Our Research Strategy

Focused on the Strategic Challenges in Mining

Our research strategy focuses on:

  • Developing human resources to meet industry technology needs
  • Investing in intellectual capacity to solve future industry challenges
  • Fundamental research aimed at addressing key industry grand challenges
  • Applied research and technology implementation and transfer

Our Research Implementation

  • A research vision based on the needs of the mining industry in a 10 to 20+ year time-frame;
  • Research Roadmaps focused to deliver Industry Technology needs in an 8+ year time-frame;
  • Technology transfer plan to identify and deliver valuable industry outcomes from each 8 year research roadmap; and
  • Ongoing incremental outcomes delivered at project milestones.

Our mission is to develop industry solutions, which provide both incremental, and step-change productivity increases for the major global mining challenges.

  • Surface mass material movement
    • Reduce mining costs by 50%, reduce time by 50%
    • low energy/low cost/high productivity/high capacity transport system
  • Underground mass material movement
    • Reduce mining costs by 25% and increase mining rate by 25%
    • Increase productivity, increase recovery, decrease dilution
    • Low energy/low cost/high productivity/high capacity transport system
  • Underground selective mining
    • Reduce mining costs by 25%, increase productivity, increase recovery, decrease dilution
    • Maximise head grade
  • Mine development
    • Increase advance rate by 50%, reduce cost by 25%, improve performance
    • High productivity excavation and optimised logistics
  • Mining in challenging environments
    • Significant depth, high/low temp, high rainfall, shallow underwater

Our five research program areas include mining processes (Surface, Underground, Hard Rock and Coal), and the three major engineering support areas for mining operations (Labour, Energy, Maintenance). The program activities are coordinated to solve overarching mining challenges.

Challenges and Research Programs

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