GREYHOUND AUSTRALIA COST SAVING INITIATIVE AWARD
This category recognises the contractor or supplier whose cost effective, value for money project or innovation/new process resulted in a cost saving outcome for a client.
FINALISTS – COXONS GROUP AUSTRALIA | ONSITE RENTAL GROUP | QUARRY MINING
WINNER – QUARRY MINING
Underground roof support drilling methodologies
By streamlining the drilling methodology at Glencore’s Oaky Creek mines, Quarry Mining saved over $800,000 and increased productivity. This project replaced obsolete drilling technologies, bringing in new equipment to improve safety. The original cost saving was estimated at $400,000, but Quarry Mining went above and beyond to double that. Crews now enjoy a quicker, safer, and easier drilling process.
Judges said that this project showed clear cost savings, improved safety of drilling crews and applied an innovative process.
ECONOMX TIME SAVING INITIATIVE AWARD
This category recognises a contractor or supplier that has completed a project which, through an innovation or new process, resulted in a significant reduction in initial estimated timeframes.
FINALISTS – MCLANAHAN CORPORATION | QCCS | DOWNER BLASTING SERVICES
WINNER – DOWNER BLASTING SERVICES
Focusing on reducing downtime of MPU’s, Downer Blasting Services eliminated the need to return to the reload facility by delivering product on the blast bench. A blasting cycle with the Speedloader is now 15 minutes, compared to 75 minutes.
By cutting MPU reload time to just 15 minutes and creating a productivity increase of up to 23%, Downer Blasting Services created genuine time savings. The Speedloader has now been implemented on several sites, following its successful trialling. Judges said the Speedloader was an obvious solution to a real problem.
JCB CEA INNOVATION AWARD
The most original and ground-breaking approach to a project including new concept, technology and/or innovative process that is instrumental in increasing operational efficiency or improving project delivery.
FINALISTS – CREATENERGY | PUMA ENERGY | MINE ENERGY SOLUTIONS
WINNER – MINE ENERGY SOLUTIONS
Dual fuel (HDCNG) Durablity trial
Mine Energy Solutions successfully trialled using both natural gas and diesel as fuel sources for off-highway mining trucks at New Acland Coal Mine. The fuel worked to normal diesel parameters with no adverse effects on engine power or performance, reducing diesel cost by up to 25%.
Tackling fuel efficiency addresses a large industry issue, and the demonstrated savings and innovation in this project are clear. The HDCNG fuel has now been integrated into another caterpillar 793F at New Acland Mine, with the patented technology paying dividends.
Judges appreciated the industry-wide implications of this project’s demonstrated fuel savings and promising advances in technology.
MCLANAHAN SAFETY AWARD
The most outstanding initiative to make safety a priority on site, including continuous improvement and full integration into a project/initiative, with real results able to be demonstrated.
FINALISTS – J.E.S.I | HASTINGS DEERING | GREYHOUND AUSTRALIA
WINNER – GREYHOUND AUSTRALIA
Safer Transport solution: TechBus
Greyhound Australia retrofitted a regular bus to create the TechBus. Using simple but effective improvements like seat belt alarms, fatigue management systems and the Advanced Driver Assistance System, Greyhound set a new standard in best practice, demonstrating their commitment to the mining industry.
Bus accidents are one of the biggest material risks for a mine, so for a contractor to recognise and solve that shows initiative. The judges said that this solution takes the onsite safety message well past the mine gates, something that should be taken on across the industry as a standard.
QME BEST PRODUCT LAUNCH AWARD
The most innovative product launched during 2017/2018.
FINALISTS – HMA WEAR SOLUTIONS | WOLFF MINING | CONTROL SYSTEMS TECHNOLOGY
WINNER – CONTROL SYSTEMS TECHNOLOGY
IOT virtual weigh frame – Intelliroll
Intelliroll is an autonomous, remotely accessible, plug and play conveyor belt weigher. The Intelliroll allows belt weighing without wiring, without a PLC, and without being fixed to a gantry structure.
The product is affordable, uses technology well with a smartphone app incorporated, and enables mine operators to have greater control. Judges said the technology was promising – with local development and innovation a great example of Australia’s METS industry.
HASTINGS DEERING COMMUNITY/STAFF ENGAGEMENT OR EEO INITIATIVE AWARD
The most outstanding community or internal consultation and engagement project OR the most outstanding initiative to promote equal opportunity.
FINALISTS – NEW HOPE GROUP | CLERMONT COAL OPERATIONS | RIO TINTO
WINNER – RIO TINTO
AMRUN project – sustaining indigenous employment
Rio Tinto has taken on a mandate to create and sustain indigenous employment over the whole life of the Amrun Project. Indigenous people have filled 320 roles at the project, including 108 local Wik-Waya people.
The Project has also recorded $1.3 billion in local spending, including 71 Western Cape businesses.
The Amrun Project made a continued and focused effort to not only create but to sustain indigenous employment. Attention through the whole project lifecycle, including recruitment, onboarding, training and local supplier development, has created real community change. Judges said that these efforts showed a long-term vision and a sustainable employment program, unique in mine construction.
METS IGNITED COLLABORATION AWARD
The most outstanding collaborative effort between producers and contractors/suppliers, delivering results and enhancing cost-saving, time-saving and/or innovative outcomes.
ANGLO AMERICAN/NOME SERVICES
RIO TINTO/BECHTEL/JACOBS/MCCONNELL DOWELL
UNEARTHED/ORIGIN ENERGY/ADVANCE QUEENSLAND
WINNER – UNEARTHED/ORIGIN ENERGY/ADVANCE QUEENSLAND
Unearthed aimed to identify and develop four new resources industry startups, bringing new technology to market. The four startups: Canaria, Flowpay, Sitesee and Modulr Tech, all focused on disrupting existing industry technology.
Showing true collaboration, the Unearthed Accelerator program was supported by an industry partner and a government partner. The four startups have all secured paid site trials and are continuing development, creating jobs and engaging with industry.
Judges said this project demonstrated results and genuine innovation, as a valuable program for the whole resources industry that deserves to be encouraged.
BBMC QUEENSLAND MINING CONTRACTOR OF THE YEAR –
Queensland Mining Contractor of the Year awarded to one finalist who displayed excellence across several categories.
WINNER – WOLFF MINING
Wolff Mining collaborated with Caterpillar and Hastings Deering to pilot the Command for Dozing module at Curragh Mine. The Command for Dozing module makes mine automation possible in a low-cost environment, while increasing productivity.
Wolff Mining demonstrated innovation and a willingness to collaborate with OEMs to solve a consistent industry issue – and this shone through in their submission. Their remote dozer operations trial was smart, collaborative, innovative and had a strong safety element.
“Wolff Mining is leading the industry in this space, solving a consistent industry issue by working with OEMs and taking a risk. This project ticked all the boxes.”
– Peter Kane
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