Each day of AIMEX, from September 6-9, 2011 at Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic Park, will have a specific theme dealing with key issues in the mining industry incorporating information and demonstration sessions, along with special networking events.

The four theme days are:

  • Safety Day on Tuesday, September 6
  • Women in Mining Day on Wednesday, September 7
  • Careers and Training Day on Thursday, September 8
  • Innovation in Mining Day on Friday, September 9

The Safety Day will look at:

  • Increasing safety and driveage rates through full system integration and control of the longwall entry development process, presented by Jez Leeming, Joy Mining Machinery.
  • Collision avoidance technology, presented by Martin Smith, technical manager, SAFEmine Technology Australia.
  • Innovation in safety case study, presented by electrical and communications engineering solutions provider O’Donnel Griffin.
  • Demonstration of unique simulation capabilities of extreme loading software, presented by Dr Victoria Steblina, senior consultant, Applied Science International.

Women in mining will include a panel discussion facilitated by Mining Family Matters director Lainie Anderson with speakers including Anglo American’s regional manager supply chain Margaret Davies, BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance exploration contracts administrator Yvonne Jackson and Mining Family Matters psychologist Angie Willcocks.

Presentations during the careers and training day include:

  • The emerging skills crisis, and using technology to improve competence, productivity and safety, presented by Mining Industry Skills Centre general manager – research and development Deb Jones.
  • Partnering with TAFE and the national rollout of an enterprise-based Apprentice Development System, presented by Komatsu Australia’s national organizational development manager Paul Richardson.
  • Addressing the need for increased management of risk relating to fluid power in the mining industry, presented by Custom Fluidpower’s national training co-ordinator Nathan Tukuafu.
  • 140 years of mining training and safety – then and now, with presenters from Steelhaven Skills Centre, Ballarat University.

Innovation in mining day will include:

  • Optimum material solutions for industrial hydrometallurgical equipment, presented by Ashland Inc’s corrosion industry manager Thom Johnson.
  • Diesel fuel cleanliness requirements for HPCR (high-pressure common rail) engines, presented by AngloGold Ashanti’s global account manager Brad Crook.
  • Surface mining technology and methodology: Desirable mobile crusher features and case studies, presented by Wirtgen Australia’s national development manager Andrew Gotley.
  • The introduction of ‘stapleless’ hydraulic hose fittings and adaptors to the underground coal mining industry and the resulting performance benefits and safety improvements, presented by Pirtek Fluid Systems’ group general manager Stephen Dutton.

All presentations will be held in The Hub at AIMEX, located near the entrance to The Dome, and will be open free of charge to exhibition visitors. AIMEX exhibition director Paul Baker says, “For presentations where there is high demand, access will be on a first-come/first-served basis.

“The theme days we have developed for AIMEX 2011 are a significant innovation for a major mining event, and are in response to demand from the industry for specific information on key subjects. And with the forthcoming skills shortages for the resources industry, they are also aimed at engaging potential employees looking for careers in mining.

“We have a strong focus on women in mining, with our panel discussion and networking opportunities, allowing women looking to enter the mining industry to become aware of the opportunities and challenges in this exciting industry.

“We are also targeting young people, as well as mid-career or older workers who are keen to know about training, apprenticeship and higher education opportunities. This includes highlighting some of the innovative programs being developed to give them life skills, along with the latest safety developments designed to keep workers safe and healthy throughout their employment in the mining industry.”


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