Picture it. It’s a Friday, and after your shift you are headed off on a month-long holiday, far away from the sounds of heavy machinery, pumps, hoses and other underground mining equipment.

When the lifeblood of a mine is an ever-changing and potentially hazardous network of unsealed haul roads, how do you provide a safe working environment and maintain an efficient and prosperous haul road circuit operation? Here are my thoughts on why friction is important to a mining operation from safety and operating cost perspectives.

Australian investors are taking a leading role in developing South America’s lithium triangle, a region of high altitude brine lakes that spans Argentina, Chile and Bolivia.

Australia’s innovators are inefficient when it comes to applying ideas in practice, according to a Department of Industry, Innovation and Science report released in February.

Australia’s miners notably reduced their average days working capital in the 2016 financial year by paying their creditors later, according to a report from advisory firm McGrathNicol.

Engaged mining employees can directly impact a mining operation’s productivity, efficiency, safety levels and bottom line. This makes measuring employee engagement important to help maintain a high level of involvement, as well as determine ways to improve it.

Jurisdiction is a critical component of the industry, particularly when it comes to overseas mine development in areas with systems different to our own.

As foreign visitors to Mongolia can sorely attest, riding the small but sturdy local Mongol horses can be a taxing experience which often ends with a bump.


Why is it employers in the resources industry are spending more than $20,000 per person per annum to prevent injuries, yet many of our front line people feel alienated from the safety process?

National Mining Chronicle caught up with iSeekPlant CEO Sally McPherson to discuss her company's equipment hire tool, the state of the mining industry and innovation in the sector.