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Mining skills not keeping up with technology
Tuesday, November 10, 2015
Mining education is not keeping up with technology, says professor Fred Cawood, director of the Wits School of Mining Engineering. He was responding to Moneyweb questions relating to Gold Fields’ CEO Nick Holland’s suggestion that in the mine of the future mechanisation was not only necessary for the industry’s survival, but inevitable. read more »
Two Aussie mines start moving all their iron ore with driverless trucks
Monday, October 19, 2015
Mining technology slipped into a higher gear this week with the announcement that the first two mines to start moving all their iron ore using remote-control technology just went online in the Pilbara iron ore belt of Western Australia. read more »
South Africa’s Gold Miners Turn to Machines to Stay Afloat
Thursday, October 1, 2015
South Africa’s gold-mining companies are facing a question of life or death—and the answer is likely robots. read more »
BHP, Rio take to mining robots to counter iron-ore bear market
Friday, September 11, 2015
When the rout in prices ends for the world's iron-ore producers, those left standing probably will have more robots on their side. read more »
Mining automation: The be all and end all?
Tuesday, September 08, 2015
The fully automated mine has long since passed the days of concept and evolved into a reality. If the industry is to survive and grow, on this planet and elsewhere, total automation of many of the processes is the way forward. read more »
Drones take flight at mining sites across Western Australia to improve safety and efficiency
Tuesday, September 01, 2015
The mining industry in Western Australia is enlisting the help of drone technology to drive efficiency and safety in their operations. The use of the technology started with driverless trucks, trains and drills, and is now focussed on the benefits of unmanned flying objects. read more »
Planetary Resources' first spacecraft begins testing asteroid prospecting technology
Thursday, July 16, 2015
Asteroid mining company Planetary Resources successfully deployed Thursday its first spacecraft from the International Space Station’s (ISS) Kibo airlock, beginning a 90-day mission aimed to test extraterrestrial prospecting technology. read more »
Montana Tech Robotic Mining Club Places in Top 10 at Competition
Friday, June 26, 2015
A team of students from Montana Tech competed in the 2015 NASA Robotic Mining Competition May 18-22 at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. For the first time ever, the team placed in the top 10 during the On-site Mining Competition read more »
Hi-tech takes mining to a new level
Tuesday, June 09, 2015
The irony of one of the world’s oldest and most primal industries — getting hard stuff out of the ground — being aided by the latest, cutting-edge and largely intangible technology, 3D "immersion" training, is not lost on Andreas Cambitsis, director and co-founder of Cyest Corporation. read more »
Why Western Australia became the center of mine automation
Monday, June 08, 2015
Labour costs were the key driver that led to major investments in mine automation in Western Australia, says Greg Lilleyman, Rio Tinto's technology and innovation executive. read more »
Sudbury tech firm employs 3D mapping in underground mines
Friday, May 15, 2015
A new Sudbury company hopes to make it easier for mines to use drones and autonomous vehicles underground thanks to 3D mapping technology. read more »
Robotic technology promises to improve mining safety
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
A new piece of mining technology developed by Joshua Marshall (Robert M. Buchan Department of Mining) and his Mining Systems Laboratory has positioned the Queen's researchers as leaders in the field of mining robotics. read more »
Codelco to send robots inspect equipment at Gabriela Mistral mine
Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Chile’s Codelco, the world's largest copper miner, will start using robotic machinery to inspect equipment and improve safety records at its Gabriela Mistral division, in the country’s copper-rich northern region of Antofagasta. read more »
Mining Sensor Data to Run a Better Gold Mine
Tuesday, February 17, 2015
In 2009, near the height of the financial crisis, mining company Dundee Precious Metals Inc. was faced with the prospect of falling metal prices—and $150 million of capital investments in Bulgaria. Rick Howes had to find a more efficient way to operate the Chelopech mine. read more »
GE Mining: Battery-Powered Technology of the Future
Monday, November 24, 2014
GE, which operates through a variety of segments such as Energy, Technology Infrastructure, and Capital Finance, has been leading the mining industry into a safer, cleaner and quieter future. read more »
Narrow-reef precious metals mining at a crossroads
Friday, February 21, 2014
Mechanical engineer Rod Pickering spent 20 years at the Chamber of Mines Research Organisation (Comro) running the stoping technology laboratory, the part of the now-defunct Comro that focused on hard rock, narrow-reef mining. read more »
