Bio-leaching technologies offer potential to access ores which house most of the world’s copper resources, but can not be economically extracted using existing techniques.
Feature break out: A golden discovery
Kentor Gold’s discovery of previously unexplored copper-gold zones at its Jervois project in the Northern Territory happened almost by chance. It was a case of the right people being in the right place to receive the right information. Adam Courtenay reports
The first issue of resourceful was published in July, 2012.
Software provides competitive advantage
An integrated ore analysis software package is providing industry with a more detailed understanding of their orebodies in real time. Adam Courtenay investigates
Thinking small provides big rewards
A team of CSIRO scientists have demonstrated that a greater understanding of the chemical and physical properties of orebodies can have huge benefits. Tim Treadgold investigates what this means for exploration, mine life and mineral processing.
Settling the score with advanced modelling
A 25-year project on thickener modelling that has already delivered huge value for the mineral processing industry has now entered a new phase. Jodie Parry investigates what the world’s first three-dimensional thickener model will provide industry.
Making open pits safer, by design
What began as an international research and technology transfer project has changed the way the mining industry approaches open pit design. Tony Heselev finds that this shift is making open pit mining safer and more productive.
Taking cyanide out of the gold equation
Research that began almost 20 years ago in Perth has enabled the world’s largest gold producer to commercialise a process that uses a non-toxic chemical in gold recovery. Tony Heselev reports
Zooming in without losing the big picture
A new A$38 million analytical facility to be built in Perth will provide ‘metre-to-atomic scale’ characterisation of ore samples – a world first that will allow industry to be smarter about where and how they mine and process ores. Liz Greenbank reports
Longwall automation goes global
After success on home soil, Australian automated longwall technology has taken to the international stage in coal mines in the United States. Tim Thwaites reports.
Keeping an ear out for success
The novel application of the acoustic emissions technique is providing industry with a mechanism to monitor machine noise in real time and to maximise efficiency. Maryrose Cuskelly reports
Harnessing the power of a tornado in a tank
A simple mixing technology, developed using world-class science, proves the best option for the mineral processing industry. resourceful investigates how the technology is saving the industry time and money.
A new paradigm
Rising energy, infrastructure and environmental costs are now driving a new paradigm of precision mining, writes Professor Paul Lever, CEO of CRCMining.
The necessity for change is upon us
To combat declining productivity, miners, researchers and technology companies need to come together to develop technologies that allow real-time, whole-of-life management of our resources, writes Jonathan Law, Director of CSIRO’s Minerals Down Under Flagship.
Australian productivity relies on innovation
If Australia is to remain a leading resources and energy exporter, our productivity and competitiveness must rise, writes Minister for Industry, the Honourable Ian Macfarlane.
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Queensland Centre for Advanced Technologies (QCAT)
The Queensland Centre for Advanced Technologies (QCAT) is a collaboration between CSIRO and the State Government of Queensland. Research at QCAT covers robotics and automation, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, casting processes, mining science and engineering and improvement of iron ore processing.
The October 2010 issue of Process demonstrates how applying CSIRO expertise to a wide range of projects in the minerals sector will help to create wealth for Australia. (12 pages)