Operational Overview

Mining and Bulk Handling

BMT's innovative analytical approach helps mining and bulk handling operators overcome the complex challenges they face.


Lower commodity prices and reduced capital project expenditure saw demand for engineering services in Australia reduce.


However, our innovative approach and ability to add value for our customers provided some insulation from tough market conditions. Our ability to cover all engineering disciplines from mechanical, electrical, and structural to controls and automation, helped to diversify our exposure. By offering services aimed at reducing costs and improving safety and efficiency we were able to help customers even in difficult market conditions.


Innovation was again a key element of our success, with the groundbreaking Active Barrier prototype system – developed in conjunction with SkillPro and aimed at suppressing coal dust explosions – reaching further milestones and being recognised at the Australian Coal Association Research Program's (ACARP) biennial awards ceremony.


An ingenious scheme to improve dramatically the fatigue performance of cluster joints on dragline boom designs also commenced development during the year. This has the potential to significantly improve dragline boom structural reliability as well reduce maintenance costs for mines operating certain kinds of draglines.


Outlook

With current mixed pressures on energy and commodity ore prices some parts of our mining related business will be challenged in the near-term. The short-term focus of mining operations has shifted from capital expansion to productivity and throughput; and it is these areas we will focus on. We will continue to carefully monitor our operations to ensure we limit exposure to the weaker sectors of the market.


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    BMT was recognised at the Australian Coal Association Research Program's (ACARP) biennial awards ceremony for the groundbreaking Active Barrier prototype system, which aims to improve safety by suppressing coal dust explosions
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    BMT provided the project management, technical input and design supervision for the Carmichael/Abbott Point project in Australia, the largest contributor to coal exports in the country.
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