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.
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.