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The John de Laeter Centre provides quantitative data used to understand processes of Earth and planetary evolution, characterise the nature of resources and materials upon which our society depends, and monitor our changing environment.The Centre is open to collaborative research projects, non-collaborative access to the equipment by qualified users for research purposes, and commercial services.Special thanks goes to Petrina Beeton who organised the venue, catering and parking.With the success of this function it is anticipated further workshops on automated mineralogy will be held on an annual basis.Dr Mark Aylmore, recently appointed to take on the role of Applied Mineralogist in the Jd LC, chaired the workshop that included presentations from: • Dr Kamran Khajehpour (AXT), who gave an overview of automated mineralogy and supported by Esben Kjaer (Struers) who gave a brief overview on sample preparation techniques.• Prof Brent Mc Innes (Curtin Jd LC), who demonstrated the applications of the TIMA to Archeology, Petrology, Geochemical Mapping, and the Characterisation of Mineral & Petroleum Systems.However, the record of Precambrian impacts is poorly constrained due to the dynamic nature of plate tectonics, erosion and deposition of younger rocks, which may destroy or cover the evidence of ancient impacts. After delivering a presentation on their recently completed Digital Mineralogy Library project, the Jd LC hosts invited their visitors to offer feedback and discuss opportunities for new projects to further assist researchers in managing and disseminating high-value geochemistry datasets.

November to demonstrate the application and benefits of automated mineralogy to the minerals industry and academic research.

• Kellie Jones (Northparkes Mines), who discussed the application of the TIMA to mining and mineral processing at the Northparkes Cu-Au operation.

• Marek Dosbaba (Tescan Orsay Holding), who reviewed the workflow of the TIMA software.

The MMF is involved in the creation of the Digital Mineralogy Hub facility which is using cutting-edge scanning electron microscope technology to construct a mineralogical and geodata library for the Australian continent. We are currently involved in an exciting new project with CSIRO and UWA called the Advanced Resource Characterisation Facility which will bring new atom probe and ion beam technology to Western Australia.

The first major facility being developed under the auspices of the National Resource Sciences Precinct (NRSP) was announced by the Australian Government, in August.

See poster for more about Digital Mineralogy Library. This equates to almost 65% of Australia’s national output, with minerals being Australia’s major export earner.

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