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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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34 MINING & TECHNOLOGY AUSTRALIA 2014 | ISSUE 8 Australia, the project will tackle some of the technical risks and help industry to unlock this vast potential resource." Searching for underground resources is complex and expensive. Australia in particular has a unique geological make-up with a blanket of cover built up over millions of years making it difcult to detect deposits and therefore develop new mine sites. "The project will deliver new data, interpretations, understanding and technologies to help discover mineral wealth in regions that until now have been difcult to explore," Hunt said. This ground-breaking approach to exploration aims to expand the search area used to identify the markers that point to large mineral deposits. "We will be able to arm industry with the information they need to detect if resources are nearby, and in what direction and how deep they are," Hunt said. "Distal Footprints are signatures we might expect to fnd around an ore deposit from distances of up to several tens of kilometres." Using isotopic and trace element composition – at regional- scales on bulk samples and at micro-mscale in individual minerals – the project will determine the distal paterns and the minerals that host them, through advanced micro- to nano-scale analyses using NRSP's advanced infrastructure. The new capability will increase exploration certainty in Australia making it an atractive destination for investment, ensuring that the resources sector remains globally competitive. The project is supported by funding awarded under the SIEF, as well as contributions from the WA Government's Minerals Research Institute of Western Australia (MRIWA), industry, the Geological Survey of Western Australia and the NRSP foundation research partners. "Ensuring that Australia's resources sector can compete internationally is of paramount importance to the industry and the economy," Hunt said. By supporting new research and technology development as well as ensuring that ongoing research priorities are based on real and current industry challenges, the NRSP is helping to tip the scales in the right direction. To fnd out more about how to get involved, please contact TECHNOLOGY & INNOVATION The Atom Probe located at Curtin University is the frst machine of its kind to be dedicated to resource characterisation in Australia The Maia Mapper – being developed by and housed at CSIRO – will be a landmark instrument that does not currently exist anywhere else The Maia Mapper – being developed by and housed at CSIRO – will be a landmark instrument that does not currently exist anywhere else Characterisation image from the Maia Mapper prototype Graeme Hunt is Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Transfield Services. He was announced as the inaugural Chair of the National Resource Sciences Precinct in April 2014. Graeme has almost 40 years' experience in the metals, min- ing and bulk transport sectors, including years with BHP Billiton where he held positions including President Iron Ore, President Aluminum and President Uranium. He was also Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Lihir Gold Ltd. He has been President of the Australian Uranium Association, The Australian Mining and Metals Association and the Interna- tional Manganese Institute. He has served as Deputy Chair of the Minerals Council of Australia and as a director of the Internation- al Aluminium Institute and the World Energy Council Australia. Graeme is currently a Director of AGL Energy Ltd.

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