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

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(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

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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

New gas project plans

Early planning is under way for a new coal seam gasfield development north of Roma and Wallumbilla in Queensland. Senex Energy plans to spend $40 million on the Western Surat Gas Project in its first three years, with on-the-ground work to start this financial year and first gas production targeted by the end of 2017. Read More

2015 start for Wateranga works


Drilling at the Wateranga project in southern Queensland. Owner eyes Chinese market for quality ilmenite from open-pit operation. Queensland Industrial Minerals hopes to begin earthmoving and early infrastructure works by the end of the year at its Wateranga minerals project, 30km south-east of Mt Perry in southern Queensland. Ilmenite – used to manufacture titanium pigments Read More

MMG approves updated Dugald River development plan

Haul truck leaving Dugald River’s South Portal

  (Haul truck leaving Dugald River’s South Portal) MMG Limited has announced approval of the updated development plan for the Dugald River zinc project in North-West Queensland, Australia. The updated plan for Dugald River includes a mine production rate of 1.5Mtpa, construction of a concentrator and annual production of approximately 160,000 tonnes of zinc in zinc Read More

RATCHing up Collinsville solar


An artist’s impression of the proposed photovoltaic project at the old Collinsville coal-fired power station site. RATCH Australia Corporation has an early-2016 construction start in its sights for the Collinsville solar power project as it enters offtake discussions with major energy retailers. General manager - business development Anil Nangia said the recent agreement between Labor Read More

Coal record for BHP


BHP Billiton has announced a record 43 million tonnes in metallurgical coal production for 2014-15, up by 13 per cent on the previous financial year. The company said record production and sales volumes for its Queensland coal operations were underpinned by the successful ramp-up of the new Caval Ridge mine at Moranbah and continued productivity Read More

CCF recognises BMD boss


Award winner Paul Fogarty with CCF Queensland president Damian Long. Photo: Michael Warrington BMD Constructions national general manager – infrastructure, Paul Fogarty, has been honoured for his role as an industry leader by Civil Contractors Federation Queensland. Mr Fogarty won the President’s Award at CCF Queensland’s recent 2015 Industry Leaders and Training Awards – an Read More

Coal communities working for pride

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In response to the community, Isaac Regional Council is crushing and removing illegally dumped cars from the Moranbah Common and hosting a community clean-up day on Saturday August 1. It’s hard to keep a coal community down. The Isaac region, weakened by fly-in, fly-out operations and a downturn in infrastructure investment by the industry, has Read More

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