BRISBANE, Australia The CO-OPERATIVE RESEARCH CENTRE FOR MINING TECHNOLOGY AND EQUIPMENT (CMTE) has named the Reemijn 720 the winner of its student mining machine design competition.
The Reemijn 720, is intended for use in a surface coal mine. It consists of an angular cutting device and a scoop connected to a conveyor belt. Safety, productivity and environmental considerations formed part of the planning. Pictures of the winning team and their machine can be seen at www.cmte.org.au.
The competition is part of the two-week Australian Student Mineral Ventures (ASMV). Year 11 and 12 students toured mining and processing facilities in central and southeast Queensland, then were given a box of Lego and a week in which to construct their apparatus.
The ASMV is supported by the Australasian Institute of Mining and Metallurgy's Education Endowment Fund, various branches of the AusIMM, participating mining companies, and the University of Queensland's Sustainable Minerals Institute.