Queensland uni takes mining solutions to Latin America

In a bid to work closer with the mining industry, the University of Queensland’s commercial arm JKTech has established a new office in Santiago, Chile.

JKTech which commercialises research from the university’s Sustainable Minerals Institute has opened the office to provide technologies and skills to enhance the economic and social wealth of its Latin American industry partners.

UQ's vice-chancellor Peter Høj said it makes sense for the university to work closer with industry “to ensure our discoveries make it to the coalface sooner”.

He added that when it comes to mining it is critical any safety or process improvements made are implemented quicker.

“This is particularly important in mining as we strive to seek greater solutions for safety, process efficiency and operational improvements in Chile, and in mining regions across the world,” Høj said.

Recently the result of UQ’s research was the GroundProbe Slope Stability Radar, which helped revolutionise safety in mining through the detection of slope movement.

“By establishing an office in Chile, we can directly provide the support and mechanisms to help drive research outcomes to the market, and to directly benefit the people of Latin America,” Høj said.

The university together with miners like BHP and Xstrata also provides English language training, education and health initiatives in the region. 

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