5% of the worlds total power use is devoted to turning very big rocks into particles less than 32 microns in diameter, finer than talcum powder. Only at that small size can valuable minerals be separated from ‘gangue’ or rocks and dirt to you an me The mining industry is incredibly costly and so mine planning is a hugely important area where any small increase in efficiency can mean billions of dollars in savings and make the difference between a profitable business and a disaster. JKMRC is a Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) attached to the University of Queensland. They and their stablemate at UQ, CRC ORE have over 50 years experience in researching and implementing mineral processing improvements working with the majority of the worlds mining industry.
JKMRC already has several technological offerings for simulating mining processes. However this software is incomplete and is desktop based, so it is limited in it’s simulation capacity (one CPU can only do so much) and has little to no collaborative abilities which hampers the ability of research experts and operations staff to work together across geography and time zones. The Integrated Extraction Simulator (IES) project was kicked off in mid 2012 to deliver an cloud based solution to meet the requirements of research, operational and executive needs in making mineral processing cheaper, more efficient and less energy and resource intensive.
Note: This software is unreleased and subject to an NDA which means I can talk about it but cannot demo or show it publicly. The project is now in a commercialisation phase so it should be accessible soon.