innovation pathway inventUnlocking new value through innovating optimisation.  There's a better way to do it.  We find it.

CRC ORE does this through its research Development Programs.

CRC ORE’s Innovation Pathway is based on a pipeline of activities that span the widely used Technology Readiness Level (TRL 1-9) scale of technology maturity often referred to as ‘prototype to product’.

CRC ORE's Development Programs

CRC ORE has four Development Programs which represent the early stage of this pipeline focussed on TRL3-5 activities. This involves taking technology concepts through analytical and experimental proof of concept into laboratory or desk-top validation and to an early prototype stage which is suitable for further refinement and testing under realistic world conditions.

The four Development Programs span the mining decision and value chain, and form the basis for commissioning projects with R&D providers. These projects address specific challenges and tasks which are carefully designed to support the overall objectives of CRC ORE. This involves partnering with a wide range of internationally recognised R&D organisations mainly in Australia and North America.

The focus of the four Development Programs are:

  • Improving feed quality

    New and novel testing, measurement and mapping technologies to characterise and quantify waste and ore for coarse separation attributes as inputs into CRC ORE Grade Engineering® assessment and mine planning.

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  • Enabling mass separation

    Integration of operational strategies and engineering solutions to effect coarse separation in the dig and deliver interface optimised for net value.

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  • Increasing extraction efficiency

    New processing circuit designs, integrated simulation capabilities and operational control systems to exploit changes in grade and other physical properties resulting from Grade Engineered feed streams.

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  • Maximising system-value

    While Grade Engineering provides new value based options for manipulating insitu grade and delivering improved productivity, it can also be perceived as creating increased complexity. A high level of user defined options and dynamic scenarios challenges current practice.

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