Water use: the whole picture
A technique developed by CSIRO to measure and analyse the water footprint of key mineral commodities – from extraction to metal production – will assist the industry to plan for the future. Maryrose Cuskelly reports
Mining for development: Knowledge transfer
The International Mining for Development Centre is taking Australian knowledge to the international stage to facilitate sustainable mining practices in developing nations. Tim Thwaites reports
Feature: Industry to hear community voice
A major new independent survey of public views about mining is designed to provide industry and government with a deeper understanding of the elements that influence trust in the industry. Tony Heselev reports
International: Delivering wealth
Stronger governance in developing countries and around the world is an important step towards removing corruption and delivering wealth to local communities. Adam Courtenay investigates the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative, the coalition that is making this happen.
Mineral to Metal: Copper (Cu)
Copper has a wide variety of uses, which is why an average car contains more than 20 kg of copper and a suburban home holds around 200 kg.
Standards: Mining in four dimensions
Researchers are piecing together the puzzle of interoperability across the minerals value chain, a concept that could increase productivity and safety. Tim Treadgold finds that all signs point to the need for a common set of standards, from exploration to export.
Big data and high performance computing are infiltrating the minerals industry one technology at a time. Tim Thwaites investigates.
International: Closing the data loop
CSIRO ’s new neighbour at the Queensland Centre for Advanced Technologies, Metso, is set to increase mining productivity with its SmartTag and GeoMetso technologies. David Simpson reports.
Feature: Breaking down barriers
Interoperability and big data integration using high performance computing are enabling scientists to concentrate on what they are good at – science. Tony Heselev reports.
A bird's eye view of land changes
High performance computing has enabled Geoscience Australia to process two million Landsat satellite images from its 30-year archive of data to provide a consistent way of viewing changes in land use over time.
Industry engagement: United nation
Over its 20-year lifespan the Parker Centre delivered world class hydrometallurgy research to the Australian minerals industry, but it seems all good things have to come to an end. Adam Courtenay reports
Collaboration: 20 years and counting
This year the Queensland Centre for Advanced Technologies celebrates its 20th anniversary, and Maryrose Cuskelly thinks there’s plenty more to come
Research perspective: Strength in numbers
Australia’s future depends on research and industry working together, writes Dr Calum Drummond, group executive of manufacturing, materials and minerals research at CSIRO