MINE digital magazine: Issue 21 | May 2014

Mining companies are increasingly deploying data collection and sensor technology to enhance productivity. We take a look at the latest developments in analytics for mine operations and find out how such systems can help operators achieve better efficiency in condition-based or predictive maintenance.

SP Angel recently issued a stark warning for iron ore, stating that as iron ore prices are dropping, investors will shift their focus from resource potential to development potential. We investigate what this could mean for projects in resource-rich region of East Africa which are lacking access to vital infrastructure.

We also speak to the leaders of Canada’s Ultra-Deep Mining Network about their research into new technologies that will help improve productivity and safety in mining operations at record depths, find out how a new autonomous drone which can navigate its way around underground mines and could be used in rescue missions and investigate possible solutions to the tuberculosis epidemic that is sweeping through South Africa’s gold mines.

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Big Data for Big Machines
IBM’s Smarter Planet is all about linking heavy equipment to data in order to improve productivity and performance. Dr Gareth Evans finds out more about this approach.
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Shifting Standards
With iron ore prices set to drop, investment bank SP Angel is shifting its focus to infrastructure when assessing proposed developments. Adam Leach asks what this means for the resource-rich regions
of East Africa.
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Going Deeper
A new industry-funded initiative in Canada is researching technological solutions to the problems holding back ultra-deep mining. Heidi Vella finds out more.
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Robots to the Rescue
A drone has navigated treacherous terrain, dust and turbulence on its autonomous flight through a coal mine. Adam Leach explores the technology and its potential to help save lives underground
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Transforming Technology
The Internet of Things, robotics and plasma are just some of the technologies transforming mining into a safer and more productive industry. We take a look at what they could do.
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The Silent Epidemic
As a tuberculosis epidemic of worrying proportions threatens South Africa’s gold miners and the country’s economy, Heidi Vella speaks to biotech company Aeras about finding a long-term solution.
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Anglo American chief executive Mark Cutifani recently warned that innovation in mining is lagging behind other industries. We investigate whether enough R&D is going into addressing the rising costs of exploration and operations. We also take a look at new technologies that are being implemented at every stage of the material handling process to improve efficiency and cut costs.

With an increasing number of mining issues in Canada being taken to court, we ask specialist lawyers about the keys cases and developments shaping litigation this year. Moreover, we find out how the Mexican Government is working to combat illegal mining by organised crime groups in the country, and explore the safety risks involved where miners work alone operating heavy machinery and the technology put in place to protect them.

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