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Director's comment: Drivers for change

Message from Jonathan Law, Director of the CSIRO Minerals Down Under Flagship.

Collaboration: The benefits of automation may not be automatic

Autonomous and remote operation technologies can have consequences far beyond the benefits envisaged by the mining companies introducing them. David Simpson investigates a recent report that identifies the potential effects on communities.

New research: Turning data into knowledge

A workflow portal that uses cloud computing is opening up new opportunities for industry and researchers. Tony Heselev reports

Industry perspective: The mine of the future

Rio Tinto’s head of innovation, John McGagh, talks about the pursuit of greater productivity through the integration of technologies in all facets of mining.

New research: Next stop efficiency

New modelling software has optimised Rio Tinto’s West Australian iron ore operations. David Simpson reports

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.

Research perspective: Found in translation

Head of CSIRO’s mineral exploration research, Dr Rob Hough explains what interoperability means to CSIRO and to the industry.

Collaboration: geology at the click of a button

The AuScope Grid is enabling users to explore Australia’s geology on a national scale through its open-source network of geospatial data. Maryrose Cuskelly reports.

Data revolution

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.

Director's comment: Big data = big opportunities

Message from Jonathan Law, Director of the CSIRO Minerals Down Under Flagship.

Industry engagement: adapting to climate change

A new tool is equipping the mining industry with a way to reduce risk when faced with extreme weather. Matthew Brace 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

Intelligent mining: Moving towards online drilling

The Deep Exploration Technologies Cooperative Research Centre is developing superior data logging and sensing technologies that could see mining change dramatically. 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

Multiple minds are better than one

Tim Thwaites investigates how CSIRO tackles complex national challenges

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.

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