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Marisa at the 1991 MERIWA scholarship presentation ceremony and Marisa today as Alcoa's Program Manager in Environmental and Process Chemistry Technology. In 1991, Marisa won the MRIWA (formerly MERIWA) scholarship for her PhD project ‘The Occurrence and Origins of Some Alkylphenols in Crude Oils’. She became the second woman to complete a PhD in the Chemistry Department at Curtin University, amongst her almost entirely male counterparts and was awarded the top prize in Petroleum Organic Geochemistry at an esteemed international conference for her work. Growing up in a first-generation immigrant family, Marisa constantly challenged both societal expectation and the...
New wearable technology – the WA-developed Soter System is designed to keep workers safe, on the job and performing whilst improving productivity
In partnership with MRIWA and Roy Hill, Soter Analytics developed a wearable sensor and accompanying app which can be utilised by workers in the resource industry. The technology assesses hazardous physical movements which pose risk of musculoskeletal injury and communicates risk management strategies accordingly. The new technology is expected to have major cost saving benefits to Western Australian industries by promoting improved productivity and better health and safety mechanisms in the workplace. Read the full report here. Read the MRIWA media release here.
New CSIRO and CRC ORE developments allow for real-time on conveyor measurements to sort and extract bulk gold ore
MRIWA, through its participation in the Cooperative Research Centre for Optimising Resource Extraction (CRC ORE), has supported research whereby CRC ORE and CSIRO teamed up to use CSIRO’s ‘Sensing and Sorting’ technology to create a pilot prototype of an apparatus to estimate the average bulk gold grade in several-tonne lots. The CRC ORE technical report can be located at https://www.mriwa.wa.gov.au/publications/previous-project-reports/. CRC ORE General Manager - Implementation Luke Keeney will be presenting at a MRIWA Workshop on 17 September, register for free at https://crcore.eventbrite.com.au. Read the full media release here.
CRC ORE’s Grade Engineering: focusing on extracting metal more efficiently by separating ore from waste before it enters comminution
There is a perception that mining low grade ore is an unavoidable consequence of ore deposit geology and mass mining. The energy cost and capital of used in the typically ‘Crush-Grind-Float’ method for low-grade deposits versus the output of minerals can drive poor productivity in a company. CRC ORE’s technology ‘Grade Engineering®’ seeks to address this issue by focusing on extracting the metal more efficiently by separating the ore from the waste as early as possible. The CRC ORE report on Grade Engineering and its different applications can be located here. CRC ORE General Manager - Implementation Luke Keeney will be presenting on outcomes achieved to date from Grade...
Minister Bill Johnston announced the opening of the 2019/20 PhD Scholarship round this morning, "the McGowan Government is seeking the world's brightest talent to undertake research into priority issues experienced in Western Australia's mining sector". Prospective applicants can read more about the program and scholarships available at https://www.mriwa.wa.gov.au/scholarships/phd-scholarship-program/. The doctoral theses of our inaugural scholars have recently been completed and can be accessed at https://www.mriwa.wa.gov.au/publications/previous-project-reports/. Read more of the Minister's media release here.