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Dec 05, 2017
Gladstone group well-grounded in technology

Gladstone group well-grounded in technology

Gladstone-based VAC Group has developed a new Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR) device to detect underground services and disturbances. “Knowing exactly where various utilities lie beneath the surface is vital to ensure construction or maintenance can be undertaken safely and productively without unnecessary delays,” operations supervisor Lee Henderson said. “With that in mind VAC Group and… ...

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Nov 26, 2017
Queensland start-ups shine in METS Ignited awards

Queensland start-ups shine in METS Ignited awards

Three Queensland-based mining tech startups have taken home awards from the recent Igniting METS Accelerator program graduation night. The 12-week program culminated in pitch events with industry representatives and the investment community as well as a graduation event in Brisbane. Vayeron from Mackay won the Customer Pitch Award, judged by corporate participants and potential clients… ...

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Nov 24, 2017
Track conditions focus of computer modelling

Track conditions focus of computer modelling

Indonesian and Australian researchers are working to improve rail safety and efficiency through computer models that predict how railcars will respond to different track conditions. The researchers have created a successful model for passenger carriages and are developing models for freight trains. “For railways, it’s standard practice to measure the conditions of the track periodically,” Monash U...

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Oct 24, 2017
Cool Tube takes off

Cool Tube takes off

Fourteen months after his Cool Tube invention scooped the pool at the Queensland Mining Industry Health and Safety Conference innovation awards, central Queensland’s Mark Gleadhill says its success has exceeded all expectations. Since the awards recognition in August last year, Mr Gleadhill has received $100,000 in State Government funding, meaning he can refine his invention as he looks to boost ...

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Oct 02, 2017
Rio Tinto completes first driverless train run

Rio Tinto completes first driverless train run

Rio Tinto has completed the first fully autonomous rail journey at its iron ore operations in the Pilbara region of Western Australia as it progresses toward full commissioning of the AutoHaul project in late 2018. A pilot run of almost 100km from Wombat Junction to Paraburdoo was completed without a driver on board, making it… ...

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Sep 29, 2017
Technology gives council the edge on road repair

Technology gives council the edge on road repair

Vehicles fitted with cameras and gyroscopes are helping Western Downs Regional Council meet the challenges of maintaining almost 7600km of roads. A roof-mounted camera captures a still image approximately every 10m, which is then analysed for edge breaks, pot-holes, bitumen stripping, cracking and squashes. The purpose-built gyroscopes record vibrations to give a reading on the… ...

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Sep 28, 2017
Breakthrough for wireless blasting

Breakthrough for wireless blasting

Explosives manufacturer Orica has announced the successful production trials of its WebGen 100 wireless electronic blasting system, in what it describes as a game-changer for the industry. WebGen 100 allows groups of in-hole primers to be wirelessly initiated by a firing command that communicates through rock, water and air. This removes constraints often imposed by the requirement of a… ...

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Sep 20, 2017
Innovation in the blood for Pybar mining contractors

Innovation in the blood for Pybar mining contractors

Innovation is a big part of what makes underground mining contractor Pybar tick, according to business development and operations manager Dave Noort. The hardrock specialist has recently won a swag of Queensland contracts, including at the Thalanga operation south-west of Charters Towers and at Auctus Minerals’ Mungana and King Vol projects in the Chillagoe region…. ...

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Sep 20, 2017
Protection from wellhead erosion

Protection from wellhead erosion

WellDog has partnered with Queensland engineering firm Keli Oil and Gas Holdings to create ProSleave, a protection system to tackle erosion in wellheads. The invention is based on resistant, ceramic sleeves inserted into the wellhead to protect against solids-based erosion at key areas. ProSleave managing director Kevin Hadfield said the highly engineered system was simple and would greatly minimi...

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