Wearable Technology to Enter the Mining Industry
Thursday, February 20, 2014
Vandrico Solutions Inc. is pleased to announce that it has been engaged by Motion Metrics International Corp. to integrate their MetricsManager™ system into heads up display technology, such as Google Glass. This project is unique and aims at improving operational efficiency and safety. read more »
How a Canadian mining company put a Wi-Fi network underground
Tuesday, December 03, 2013
It took industrial-strength protection to get a wireless network into cold, dirty environment. That didn’t deter Toronto’s Dundee Precious Metals from building an underground Wi-Fi network at its Chelopech copper and gold mine in Bulgaria to better monitor personnel, vehicles and ore. read more »
MICROMINE Completes Stage One of Pitram Automated Data Collection Project at Diavik Diamond Mine
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
Leading provider of intuitive software solutions and services to the global exploration and mining industry, MICROMINE, is pleased to announce the completion of Stage One of the Pitram Automated Data Collection Project at the Diavik Diamond Mine. read more »
Adopting New Mining Technology: Finding a Balance Between Leading and Bleeding
Friday, May 24, 2013
The mine of the future is coming. It will be digital, more constrained, and it will require a greater investment in leading edge technology. read more »
Going Autonomous: More Companies are Switching to Self-Driven Vehicles
Friday, April 12, 2013
The use of robotics in industries is ever growing, replacing the working human in some cases! Recently more and more mining companies are now using autonomous haul trucks to transport their mined resources safely out of the areas. read more »
Mining industry to solve lack of skilled workers with technology: study
Monday, March 18, 2013
International mining executives believe the industry is in the midst of a transition from a blue collar to a white collar workforce, reveals a recent study by advisory firm BDO International. read more »
Mechanisation Still Far Off for South Africa's Platinum Mines
Thursday, March 14, 2013
Rising wage costs and strikes have revived the arguments in favour of automating South Africa's loss-making platinum mines, but weak prices for the metal and tough conditions underground mean mechanisation remains a distant prospect. read more »
Planetary Resources’ Arkyd-100 Spacecraft to Assist in Early Detection and Characterization of Near-Earth Asteroids
Thursday, February 14, 2013
Planetary Resources, Inc. (PRI) announced, on the eve of 2012 DA14’s close pass of Earth, that the Arkyd-100 Series – technology demonstrator for asteroid prospecting missions – will assist in the detection and characterization of potentially hazardous asteroids near Earth read more »
The Promise and Perils of Mining Asteroids
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Encouraged by new space technologies, a growing fleet of commercial rockets, and the vast potential to generate riches, a group of entrepreneurs announced Tuesday that they planned to mine the thousands of near-Earth asteroids in the coming decades. read more »
Miners take "rail-veyors" and robots to automated future
Wednesday, November 07, 2012
In an office trailer parked outside a mine shaft in northern Ontario, operator Carolyn St-Jean leans back in her chair and monitors a machine loading nickel-rich ore into rail cars deep underground. read more »
Autonomous Haulage System - Komatsu's Pioneering Technology Deployed at Rio Tinto Mine in Australia
Monday, November 05, 2012
Komatsu's Autonomous Haulage System, FrontRunner, is being deployed at Rio Tinto's West Angelas Mine, East Pilbara operation, in Western Australia. This is the second deployment of the proprietary system following delivery of the first fleet to Codelco's copper mines in Chile. read more »
Robots to Ensure High Safety Standards in Latin American Mines
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
Scientists around the world, including in Canada, are currently developing robots that can anticipate and prevent mining accidents, such as the dramatic entrapment of 33 Chilean miners in the Atacama Desert in 2010. read more »
Fuzzy Logic - An Introduction
Monday, June 25, 2012
As we create robots who can learn and adapt to situations, it is imperative that a higher-level of thinking comes into play. Here is an excellent summary of Fuzzy Logic, an essential aspect of Intelligent Systems read more »
Robotics & Intelligent Systems FAQ
Monday, June 18, 2012
Here are answers to some frequently asked questions about robotics and intelligent systems and their relevance to mining. read more »
Military drones for Mines and Tailings
Monday, May 28, 2012
I can hardly wait to get my first project involving the use of a drone to monitor the performance of a mine tailings facility. These days some are so big that it is impossible to see them all in one glance. read more »
Simulation of an Open Pit Mine to Study Autonomous Haulage Trucks
Friday, May 25, 2012
