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Minex Cooperative Research Centre CEO Andrew Bailey, who will be addressing this very topic at Future of Mining Australia, said the different state geological surveys were already working on that.

Indeed, some of the MinexCRC's work revolves around helping those geological surveys.

Three of its nine projects are tied up with the National Drilling Initiative, which aims to drill multiple holes in a region to map the regional geology and architecture and define the potential for…

Eight years into a mining career, my mind was blown by a presentation from a very experienced mentor. He introduced me to an extremely simple concept, and this minor change in thinking changed my entire outlook on mining. The presentation was on the theory of constraints.

Prior to understanding the theory of constraints, I always had a difficult time identifying what the “current” bottleneck of the operation was. I operated in a way which would maximise production in every area of the…

When it comes to mining engineering, Drill and Blast is one of the most technical and exciting roles available for up and coming Mining Engineers. At many operations it’s a high paced, high work load, thankless role. Some love it, some hate it. But for those who love it, they really love it – many have made a career of blowing things up and decided to never move on to other roles. Why would you?!

The mining industry consumes billions of liters of diesel and heavy fuel annually. Fuel and power are two of the biggest input costs and for remote mines, unreliable power grids and long distances from major ports or fuel refineries can be a logistical nightmare.

As the costs of renewable are already competitive with coal fired power stations,we need to ask how mining, as a sustainable industry and as the commodity supplier to the growing electric vehicle industry can make a difference…