A new mining research partnership will tackle the resource sector’s most challenging issues through a technological approach.
Australian leaders in mining research – CRCMining and CSIRO Mineral Resources – have launched the world’s largest mining innovation powerhouse, Mining3.
Mining3 will integrate all CRCMining activities as well as CSIRO’s hard rock mining research capabilities into a single, industry-focused entity.
“The mining industry must change if it is to keep up with increasing economic, environmental and social pressures, and have a productive future,” Mining3 CEO professor Paul Lever says.
”With our unique scale and industry focus, Mining3 will drive this change. We’re drawing on the strengths of industry thought leaders, technical experts, extensive international networks, our industry member base and proven innovation capability.
“Mining3 is focused on shortening the innovation cycle to provide quicker benefits to the industry. We do this by involving mining companies throughout the research process and accelerating commercialisation of outcomes.”
Mining3 capabilities include rock sensing and characterisation, blasting, excavation, haulage, automation, geomechanics, energy, performance, safety and process optimisation for both surface and underground mining.
Not unlike the former CRCMining, Mining3 is a member-based organisation with eight industry members that direct the organisation’s research, and five research partners including CSIRO.
“We expect more industry members, both mining companies and METS/OEMs, to join Mining3 in order to take advantage of the opportunities the organisation presents,” Lever says.
“The consolidation of two of the world’s leading mining research organisations provides a greater success rate of delivering real-world innovation, and the model ensures lower costs. This is an unrivalled opportunity for mining companies and suppliers who need innovation.”
Mining3 and its members will focus on, and continue to develop, the Mining3 industry roadmap, a vision for addressing the highest value opportunities and challenges.
“We’re delighted to be partnering in Mining3 to deliver a strong, world-leading mining innovation hub that’s set to drive real outcomes for companies,” CSIRO mineral resources director Jonathan Law says.
“This collaboration positions Australia on the global mining innovation stage. Together, we will tackle the biggest challenges facing mining today.”
The new venture further strengthens Australia’s research capability and earmarks its position as a leader in global mining innovation.