AFTER a bumper 10 years of research funding, the Western Australian School of Mines Rock Mechanics Group, their world-class facilities and high-energy leader face a bigger challenge securing vital support for ongoing work. But the message is clear: “Our work isn’t finished”.
A SIGNIFICANT body of outstanding research and development results has helped turn Western Australia over the past 15 or so years from something of a “cowboy mining state” into a global centre of excellence for both mine ground support knowledge, and application of that know-how to achieve world-class mine safety. The cost of that transition has been high.
INTERNATIONAL Mining is reminding underground mining groups that there are now only two months to go until its inaugural Rapid Development Conference in Sydney, which will be held from August 14 to 16 at the Sydney Harbour Marriott, just before AIMEX the following week.
MAY 27: Australia’s Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade says the 10 Latin American delegations coming to this week’s Paydirt Latin America DownUnder 2013 conference is the largest single such business group from that region to come to Sydney. The Wednesday-Thursday forum has attracted more than 300 delegates.
THE mining industry in countries such as Australia and Canada has gone a long way to ticking the risk management box around challenges presented by dynamic ground movement and in particular rock-burst activity. But that doesn’t mean it’s not still “plagued by uncertainty and lack of knowledge” when it comes to the science underpinning ground support strategies.
MAY 17: AIMEX organiser Reed Mining Events’ switch from quadrennial to biannual staging of the Asia Pacific region’s major mining expo has landed the event in a subdued year for the industry as commodity prices sag and investment stalls. But exhibition director Paul Baker sees good reasons for optimism.
MORE than 400 people are expected to attend next week’s major event focused on the $A70 billion-plus Australian mining equipment, technology and services (METS) sector, Austmine 2013, which will include a discussion about what the mine of the future – the future circa 2053 – will look like.
IN its entire 15-year history, Paydirt’s Gold Conference had never been cancelled, until two weeks ago when organisers decided to postpone the annual event, reflecting the current state of the gold sector.
WITH the mining investment boom in full swing mine shift rosters were all about attraction. Now with commodity prices squeezing margins, rosters remain a key focal point for mining organisations, according to a management consultant who will speak at the upcoming Mining Technology and Operations Summit 2013 in Western Australia.
A HIGHLY topical focus event being held in the lead-up to this year’s AIMEX show in Sydney is Rapid Development 2013, which is expected to bring together some of the technical leaders in the field of rapid underground mine development.
THE long-running annual Mount Isa Mining Expo is again just around the corner and one bloke looking forward to the 2013 event is Steve Thomas, Sandvik Mining’s local account manager.
AS equipment suppliers from non-traditional regions eye off the lucrative Australian mining market, some previously unknown names and equipment makes will be seen for the first time at AIMEX – Asia Pacific’s International Mining Exhibition, in Sydney in August.
DIGGERS and Dealers organisers have followed up the recent line-up of impressive keynote speakers, including economic commentators Nouriel Roubini, Niall Ferguson and Rodrigo de Rato, with news that this year’s conference will be addressed by former chief economic advisor to US president Barack Obama, Austan Goolsbee.
IF YOU’RE sick and tired of run-of-the-mill mining conferences this one in February, 2013, may be for you.
HOW to stimulate equity investors’ “hand to wallet reflex” in 2013, the Mines and Money 2012 panel discussion should have been renamed after Ivanplats founder Robert Friedland predictably provided the appropriate conference sound bite a few hours earlier. The four wise money men on the panel didn’t just go with “group shock therapy”.
AFTER the recent “encouragingly flat performance” of its September quarter Mining Eye Index, it was no great surprise Ernst & Young’s Lee Downham left no stone unturned in his search for positive capital raising trends to present to his Mines and Money London audience. High-yield bond issues for junior miners in 2013 might have been stretching things though.
THE upcoming Mining Technology & Operations Summit 2012 on the Gold Coast will feature presentations by several of Australia’s leading mining research figures, as well as Queensland Mining Corporation founder Howard Renshaw.
OCTOBER 29: THE Australian Centre for Geomechanics is calling for abstracts from intending presenters at Ground Support 2013 next May in Perth, Western Australia.
CAREY Smith invited himself back to the Australian Nickel Conference next year and his bullishness about the metal’s medium-term prospects, not to mention his open affection for management of the country’s top nickel producers, should ensure he makes the cut.
OCTOBER 15: The man overseeing the world’s biggest single deployment of automated machinery, Rio Tinto Iron Ore ‘Mine of the Future’ program general manager James Petty, will address a gathering of Austmine and industry representatives in Perth on October 23.