MINE digital magazine: Issue 13

18 September 2013 (Last Updated September 18th, 2013 10:37)

In this issue: We take a look at new technology that could evolve into an energy-efficient mining sector, speak to the authors of a new study on predicting mineralization, look into predictive maintenance technology and much more

MINE digital magazine: Issue 13

Issue 13

Achieving maximum efficiency is the new Holy Grail in mining. We find out how the industry, which has not traditionally been considered very energy conscious, is working to become more energy efficient and how new developments in underground mining technology will help.

We also speak to the authors of a new study, which has identified how the spatial relationship between geological features can be used to predict mineralization and lead to a whole new era of predictive mineral maps. We take a look at new, 'smart' technologies that are helping operators improve predictive maintenance procedures for critical equipment.

Moreover, we investigate how water-intensive processes in mining are affecting the environment and the efforts being made to improve water efficiency, look at the key factors in restoring a mine site after use, ask whether current initiatives are doing enough to protect the mental health of miners and profile Sabodala large-scale gold mine in Senegal.

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In this issue

Maximising Efficiency
Achieving maximum efficiency is the new Holy Grail in mining. MINE asks how and with what technology the industry plans to evolve into an energy-efficient sector.
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Hidden Treasure
A study has identified how the spatial relationship between geological features can be used to predict mineralization. MINE learns more from study authors Professor Zheng-Xiang Li and Dr Carsten Laukamp.
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Get Smart
Predictive maintenance technology can increase productivity and reduce downtime, saving operators cash. We caught up with Wenco International's Martin Politick and GE Intelligent Platforms' Derick Moolman to find out more.
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Thirsty Work
As experts warn of a global water shortage, the need for sustainable water management has become critical. We investigate what the mining industry is doing to conserve this essential resource.
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Life After Mining
Principal environmental scientist Peter Whitbread-Abrutat embarked on an expedition across the Americas to learn about land restoration. We ask about his experiences, discoveries and key factors in restoring a mine site.
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Sound Minds
A recent study found that mine workers are at increased risk of mental illness. MINE investigated whether current initiatives are doing enough to protect the mental health of miners.
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Sabodala Large-Scale Gold Mine, Senegal
Sabodala is a large scale gold mine located in the West African Birimian geological belt.
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