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Pre-Conference Workshop:
Meeting the Human Resources Challenges of Future Mining

Monday, 21 November 2011, 9.00 am 5.00 pm

Click here to download the Workshop Program

The current skill shortages in the mining industry are well documented. The shortages are in key areas both professionally (eg geology and mining engineering) and in the skills area (eg electricians, mechanics, jumbo operators). The shortages are constraining the ability of the industry to meet the demand for minerals and adding to its operating costs, in Australia and overseas. If the industry is struggling to meet the human resource demand at its operations now, how can it possibly meet the demand in the future, given the dynamic and rapid nature of change in the working environment?

This workshop, facilitated by the Australian Centre for Sustainable Mining Practices and covering coal, metals and industrial minerals, explores the people issues, arguably the most fundamental tenet of sustainability in the mining industry. Without skilled, educated and competent people, mines will either operate sub-optimally or in the extreme case, simply close. The workshop will focus on what skills and attributes the workforce in 2020 will need by:

  • Painting a picture of mining in 2020 and likely trends and technological innovations
  • Investigating the human resources demand side in exploration, development, operations and closure based on the requirements of a future mine in 2020
  • Exploring strategies for addressing the supply side from a government, industry, educational and research perspective

Facilitated by Assoc Prof David Laurence, Australian Centre for Sustainable Mining Practices and featuring prominent Australian and international presenters

Inclusions: Course materials (on a USB); lunch, teas/coffees

Venue: Room G51, Old Main Building (map reference K15), The University of New South Wales

Cost:  AusIMM Member  A$550 per person
          Non Member  A$660 per person
          Student (Full-time)  A$66 per person

Minimum number of participants: 15
Maximum number of participants: 40

To Book: Via the registration form

Virtual Reality Mining Demonstration

The UNSW School of Mining Engineering has developed an interactive simulations for visualisation and education. The School in collaboration with Computer Sciences and iCinema has developed 360 degree immersive visual environment for educating groups in mine procedures.

As part of the Future Mining Conference, the School will be demonstrating the system and the modules that have been deployed to industry and are in daily use at Mines Rescue Stations. The modules are based on underground coal, surface coal and hard rock mines. Information on the systems and content are available at

The modules that will be demonstrated are, Truck Pre-shift Inspection, Unaided Self Escape, Rib and Roof Stability, Hazard Awareness, Isolation Procedures, Gas Outburst and Spontaneous Combustion. There will also be an opportunity to view an arts based applications that has application and relevance to the retention and delivery of industry expertise. The demonstration objective is to show how collaboration with disparate groups can Build powerful systems and enhance project outcomes.