Our interdisciplinary researchers are working to improve the mining sector through innovations in reducing environmental impacts, carbon capture and storage and optimising processes.
Through the Melbourne Mining Integrator (MMI), the University of Melbourne works with explorers, miners and mining equipment, technology and service (METS) providers to tackle some of the sector’s most challenging problems.
Working closely with our partners, we can provide end-to-end solutions – from shaping technological problems, analysing the solutions through simulation, through to testing prototypes in our facilities and in the field.
Leverage our expertise and MMI’s unique value proposition of full integration across the value chain.
We invite you to join us at the leading edge.
Mapping the massive tunnel networks that gives miners access to mineral ores is an expensive and time-consuming process, but new optimisation software developed by our researchers could save the industry millions.
Rio Tinto Iron Ore has invested billions of dollars in robotic drilling equipment, trucks and trains at its Pilbara mining complex in Western Australia. It uses complex scheduling software developed in collaboration with the University of Melbourne to further optimise these operations.
MMI has developed advanced techniques for the extraction of metals from their ores based on the use of pulsed columns – a game-changing alternative to mixer-settlers. After demonstrating a prototype, this technique has been successfully scaled-up and deployed at a major mine site, halving the water use.
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We are client-focussed and collaborative – we work side-by-side with your leaders, engineers and scientists to develop solutions to your challenges.
From complex multi-partner research to short consulting projects, talk to us about your needs for:
- Emerging technologies
- Developing technology strategies
- Engineering customised solutions
- Leveraging our state-of-the-art research facilities
Let us help you solve your technology challenges.
Our research collaborations deliver innovative solutions with transformative outcomes for industry, communities and the environment.
Next-generation digital mining
Analysing the large volumes of data being produced in modern mines can identify opportunities to optimise mine operations and maximise value.
Agile logistics and mine planning
New mining techniques and mine designs are being developed to incorporate real-time responsiveness to unfolding environmental conditions to optimise operations along mining and processing supply chains.
Upgrades to existing mineral processing units and the introduction of new technologies can improve extraction rates and reduce waste impacts.
- Associate Professor Adrian Pearce
- Dr Christopher Goodes
Enterprise Professor, Melbourne Mining Integrator
Research Team Leaders
- Dr Ben Rubinstein
Program leader, Next-generation digital mining
- Dr Michelle Blom
Program leader, Agile logistics and mine planning
- Dr Kathryn Mumford
Program leader, Process productivity
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