Technology knows no boundaries
Solutions developed to tackle mine safety and environmental performance will have a greater impact beyond the industry. JONATHAN LAW writes
Towards zero harm
Australia's national science agency is working on developing technologies to improve mine safety and help the industry meet its commitment to achieving Zero Harm. CSIRO research director for sustainable mining technologies, HUA GUO, writes
Mapping the underground
New real-time underground 3D mapping technology is being trialled by Glencore, as well as five other mining companies. It can be used to locate, steer and navigate equipment and vehicles in volatile, methane-rich underground environments.
Longwall mining goes international
Since CSIRO launched its LASC longwall automation system commercially about eight years ago, four mines in the US and about 30 in China have taken it up, in addition to at least 20 of Australia's 30 underground coal mines.
Capturing the methane
A suite of three technologies that work to mitigate methane emissions, by either destroying the gas or capturing it, is gaining the attention of miners seeking to reduce their emissions.
A new Australian-designed and distributed acoustic sensing system – AURA IQ – is changing the way mines manage conveyor belt maintenance. It is much safer, more accurate and more efficient than conventional monitoring methods, and could save mining companies millions of dollars. LOUISE POBJOY reports
Seeing is believing
Building a picture of components in urban dust in communities near ports, mines and rail corridors is providing valuable data to government and industry so that they can better inform communities about air pollution. It’s one of many initiatives that award-winning image analysis research is driving across the value chain.
The groundwater explorer
An open-access, central repository for the nation's groundwater data, is fast becoming a valuable tool for minerals exploration, covering 900,000 bore locations and logs, as well as interactive 3D hydrogeology models.
Born from mining
Innovation born from the mining industry is leading to exciting advances further afield, ranging from explosives detection to aerospace manufacturing and better community engagement.
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