We are developing a range of automated and smart technologies to improve the safety of mine workers and improve productivity.

The challenge

Improving safety and productivity

The demand for Australia’s natural resources continues to grow. Coal mining comprises approximately 24 per cent of employment and 27 per cent of total revenue for the mining industry. While it is an important industry for Australia’s gross domestic product, it can also be a hazardous workplace. The mining industry continues to improve conditions for mine workers, striving for zero harm, however innovation in processes and technologies are still needed.

Our response

Smarter, safer systems

We are developing a host of solutions which utilise automated systems and advanced processes to reduce the exposure of mine workers to hazardous processes, environments and materials. Additionally, we are finding new ways to reuse waste products.

Our innovative underground longwall automation technology is increasing efficiency and protecting lives. The system uses specialised remote guidance technology to continuously steer the longwall equipment by plotting its position in three dimensions, removing personnel directly from hazards and thereby increasing the safety of the process.

Our Ventilation Air Methane Catalytic Turbine (VAMCAT) technology turns hazardous waste into power that can be used to power operations at the mine. VAMCAT has the potential to significantly reduce global methane emissions by using low methane concentration drainage gas from underground coal mines for energy production.

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