This edition of resourceful we take a closer look at the big picture, focusing on how rapid resource characterisation delivers productivity across the value chain.
The data scale revolution
Sensor and data analysis tools are driving advances in resource characterisation at every scale, a key opportunity for the mining industry and their suppliers to increase their productivity, writes CSIRO Mineral Resources director, JONATHAN LAW.
What you need to know about graphite
With the rise of electric vehicles, graphite is poised to be hot on the commodity market to meet the demand for lithium ion batteries. Two companies seeking to establish a competitive edge in the market have gained crucial understanding of their deposits and how to make the most of them. LOUIS WHITE reports
Matters of scale
Australia’s pre-eminent analytical facility for mineral resources is expanding with a new suite of technologies that will enable the world-first ability to characterise ore samples from kilometre to atomic scales. The benefit will be increased knowledge on rock systems and new data workflows for industry. ADAM COURTENAY reports
A complete picture
Head of CSIRO’s mineral characterisation research, DR LOUISE FISHER, explains why analysing data at every scale is essential to inform better decision making across the mining value chain.
Q&A with Rio Tinto: Data mining
Principal advisor in mineralogy at Rio Tinto, DR ESMÉ RYAN, shares her perspective on the importance of mineral characterisation data and the value it can deliver – from informing investments and development decisions to improving productivity for resource companies. Interview by KEIRISSA LAWSON
World-leading soft x-ray mineral characterisation developments are providing information for more profitable processing decision making. DAVID SIMPSON reports
Solving problems via simulation
The ability to simulate mineral processes and the industrial conditions they operate under such as heat, gas and pressure, is providing an accurate insight into how material behaves during processing and the impact on the end product. EMILY LEHMANN reports
Finding the right pathway
An investigation into processing options for a complex, low grade uranium deposit has resulted in an unexpected new pathway for an Australian miner turned technology supply business. LOUIS WHITE reports
Seeing on the inside
Pioneering work to 3D image the inside of rocks will transform the mining industry by removing the guesswork from mineral exploration and processing. JOHN MILLER reports
Collaborative research is breaking down barriers to cutting edge analytical technologies and data for junior explorers, while building our fundamental understanding of mineral systems. TIM TREADGOLD reports