In this edition of resourceful we showcase how new sensor and data technologies are driving mining decisions.
Re-imagining mining in the digital age
Digital innovation is a way to pull the levers of mining in an entirely new way – offering integration, speed and re-invention.
Sensing where to explore next
Sensor developments through the Deep Exploration Technologies Cooperative Research Centre are enabling fast onsite analysis of a range of elements and minerals, helping explorers more cost-effectively navigate greenfields exploration.
A Rosetta Stone for ore
A new software tool, dubbed Rosetta, pulls together analytical data from a range of sources to understand the characteristics of an orebody, enabling exploration and mining companies to predict ore quality and evaluate and plan for mining and processing.
The tiny West Australian town of Menzies is the setting for a gold processing demonstration plant that aims to reinvigorate small gold miners with a cost-effective and environmentally-friendly alternative to cyanide.
The Australian-developed Cave Tracker provides valuable information and insight into the previously, almost invisible process, of block cave mining
The virtual mine
Mining3 is commercialising a 3D-based software platform that can create and simulate a virtual mine. By positioning precisely where things are underground, it opens up opportunities such as controlling robots and tracking movement of ore of different grades.
Sorting out waste
Mining low grade ores is costing companies heavily on processing tonnes of waste rock. By rapidly sorting high value ore from waste on a conveyor using magnetic resonance technology, bulk ore sorting offers a step change in productivity for copper miners.
New era for gold analysis
Two commercially-available technologies, each with their own advantages, offer a new level of data on gold concentrations and can be used to optimise processes for greater value recovery.
Data to elevate social performance
Community disapproval can cost hundreds of millions of dollars in delays or the complete abandonment of a mining project. A new science-based solution that provides deep social insights aims to elevate the industry’s social performance to the same measurable rigour as other aspects of business.
It’s now possible to manage evaporation on mine pit lakes using an accurate, autonomous system. It takes daily water measurements and combines them with local weather data to predict how evaporation rates will change in the future.