Of droughts and flooding rains, Australia surely is a place of extreme weather. Different seasons present different challenges, particularly when operating a safe and productive mining or construction site.
Dump trucks are the modern-day workhorses of mining. These machines, which can stand as tall as a two-story building, are often required to operate 24/7 with drivers remaining behind the wheel for up to 10 hours straight.
For a long time miners have had to make do with traditional, classroom-based training to learn about the hazards of underground mining. The idea of an immersive virtual experience of mine site training was seen as a futuristic concept, something you’d see only in sci-fi movies.
Over the past few years, growth in Australia’s petroleum sector, which includes crude oil, condensate, LPG, natural gas and LNG, has been largely attributed to LNG. In fact, as several major gas projects step up to completion, the contribution of liquid natural gas (LNG) to the Australian economy is anticipated to increase from AU$12 billion to AU$60 billion by 2018.
Scientists have for the first time discovered the existence of opals on Mars. This incredible discovery comes as traces of the precious stone were found in a Martian meteorite, which fell to Earth in 1911 and was examined recently by researchers at the University of Glasgow.
The next generation of hard hats is fast approaching, one that will do much more than just protect your head. An Australian start-up will soon launch eHat, an innovative hard hat that can warn the wearer of imminent danger and suggest solutions to problems.
Powerful, rugged, environmentally friendly and comfortable: that’s what owners and operators think of the Komatsu WA500-3 Loader. From its spacious and comfortable driver’s cab, an operator can fill a 40 tonne semitrailer truck in just three bucket loads, making it ideal for rehandling and quarry applications.
Some of the world’s largest open cut mines are so big that they’re visible from space. Yes, that’s about 150km above the Earth!
Aussie V8 Supercar champion, Jamie Whincup, got the chance to put a 330 tonne Komatsu 960E Dump Truck through its paces at a test centre in Arizona. You don’t get too many opportunities to see a truck the size of a two-storey building being driven as if it were a rally car. That’s why, even though Whincup’s Wild West dump truck test drive took place a couple of years ago, we thought it worth re-living here.
Looking for a superior digging force, to increase productivity on your mining or civil construction site? Then you need Komatsu's PC1250 2004 Excavator. Renowned internationally for reliability, durability and the largest bucket capacity in its class, you can literally move mountains with Komatsu's powerful excavator.