Fatalities spark safety questions


(Paul Harrison Department of Natural Resources and Mines Deputy Director-General for mine safety and health) The 2015 Queensland Mining Industry Health and Safety Conference has started in Townsville. The importance of sharing safety information was introduced by Professor Jim Joy from Jim Joy and Associates who said mine fatalities averaged seven a year from 2007 Read More

Study finds safe substitute to welding underground


(Simtars technical officer David Soady prepares a cover plate with epoxy products for testing) Breakthrough research on the use of “plastic metal” for repairs in underground coal mines is expected to cut downtime and avoid the hazards involved with welding in that environment. Principal engineer Bipin Parmar is leading the Simtars (Safety in Mines Testing Read More

AusIMM recognises its own in north west Queensland

Darryn Tracy, Jose Siliezar, Rhonda O'Sullivan, Simon Pope (Glencore)

(AusIMM NQ committee members Darryn Tracy, Jose Siliezar, Rhonda O’Sullivan and Simon Pope)  Glencore is the big winner out of the recent Australian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy (AusIMM) North Queensland regional mining conference and awards night in Cloncurry. The conference titled, Challenging standard practices to find value in adverse conditions, drew around 100 delegates and Read More

Dugald River to mature late 2018

MMG senior geologist Alex Nichol

(MMG senior geologist Alex Nichol) The first continuous production of zinc concentrates will be shipped from Dugald River in late 2018. The recent announcement by MMG of its continued investment in the Dugald River lease 65kms north west of Cloncurry is a bright light in an otherwise depressed industry. The expected remaining cost of the Read More

Seafloor Mapping first

Seafloor Mapping

Big data maps world’s ocean floors Scientists from the University of Sydney’s School of Geosciences have led the creation of the world’s first digital map of the seafloor’s geology. It is the first time the composition of the seafloor, covering 70 percent of the Earth’s surface, has been mapped in 40 years; the most recent Read More

Peninsula Developmental Road upgrade scheduled to start

Peninsula Developmen Road 2

WORK is scheduled to start mid-August on the Mein Deviation project to seal 29 kilometres of the Peninsula Developmental Road south of Coen in Cape York. The Department of Transport and Main Roads is planning three more projects on the Peninsula Developmental Road this calendar year, two between Laura and Coen and one between Coen and Read More

Mining the IoT

Komatsu 960E_Adani

The resources industry has been among the first to recognise the potential in Internet of Things (IoT) technology. Komatsu and General Electric recently joined forces to provide big-data analysis services for mining customers, using IoT technology to boost fleet efficiency, for example. Under the new partnership, Komatsu will send operational data collected from sensors attached Read More

JCU engineering big data future


Professor Paul Dirks from JCU with HP Enterprise Group’s Les Pall. Graphic: solarseven/ North Queensland engineering is taking on the brave new world of big data through ground-breaking course offerings at James Cook University. A new major in electronic systems and the internet of things is being offered through the university’s Cairns campus from 2016 Read More

Registration as insurance

Dawson Wilkie 3

(Board of Professional Engineers of Queensland chairman Dawson Wilkie) A court ruling on unsatisfactory supervision of an unregistered engineer in Ipswich has fuelled a new awareness campaign throughout Queensland. The Board of Professional Engineers of Queensland has approved a stakeholder engagement and communication strategy to raise awareness of the Registered Professional Engineer of Queensland (RPEQ) Read More

NT Link given a boost by Queensland

Qld Govt Crest

The Queensland government has given a boost to the NT Link project. The project is an initiative of the Northern Territory government which is positioning itself as an alternative gas provider to the eastern states where it is estimated there will be a gas shortage by 2018. The announcement was made yesterday said Mount Isa Read More

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