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.
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.
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
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
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
Feature: Nitric Nickel
A new environmentally friendly processing method that uses and recycles nitric acid could unlock 70 per cent of the world’s nickel. Tim Treadgold reports
New research: Paradigm shift
Research and industry partners have come together to develop practical tools to predict the performance of certain ore bodies throughout the processing stage of the mine cycle. David Simpson reports
New research: Organic meets inorganic
Mineral explorers have had great success in using ancient coral reefs to find zinc deposits in the Kimberley, but links between organic matter and ore deposits remain a mystery. A WA research cluster is examining this relationship. Tim Treadgold reports
Mineral to Metal: Nickel (Ni)
Nickel is a versatile metal that is strong and alloys readily. These traits, combined with its resistance to heat and corrosion, mean that it is a perfect ingredient for making stainless steel. About 65 per cent of the world’s nickel is used in stainless steel production
Industry perspective: Cultivating good ideas
Sydney-based company Direct Nickel is set to unlock millions of tonnes of untapped nickel laterite reserves with a new extraction process, but it hasn’t worked alone. Direct Nickel managing director and CEO Russell Debney explains the benefits and importance of strategic collaboration.