The 2018 Queensland Mining Award winners have been announced: recognising the state’s hardest-working contractors, suppliers and producers.
The Queensland Mining Awards were co-hosted by the Bowen Basin Mining Club and the Queensland Resources Council, recognising mining industry contractors, suppliers and producers across eight peer-judged categories.
The winners are:
Greyhound Australia Cost Saving Initiative Award – Quarry Mining
Economx Time Saving Initiative Award – Downer Blasting Services
JCB CEA Project Innovation Award – Mine Energy Solutions
Hastings Deering Community/ Staff Engagement or EEO Award – Rio Tinto
QME Best Product Launch Award – Control Systems Technology
METS Ignited Collaboration Award – Unearthed/Origin Energy/Advance Queensland
McLanahan Safety Award- Greyhound Australia
Bowen Basin Mining Club Queensland Mining Contractor of the Year – Wolff Mining
The 2018 Contractor of the Year, Wolff Mining, were named a finalist in the Best Product Launch Award, and also narrowly missed a finalist spot in the hotly contested Collaboration category for their semi-autonomous dozer trials.
Wolff Mining’s trial of the Caterpillar Command for Dozing module at Curragh Mine near Blackwater was the first time that the technology had been successfully trialled in a production dozing environment – resulting in improved safety, productivity and cost outcomes.
Judges felt that for a mid-tier company, Wolff Mining showed a clear focus on innovation and took initiative in partnering with OEMs to operationalise technology that has the potential to change the face of mining.