MTA-AUS 2014

CONEXPO-CON/AGG VIP SHOW GUIDE contains Floor Plans and a complete listing of companies exhibiting at the ConExpo-Con/Agg 2014 trade show in Las Vegas March 3-7, 2014. It also contains 2014 forecasts for the Aggregate, Concrete and Cement industries

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32 MINING & TECHNOLOGY AUSTRALIA 2014 | ISSUE 8 SIMPLY PUT, AUSTRALIA NEEDS TO STEP UP AND BE MORE innovative by bringing together the best scientists and world- class research infrastructure with industry and government to solve tomorrow's resources challenges today. The National Resource Sciences Precinct, or NRSP for short, does exactly that. It is a CSIRO, Curtin University and UWA collaboration connecting the world's best researchers with industry and government to tackle some of the most complex challenges facing the resources industry. At an ofcial launch in April this year, the NRSP announced Graeme Hunt, CEO and Managing Director of Transfeld Services as its inaugural Chair. "There have been areas of collaboration between the three institutions before but there hasn't been an umbrella body that strives to make sure there is alignment and transparency about what each of them is trying to do," Hunt said. "Between its foundation partners, the NRSP hosts more than 400 FTE research TECHNOLOGY & INNOVATION Solving tomorrow's Australia faces increasing global demand for its resources during a time of rising costs. The challenge for industry, research bodies and government agencies is collaboration, so that Australia can become more competitive internationally. staf all addressing the future needs of the global resources industries. It is supported by millions of dollars' worth of advanced resources-oriented research infrastructure." This pooling of expertise centred in Perth, Western Australia, capitalises on the concentration of multinational resource companies located in this recognised mining hub, as well as leading research capabilities. The location is also well- situated for increased engagement with the growing Asian market. The new collaborative approach of the NRSP will see an increase in large-scale infrastructure projects developed in Perth and around Australia while reducing duplication of funding and efort for resource science initiatives. "The foundation partners, under the auspices of the NRSP, have already atracted over $50 million in funding for research projects focused on the resources sector. "The projects include an advanced resource characterisation facility and a ground-breaking Distal Footprints project that aims to improve mineral exploration to discover mineral wealth in remote regions that have previously been difcult to search," Hunt said. With the support of a $12.4 million grant from the Science and Industry Endowment Fund (SIEF), the NRSP is developing an unparalleled Advanced Resource Characterisation Facility (ARCF) which will increase the quantity and quality of geoscientifc information gained from drilling. This information will form the basis for higher ore deposit discovery rates, and earlier, more accurate resource defnition in the minerals industry. The Distal Footprints project will focus on the challenge of uncovering mineral wealth in the unique Australian landscape NRSP Chair, Graeme Hunt boasts a minerals and energy background of almost 40 years

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