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Queensland Mining Contractor Awards: And the Winner is…

Contractor Of The Year

[hr]The who’s who of Queensland mining descended on Mackay in July to hear who would take home the gong at the inaugural Queensland Mining Contractor Awards…[hr]

SMW Group is Queensland’s first Mining Contractor of the Year after winning the title in July at a glittering award ceremony in Mackay.

The company, which has 165 employees and is based in Rockhampton, is an outstanding winner of the inaugural Awards, organised by the Bowen Basin Mining Club.

The Group’s invention of an innovative hydraulic lift system has been hailed as a major breakthrough that enhances quality, safety and speed, leading to customer savings of 25%.

Jodie Currie, Director of the Bowen Basin Mining Club, said the competition confirmed the vital contribution contractors and suppliers continued to make to Queensland’s mining sector.

“When we launched the awards we knew they would reveal some brilliant stories of enterprise, initiative and originality as well as old-fashioned practicality and dedication.

“The entries confirmed the magnificent efforts contractors make to ensure Queensland’s mining projects are globally competitive and at the cutting edge of productivity.

“I would like to congratulate all the winners and all those who submitted entries and I am sure they will all find the process of entering the awards will bring benefits in terms of future projects.

“Our mining sector is in a constant process of improvement and contractors and suppliers are responsible for many of the changes that make our mine sites safer and more productive.

“I’m confident that there are more wonderful stories out there and that they will emerge in future awards processes,” Ms Currie said.

SMW Group Operations Manager Frank Humphreys hailed the honour as a great recognition for the innovative work the company produces.

“We really do pride ourselves on being faster, smarter and more efficient,” he said.

“This award highlights that commitment. SMW has an amazing team; from our workshop crews fabricating and repairing heavy equipment to our field service teams, our engineers, electricians and office staff.

“To be named Mining Contractor of the Year is a wonderful recognition of their efforts and hard work on each and every project we undertake. I hope they feel the same level of pride that we felt getting up to claim the trophy at the awards dinner,” Mr Humphreys said.

The awards’ presentation dinner at the Queensland Mining Exhibition in Mackay was attended by 500 and honoured the achievements of 16 contractors and suppliers shortlisted for their brilliance, problem-solving, technical innovation and smart thinking.

As sponsors of the Queensland Mining Contractor Awards, Queensland Mining and Energy Bulletin congratulates all winners and finalists for their outstanding contribution to one of this state’s most crucial industry sectors.

Finalists: Project Innovation

TEAM Engineering
TEAM Engineering Services has designed and built an innovative re-locatable cable arch (which allows heavy mining equipment to transverse dragline and shovel trailing cables and other services. TEAM currently has a patent pending for this design.

Plantminer.com.au launched in May 2013 and it is now Australia’s largest plant and equipment hire marketplace with over 90,000 items for hire from over 1,500 suppliers Australia wide.

SMW Group
SMW Group took an off-site, production line approach to tray repairs, and, innovating a hydraulic lift system, SMW Group was able to realise customer savings of 25%.

Thiess has embraced the ‘big data’ and information mobility concept by developing and implementing the Operational Decision Support application. This application draws on realtime data from multiple business systems to inform decision making.

Finalists: Community or Staff Engagement Initiative

G&S Engineering
Nominated by CQ Rescue – G&S Engineering manage a successful workplace giving program in support of CQ Rescue’s vital lifesaving helicopter rescue service.

Thiess’ social responsibility program, Care, provides a flexible framework for community engagement to create sustainable communities and enhance local benefits associated with their contracting services.

Cater Care 
The Cater Care RISE – HEALTH & LIFESTYLE Program is designed to provide a superior healthy body and a healthy mind program to the remote workforce.

Finalists: Cost Saving Initiative
Finalists: Cost Saving Initiative

Ausenco Rylson
Ausenco Rylson reduced MMG’s Century Mine lifecycle plan costs >10% through risk-based optimisation of maintenance activities and a revenue-at-risk project delivery model.

Ausenco successfully identified and implemented a 24% reduction in operating costs at the Isaac Plains CHPP without impacting the CHPP’s reliability and availability.

SMW Group 
SMW Group took an off-site, production line approach to tray repairs, and, innovating a hydraulic lift system, SMW Group was able to realise customer savings of 25%.

BMD Group
The project comprised of all the major civil and concrete works associated with the Hay Point Phase 3 Expansion for BMA Coal Operation.

AECOM provided Real Time Quality and Acoustic Monitoring (Real Time AQAM) to Callide Mine resulting in significant time and cost savings for Anglo American.

Poly Protective Coatings
Removal of polyurethane coatings in preparation for the application of new coatings to increase the life of the equipment and increase production run time. The traditional method was changed to an RPR machine technology resulting in quicker application.

Equal Opportunity Initiative
Finalists Equal Opportunity Initiative

The ‘Oothung’ (Sisters) in Mining Program is a unique pathway for Indigenous women in Central Queensland to join the resources industry as Thiess trainee haul truck operators.

As part of the repair and stabilisation of 29km of the Gregory Highway project, CMC developed and delivered a Indigenous Employment Program. This recruitment program resulted in 12% of the total workforce being of Indigenous heritage

Minniecon & Burke
Indigenous part ownership of a labour hire entity creates a service structure for maximising Indigenous participation in the workforce.

Finalists: Best Product Launch

Linked Group Services
The ECO-HUB Is a solar powered mobile lighting tower that is satellite enabled. It is equipped with a tilted single axis tracking array that increases the output over conventional solar lighting plants but allows for the unit to remain compact and manoeuvrable.

Ampcontrol’s VSDguard is a wide bandwidth earth leakage relay for protecting plant and personnel from electrical faults in underground mines where VSDs are applied.

The Swivlepole™ Retrofit System allows safe and efficient conversion of non-lowering light poles, enabling replacement of faulty luminaires and upgrades to new lighting technology.

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