Exploration and discovery
Cost effective exploration and discovery of new mineral resources is being realised through advances and expertise in detection technologies, mineral systems, resource characterisation and data analysis.
Global minerals processing operations can reduce costs, increase productivity and lower health and safety risks thanks to our new energy- and water-efficient technologies and processes.
Mining remains a cornerstone industry underpinning Australia's economy. We are developing sustainable mining technologies and innovations to unlock our mineral wealth for responsible resource development and management. Our work is focused on frontier innovations in mining technologies which improve safety, reduce environmental impacts and enhance productivity across a range of commodities.
Sensing and automation
Sensors and automation are revolutionising all aspects of mineral discovery, mining and processing. New sensing and sorting technologies are increasing mine productivity and safety. Automation in mining is reducing hazards and removing workers from harm. Automated analytical systems are helping acquire and process data across the minerals value chain, delivering faster and more reliable results.
Social and enviromental performance
The environmental impacts of mining are the subject of increased community scrutiny. In response we have developed science and technologies to minimise environmental impacts prior to, during and post-mining, to support a sustainable future for the industry and society.
Automation and sensors highlights
ExScan 3D underground mapping
Building upon the global success of the LASC longwall automation technology, we invented ExScan, a laser-scanning system that provides real-time data for enhanced navigation in underground mines and 3D mapping capability.
PhotonAssay: gold detection
We developed and commercialised a disruptive new gold analysis solution that uses powerful x-rays for rapid results.
HyLogging for drill cores
HyLogging ticks two boxes for the Australian mining industry – it is making a demonstrable difference to exploration and mining competitiveness and it is improving our mining services exports. It has enabled AuScope's National Virtual Core Library, an open-access resource of Australia's geology used by government, industry and researchers.
Our longwall automation technology saw a 50 per cent uptake by the industry in just two years.