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Thiess carries out technology trial at Anthill Project

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Thiess has carried out trials with OreSense tech at the Anthill Project in central Queensland to deliver safety, productivity, and environmental benefits.

With the promise of reduced environmental impact, improved safety and increased productivity, the OreSense technology scans rock to distinguish high grade resources from waste.

The OreSense technology, created by deep-tech mining start-up Plotlogic, scans rocks to distinguish high grade resources from waste. The technology provides real-time information, eliminating the need for a week or more waiting for testing results.

The technology is also expected to create environmental benefits through lower fuel usage and machinery consumables and a more optimised heap leaching process.

Group Executive Growth & Strategy, Abdul Jarrah, said the trial aligned with Thiess’ commitment to use technology to drive sustainable improvements for its clients.

“Investing in technology such as OreSense further enhances our in-house capability and allows us to offer our clients greater value across the safety, cost, productivity and environmental spectrum,” Jarrah said.

“Importantly, our focus on innovation will support our clients to achieve their environmental goals, as Thiess continues to establish itself as a leader in sustainable mining practices.”

Group Manager, Geology and Geotechnical, Donna Sheehy, said applications for the technology were far-reaching.

“The machine takes around three minutes to scan a wall or mine face area of 15 m x 50 m – if the trial proves successful there is potential to scan dig faces and stockpiles to determine grade,” Sheeby added.

“From machine learning, we can use OreSense to give us real time assay – saving lengthy laboratory processing wait times.

“This allows us to increase the average grade of material fed to the heap leaching process which means we haul less waste, reducing our use of fuel and machinery consumables.”

The trial, set to begin at the Anthill Project on 27 April 2022, will run for approximately four weeks.

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