Best Product Launch Award

CST: IoT Virtual Weigh Frame – IntelliRoll

HMA Wear Solutions: SiTech Technology – Cyclone Shrouds

Wolff Mining: Semi-Autonomous Dozers

McLanahan Safety Award

JESI: JESI Journey Management Software

Greyhound Australia: Safer Transport Solutions – TECHBUS

Hastings Deering: No Harm Fatigue Technology Solutions

METS Ignited Collaboration Award

Unearthed/Origin Energy/Advance Queensland: Unearthed Accelerator

Anglo American/Nome Services: Real Time Tailgate Monitoring

Anglo American/Jenmar: Goliath Cable Bolt System

Rio Tinto/Bechtel/Jacobs/McConnell Dowell: Amrun Project – Chith Export Facility