CSIRO’s Mineral Resources expertise and technology was on display at the Resources Innovation Showcase, held on 18 February in Fremantle.

Presented in conjunction with the RIU Explorers Conference, the showcase focussed on the latest techniques and technologies emerging from CSIRO in the area of resource characterisation and precision mining.

Red-haired woman speaking behind a lectern

Laura Kuhar, CSIRO Mineral Resources Research Team Leader, Processing presenting on in-situ recovery

Opening the event, keynote speaker Asmita Mahanta from BHP offered an industry perspective of the challenges across the minerals value chain. Mahanta highlighted the significance of data at all stages of the process, using the example of the impact machine learning at one point in the chain can have to determine parameters at different points in the stream.

Leveraging off these insights were presentations on resource characterisation and tools for exploration and processing. A major session topic was low impact, precision mining, discussing a vision of invisible mining in the future, brought about through digital innovations in data acquisition, interpretation and application.

Also presenting on the day were representatives of NextOre, Chrysos and Clean Mining; companies demonstrating commercial success in bringing CSIRO-developed technologies to the sector.

Good feedback was received by from attendees.  Overall, the event was a great networking opportunity and cross-fertilisation of science, R&D and industry knowledge.

Keynote Asmita Mahant, BHP manager Technical Services and Data Integration sharing her thoughts on the future of mining

Dave Cole, CSIRO Data61, Senior Research Engineer presenting on predictive exploration

Rob Hough (acting) Director Mineral Resources, Sandra Occhipinti, Research Director Discovery with Chris Wijns, Group Geophysicist First Quantum Minerals

Rob Hough (acting) Director Mineral Resources giving the opening address to the well-attended inaugural Resources Innovation Showcase

Rob Hough (acting) Director Mineral Resources, Andrew Bailey, Chief Executive Officer MinEx CRC, Simon Bolster, Managing Director Portable PPB and Anil Subramanya, Research Portfolio Manager Minerals Research Institute of WA

Jeff McCulloch, Managing Director, Clean Mining Limited discussing cyanide-free gold processing

Ewan Sellers, CSIRO Research Director, Hard Rock Mining and Mining3 Collaborative Research Partnership speaking on realising the invisible mine

Mark Dunn, CSIRO Mineral Resources Senior Principal Research Engineer, Sustainable Mining Technologies discussing CSIRO capabilities in visualisation of real time underground mining operations

Exhibitor booths at the 2020 RIU Explorers Conference

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