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Oct 09, 2018
Software to lift crane safety on construction sites

Software to lift crane safety on construction sites

A team from Monash University’s Department of Civil Engineering is using game engine software to improve crane safety. Dr Yihai Fang, who is leading the research, said current practices in lift planning and crane operation were ineffective and severely out of date in terms of recognising and mitigating potential safety risks. They could not respond to… ...

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Sep 01, 2018
Winning project in water pipe analysis

Winning project in water pipe analysis

A CSIRO project to help predict which water pipes need maintenance before they burst has won the Excellence in Data Science category at this years’ Eureka Prizes. Scientists from CSIRO’s Date61 Smart Infrastructure Team developed an analytical tool that can make intelligent predictions about water pipe failures. This gives the ability to better prioritise pipes for… ...

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Jul 13, 2018
Autonomous iron ore delivery milestone

Autonomous iron ore delivery milestone

Rio Tinto has achieved the first delivery of iron ore by autonomous train in the Pilbara, Western Australia. The autonomous train, consisting of three locomotives and carrying around 28,000 tonnes of iron ore, travelled over 280km from Tom Price mining operations to the port of Cape Lambert on July 10. It was monitored remotely by operators from Rio… ...

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May 21, 2018
Innovative Mackay start-up venture is on a roll

Innovative Mackay start-up venture is on a roll

Trudging many kilometres alongside underground mine conveyors for maintenance checks was the spur that got engineer Ryan Norris thinking about a better way of doing things. Years of work have transformed his idea into Smart-Idler technology, with his company – Vayeron – entering commercial trading this year. The company’s outstanding innovation and ability to navigate the… ...

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Apr 19, 2018
D-Day for Pulse Data Centre

D-Day for Pulse Data Centre

The FKG Group’s $40 million Pulse Data Centre will officially open in Toowoomba today. The first regional tier III data centre of its kind in Australia, Pulse Data Centre adds to the estimated $11 billion worth of developments under way in Toowoomba, enhancing the city’s attractiveness to global businesses. FKG Group executive chairman Gary Gardner… ...

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Apr 18, 2018
Caterpillar launches Next Gen digging machine

Caterpillar launches Next Gen digging machine

Caterpillar is launching its new Next Generation Excavator (NGH) in Brisbane this week, promising a machine that can dig out six tonnes of dirt a minute. Standing over 2.9m tall and weighing up to 25 tonnes,  the first model in Australia is set to be unveiled to more than 130 Queensland construction industry figures at the Powerhouse. Distributor Hastings Deering says 25 machines have been sold to...

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Apr 10, 2018
Whole-of-blast system for mining

Whole-of-blast system for mining

Dyno Nobel has launched a new ‘whole-of-blast’ solution for the mining industry in Australia. Incitec Pivot chief technology development officer Robert Rounsley said the DigiShot Plus.4G System was an extremely advanced system featuring a fast and simple deployment method. “The team has developed a ‘whole-of-blast’ solution and this is providing world class value for our… ...

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Apr 04, 2018
Komatsu releases new model mining truck

Komatsu releases new model mining truck

Komatsu has upgraded its popular HD1500-7 mining truck with the release of the HD1500-8 mechanical drive dump truck. The manufacturer says the 142 metric-tonne capacity hauler is designed to reduce cost per tonne through such features as highest payload in its class, faster cycle times, improved fuel efficiency, longer component life and enhanced maintainability. “Our new HD1500-8 truck will furth...

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Mar 02, 2018
Orica steps up in explosive delivery technology

Orica steps up in explosive delivery technology

Orica has released new explosives delivery system technology for the open-cut mining sector –  the Bulkmaster 7 Mobile Manufacturing Unit. The company says the Bulkmaster 7 increases productivity and safety on bench, and represents another significant step towards automating drill and blast operations in the future. “The Bulkmaster 7’s significantly increased payload, load-out rates and bin ...

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