AIMEX theme days unveiled

?The theme days we have developed for AIMEX 2011 are a significant innovation for a major mining event, and are in response to demand from the industry for specific information on key subjects,? said AIMEX exhibition director Paul Baker.
?And with the forthcoming skills shortages for the resources industry, they are also aimed at engaging potential employees looking for careers in mining.?

The conference subjects concentrate on many of the hot-button issues in the industry, particularly on skills shortages, innovation, and attracting new talent to the quarrying and mining industry.

Because of their popularity, presentations will be open on a first-come-first-served basis, although they?re all free for AIMEX attendees.

On AIMEX?s first day, the focus on Safety in Mining will feature presentations on:

    ?    Increasing safety and driveage rates through full system integration and control of the longwall entry development process, presented by Jez Leeming, Joy Mining Machinery.
    ?    Collision avoidance technology, presented by Martin Smith, technical manager, SAFEmine Technology Australia.
    ?    Innovation in safety case study, presented by electrical and communications engineering solutions provider O?Donnel Griffin.
    ?    Demonstration of unique simulation capabilities of extreme loading software, presented by Dr Victoria Steblina, senior consultant, Applied Science International.
For the conference?s second day, the ?Women in Mining? theme will feature a panel discussion chaired by Lainie Anderson, director of Mining Family Matters, featuring speakers Margaret Davies, regional manager supply chain, AngloAmerican; Yvonne Jackson, exploration contracts administrator, BHP Billiton Mitsubishi Alliance; and Angie Willcocks a psychologist, Mining Family Matters.

On its third day, when the conference concentrates on mining careers and training, AIMEX will feature presentations on the following;

    ?    The emerging skills crisis, and using technology to improve competence, productivity and safety, Deb Jones, General Manager ? Research and Development, Mining Industry Skills Centre.
    ?    Partnering with TAFE and the national rollout of an enterprise-based Apprentice Development System, presented by Paul Richardson, National Organisational Development Manager, Komatsu Australia.
    ?    Addressing the need for increased management of risk relating to fluid power in the mining industry, presented by Nathan Tukuafu, national training co-ordinator, Custom Fluidpower.
    ?    140 years of mining training and safety ? then and now, with presenters from Steelhaven Skills Centre, Ballarat University.

And, on AIMEX?s fourth and final day, the conference?s theme is ?Innovation in Mining,? with a raft of presentations including;
    ?    Surface mining technology and methodology: Desirable mobile crusher features and case studies, presented by Andrew Gotley, national development manager, Wirtgen Australia.
    ?    The introduction of ?stapleless? hydraulic hose fittings and adaptors to the underground coal mining industry and the resulting performance benefits and safety improvements, presented by Stephen Dutton, Group General Manager, Pirtek Fluid Systems.
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Source: AIMEX

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