27 August 2019

Innovations and opportunities for the mining industry

A new research Training Centre will focus on clever applications that will improve productivity of the Australian mining industry.

Australian Research Council (ARC) Chief Executive Officer, Professor Sue Thomas, today welcomed the announcement by Minister for Education, Dan Tehan, and Minister for Resources and Northern Australia, Senator Matthew Canavan, of $3.7 million to establish a Training Centre that will address current mining industry challenges, and develop a highly-qualified future mining workforce.

The ARC Training Centre for Integrated Operations for Complex Resources, to be led by The University of Adelaide, will be funded over four years through the ARC Industrial Transformation Training Centres scheme.

Professor Thomas said that the ARC Training Centre, led by Professor Peter Dowd, will use advanced sensors and data analytics to increase product quality and ensure maximum recovery of mining materials. 

“This new research Training Centre will build on existing knowledge in the sector, developing new tools to model and predict geological and geometallurgical qualities which will reduce uncertainty in processes for the mining sector,” said Professor Thomas.

“The collaborative research at this Training Centre will focus on positive environmental and economic benefits for industry including reduction of waste, energy and water consumption. 

“The Training Centre will also train up the next generation of scientists and engineers capable of bridging the gap between information and operations technology, and encourage innovations and opportunities for the industry.”

The ARC Training Centre will bring together a diverse field of expertise. Researchers from the University of Adelaide will collaborate with colleagues at Curtin University; and University of South Australia; and The University of New South Wales and collaborate with a range of other partners from across the sector: Amira International Ltd; BHP Billiton Ltd; Boart Longyear Australia Pty Ltd; Bureau Veritas Australia Pty Ltd; CRC Ore Ltd; Datanet Asia Pacific Pty Ltd; Dassault Systemes Australia Pty Ltd; Department for Energy and Mining; Eka Software Solutions Private Ltd; Magotteaux Australia Pty Ltd; Manta Controls Pty Ltd; Maptek Pty Ltd; Mets Ignited Australia Ltd; MZ Minerals Pty Ltd; ORICA Australia Pty Ltd; OZ Minerals Pty Ltd; Petra Data Science Pty Ltd; Rockwell Automation Australia Ltd; Roqsense Pty Ltd; Sandvik Australia Pty Ltd; Scantech Ltd; and SRA Information Technology Pty Ltd.

To obtain more information about the ARC Industrial Transformation Training Centres scheme, please visit the ARC website.

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ARC Stakeholder Relations: 0412 623 056 | communications@arc.gov.au