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MRIWA-sponsored research project M493 has produced an innovative technique for analysing seismic and magnetotelluric data. Developed by Professor Brett Harris and his team at Curtin University’s WA School of Mines: Minerals, Energy and Chemical Engineering, this cooperative inversion method can reveal previously hidden geological features and aid prediction of rock properties deep below the surface. The team used the concepts of unsupervised machine learning and seismic texture to develop a software toolkit that could help reduce the risk in targeting hidden ore systems, encouraging exploration investment in under-explored areas of Western Australia. The technical report summarising...
MRIWA project M449 with Globaltech Corporation supported the design and initial testing of a new survey probe for use in Reverse Circulation (RC) drilling. This probe would allow automated logging of rock properties during the drilling process. If promising initial results are replicated in further trials, adoption of this technology could offer significant efficiency gains and cost savings to the mining industry. The technical report summarising the findings of this research can be accessed here. The MRIWA media release regarding this research can be found here.
Ground support optimisation: MRIWA-supported research improving safety and efficiency in underground mining
Led by Professor Yves Potvin at the Australian Centre for Geomechanics at UWA, this project delivers significant advances in ground support design for underground mining. Applied using widely-available software tools, the new methodology delivered here will help to improve safety and reduce costs in underground mining, and enhances Western Australia’s reputation as a leader in developing geomechanics technology for the mining industry. The technical report summarising the findings of this research can be found here. The MRIWA media release regarding the research completed by Professor Potvin and his team at the Australian Centre for Geomechanics can be read here.
MRIWA’s Research Priority Plan was officially launched on Wednesday 26 February 2020 by Minister for Mines and Petroleum, the Hon. Bill Johnston, MLA. The Research Priority Plan describes the medium to long term knowledge and technology needs of the State’s minerals industry to ensure it can deliver an economic and social benefit for Western Australia. Download the Plan here.