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CRC Ore Annual Assembly 2018
Brisbane, Australia, November 20, 2018


More than 150 participants from around the world converged on Brisbane City Hall for CRC ORE’s Annual Assembly 2018.

Eminent mining, METS and research guest speakers, included CRC ORE representatives, provided insights on accelerating impact, implementing innovation, mining challenges and technology commercialisations CRC ORE's Essential Participant group brought insights on industry issues and experiences on active CRC ORE projects and site implementation studies.

Highlights of the event included keynote addresses on “Accelerating Impact” by Prof Robin Batterham AO (Kernot Professor of Engineering, University of Melbourne) on balancing imagination and application in research, by Cleve Lightfoot (BHP Head of Innovation) on BHP’s open innovation program, and by Erica Smythe (CRC ORE Non-Executive Director and Chairman) on the role of government in supporting reform and innovation in the resources industry.

A session on “Implementing Innovation” brought insights from Keith Mayhew, Vaughan Chamberlain and Angus Melbourne, who discussed how Teck, AngloGold Ashanti and Orica were implementing innovation. Dr Luke Keeney provided insights from CRC ORE’s grade engineering production trials.

In approaching new mining challenges, Michelle Elvy, Head of Integrated Operations at BHP Minerals Australia, shared the company’s experiences of establishing the integrated remote operations centre in Brisbane. She introduced the concept of ‘as-is, where-is’ to focus the team’s attention on getting the centre operational rather than fine tuning the various components. Paul Revell (CRC ORE) and Prof David Cooke (University of Tasmania) discussed how successful research programs fitted industry needs. Jan Kwak explained how Hatch was “making technology pay”.

A full report can be found at: www.ceecthefuture.org




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