14 February 2019: The Cooperative Research Centre for Optimising Resource Extraction (CRC ORE) has welcomed the release of the National Resources Statement.

National Resources Statement coverReleased during Minerals Week 2019, the Statement, according to the Australian Government, sets out a blueprint for a collaborative, long-term reform agenda to ensure Australia has the world’s most advanced, innovative and successful resources sector.

CRC ORE works closely with the government, mining companies, mining equipment and technology suppliers, and research organisations. It aims to transform the minerals sector by deploying innovative world-class technology to effect a step change in value across the whole-of-mine system.

CRC ORE Chief Executive Officer Ben Adair said the Statement is a clear commitment to collaborative innovation for the betterment of the mining industry and the benefit of the Australian economy.

“The content of the Statement shows that Australia is serious about the technological advancement of the mining industry, particularly through cooperative efforts,” Dr Adair said.

“It is through collaborative innovation that we have been able to develop cutting edge solutions such as Grade Engineering and the Integrated Extraction Simulator.”

Grade Engineering is an innovative approach to the early separation of ore from waste material. It is working to minimise impacts of declining grades and productivity in the Australian minerals sector.

The Integration Extraction Simulator is a CRC ORE developed cloud-based platform designed to predict and optimise blasting and mineral processing performance. It delivers productivity breakthroughs and new thinking in mining and metallurgical modelling by creating a truly integrated virtual mining value chain.

Dr Adair was particularly encouraged by key Statement priority – ‘better focus the sector’s innovation, research and development on long-term, sectoral growth’.

“The work of our participants and staff is at the forefront of innovation, and our Australian developed solutions are in demand throughout the world,” he said.

“We look forward to continuing our work with stakeholders, including the Australian Government, to deliver upon our research aims and the priorities of the National Resources Statement.”

CRC ORE’s research projects investigate all elements of the mining process, seeking opportunities to optimise the system through better understanding of the processes and the synergies between processes. This includes ore body characterisation, geometallurgy, blasting, comminution, mine planning and economic evaluation.

More information on CRC ORE and its research can be found at crcore.org.au.

View the National Resources Statement.

 

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  • 14 February 2019: The Cooperative Research Centre for Optimising Resource Extraction (CRC ORE) has welcomed the release of the National Resources Statement.

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  • 1 September 2018: This month we meet University of Newcastle PdD student, Callan Lowes. Callan is completing important research for CRC ORE’s Program 3: Extract (P3-005) being run through Curtin University. This research is being undertaken as part of the AMIRA P420F Gold project.

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  • 12 June 2018: A new online tool, GE.View, is giving the Western Australian minerals industry the power to assess and rank opportunities for increased productivity via application of Grade Engineering® on a deposit-by-deposit basis from their own or public domain data.

    The development of the innovative tool was led by the Cooperative Research Centre for Optimising Resource Extraction (CRC ORE). It was developed with support from the Minerals Research Institute of Western Australia.

    The tool is being made freely available to the industry by CRC ORE as part of its commitment to delivering significant economic opportunities for the Australian minerals industry.

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  • Line-up of key events coming up in 2019 

    There are a host of mining and innovation events coming up. Following is a list of key events that CRC ORE will be keenly involved with, either in a presenting capacity or supporting as a sponsor. Wherever possible, CRC ORE supports a collaborative approach to events as we have found stronger engagement when collaborating with our Participants.

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  • 24 January 2018: CRC ORE has been involved in a number of high profile events in recent months. Read more about CRC ORE’s Annual Assembly line up and a successful site-based innovation leadership talk with Sumitomo at IMARC2017. CRC ORE also cooperated with METS Ignited to organise an initial consultation session for the consideration of a new CRC for the mining industry at IMARC. A couple of short courses were held – one on Geometallurgy in Tasmania and the respected Gold Plant Operators Course which was run in Kalgoorlie late last year.

    We are in the process of putting together the schedule for the coming year. Stay tuned for a listing of upcoming events in the next edition.

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  • 5 April 2018: CRC ORE's Grade Engineering modelling programs have been strengthened over the summer thanks to the work of four motivated students who joined CRC ORE for our inaugural vacation intern program. Alex Perera, James Bamford, and Jacob Rogers joined us from The University of Queensland (UQ). Samantha Maslin joined us from the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) with the support of Austmine via its women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) initiative. Hear more about their work by clicking on the video below.

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  • 21 November 2017: The photos and presentations from this year's CRC ORE Annual Assembly have been added to our website.

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  • 30 June 2017: Two of CRC ORE’s Board Members have been recognised for excellence in their chosen fields in recent months. Dr Sue Keay has just been named one of Australia’s first Superstars of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). This follows news that Joe Pease has been recognised in two prestigious mining industry awards. Also in recent months, CRC ORE was awarded a high commendation for an “exceptional paper demonstrating excellence” in the CEEC Medal 2017 round.

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  • 30 November 2016: For presentations, photos and the wrap up of the 2016 Assembly, read on.

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  • 15 February 2016: Forward thinkers of the mining industry came together at the start of the year to celebrate the official launch of a second phase for the highly successful CRC ORE.

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  • 2 November 2015: The Directors of CRC ORE are very pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Ben Adair as Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Australian mining innovation hub, CRC ORE Limited.

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  • 6 October 2015: The CRC ORE team has moved to CSIRO's Queensland Centre for Advanced Technologies (QCAT) in Pullenvale, Brisbane.

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  • 26 May 2015:  CRC ORE is set to be funded for a second six year term with the Australian Government flagging $34.45 million to support vital ongoing work in improving the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of the minerals extraction industry.

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