The first mineAlloy mini-conference was held at Deakin University in Waurn Ponds on 29th August 2017. The delegates from partner organisations and the academic researchers spent a day learning about their technical challenges and discussing the progress with their respective projects.
Prof Matthew Barnett, Director of the mineAlloy training centre, opened the meeting with a summary of the recent activities and the plans for the next few months. Subsequently, Dale Thompson from Austmine and Ric Gros from METS Ignited offered an overview of the Mining and METS sector in Australia. The rest of the morning was dedicated to the industry partners and the researchers, who introduced themselves and explained their roles and expectations.
The afternoon sessions were focused on the preliminary results and the lessons learned from prior experience, including a presentation on additive manufacturing by Prof Chris Hutchinson (Monash), erosive wear and modelling tools by Dr Subhankar Biswas (Deakin) and Dr Chris Solnordal (CSIRO), a talk on embedded sensors by Prof Abbas Kouzani (Deakin), and two presentations on wear testing by Dr Alireza Ghaderi (Deakin) and Dr Jeff Gates (University of Queensland).
The last presentation was delivered by Santiago Corujeira Gallo, manager of mineAlloy, who explained the reporting cycles and key performance indicators. After this, the industry delegates and researchers broke into groups to discuss their progress and plan the next steps of their respective projects.