Aspects of mining R&D in Australia

Abstract The Cooperative Research Centre for Mining Technology and Equipment (CMTE) is funded by the Commonwealth Government, by its mining research members Ñ the Universities of Queensland and Sydney and the CSIRO1, and by its industry members Ñ BHP Coal, RioTinto R&TD, Hamersley Iron, Mining Technologies Australia, Pasminco, Shell Coal, WMC Resources, Advanced Mining Technologies, and Aberfoyle. The Centre conducts work aimed at improving the competitiveness of the Australian mining industry. The current work is focused in four areas: new mining and drilling systems, geological sensing, automation, and equipment maintenance and reliability. This paper describes much of the work in these program areas that relates to metalliferous mining.
Keywords: Automation, Geological sensing, Equipment maintenance, Equipment reliability, Mechanized rock excavation.
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Summary: This paper describes a guidance system for autonomous underground mining vehicles, which does not require any infrastructure or inertial positioning systems to aid the guidance process.
Publication: CIM Bulletin
Author(s): L. Bloomquist
Keywords: Tele-operation, Guidance system, Autonomous underground vehicles, INCO, Automation.
Issue: 1046
Volume: 94
Year: 2001
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Summary: During the last decade, mining companies have been overwhelmed by technological solutions to perceived problems. This is particularly true with information technology where rapid advances have resulted in a professional climate characterized by technomania Ñ the perception that failure to adopt emerging technologies will result in a loss of competitive advantage. This paper describes the applicability of structured analysis and design techniques as an appropriate methodology for integrating...
Publication: CIM Bulletin
Author(s): P. Roman, L. Daneshmend
Keywords: Mine maintenance, Information technology, Total Mining System, Integration Definition Language 0, Production planning, Maintenance costs, Automation, Mine management system.
Issue: 1046
Volume: 94
Year: 2001
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