Here's a paper by Juliana Parreira and John Meech from the University of British Columbia that was presented at the recent CIM conference in Edmonton. It describes a simulation model that compares an Autonomous Haulage Truck system to a
manual one
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Innovation in Mining: A New Book from PDAC and the Mining Assocation of Canada
Wednesday, May 09, 2012
At this link you will find a fascinating book put out by the Mining Association of Canada and the PDAC. It is called 100 Innovations in the Mining Industry. read more »
Argon Robotic Mining Specialists
Friday, May 04, 2012
If you’re looking to automate your minerals lab or your processing plant, Argon may be the solution for you. The company was founded in 2004 and is based in Western Australia. read more »
Gemini-Scout Robot Can Scope Out Mining Accidents, May Save Lives
Monday, August 22, 2011
We've seen robots capable of entering hazardous nuclear plants and dangerous buildings, but engineers at Sandia Labs have now unveiled a new rescue bot that's explicitly designed to enter and investigate collapsed mines, as well. read more »
Japanese Government to Press Ahead with Robotic Deep-sea Mining
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
According to a January 8 report in Japanese newspaper, The Yomiuri Shimbun, the development of mining technology able to extract gold, silver and rare metals lying untapped on the deep seafloor in Japanese territorial waters will start in 2011. read more »
Autonomous vs Manual Haulage Trucks
Monday, October 18, 2010
Automation of an open-pit mine haulage system is receiving attention as a beneficial option since it provides more consistent and efficient operation of mining equipment. This new paper  read more »
Boldly Going Where No Man (or Woman) Goes: USGS Unmanned Aircraft
Friday, January 08, 2010
"In dangerous and remote areas, such as polar regions, volcanic islands, and expansive deserts, remote-controlled unmanned aircraft can provide more detailed, more timely data about the status of natural resources and environmental conditions than would be feasible by any other means ..."  read more »
Automation, KPI's, and Sustainable Mining
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Here's a brand new paper by Juliana Parreira, a mining engineering PhD student at the University of British Columbia, Canada. She and her co-authors explain how automation and key performance indicators contribute to sustainable mining. read more »
Integrating the Mine and Mill
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
According to a paper by Professor John Meech of UBC, North American mines can only compete with other regions who are producing high-grade, easy-to-treat ores by operating their plants at maximum efficiency using automation and economies of scale. read more »
Using Insects to Model Equipment Dispatching Systems
Tuesday, August 04, 2009
Here's a novel approach to model an equipment dispatching system: use the swarming behaviour of insects! The dispatch of trucks and shovels is an important part of the success of an open pit mine. The following paper by Bissiri et al. introduces a new technique that uses insect swarming to model and simulate a dispatching system. read more »
Could Robots Replace Humans in Mines?
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Why do human beings still risk their lives burrowing miles under ground and doing one of the dirtiest and most dangerous jobs in the world? read more »
50-Year Perspective
Thursday, November 02, 2006
What will mining be like in fifty and five hundred years? We can only guess at five hundred, but for fifty, we can extrapolate current trends to venture a prediction. read more »
Sensor Networks For Dummies
Wednesday, September 6, 2006
When I read this article, I remembered an expression I heard a long time ago: “No technical problem will remain unsolved forever”.
A new Sun Microsystems initiative aims to make the programming of sensor networks easier
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Robot Miners of the Future
Thursday, August 31, 2006
Advanced robotics is making many mining jobs more efficient and less dangerous. The world's largest robot has been strutting its stuff in a Queensland coal pit, demonstrating how open-cut mines of the future may work.
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Idaho National Laboratory and Mining Robotics
Monday, August 28, 2006
The teams of engineers and scientists conducting work on robotics applications for mining employ their diverse backgrounds for advanced, innovative technical development. read more »
Mining Robotics in Australia
Tuesday, August 15, 2006
The objective of this work is to apply robotics technology as it is currently practiced in the manufacturing industry to applications in the mining industry, hence Mining Robotics. read more »
Autonomous Underground Mining Project
Friday, August 4, 2006
The objective of the Automated Underground Mining project is to develop and commercialize robotics technologies for semi-automating continuous mining machines and other underground mining equipment. read more »