Introduction to CRC ORE

Image CRC ORE was an Australian not for profit organisation funded by the global minerals industryCompanies associated with exploration, development, operation, sale or associated sub-components. and Australian Federal Government. It was a cooperative research centre (CRC) responsible for furthering research to optimise resource extraction (ORE). The organisation’s key objective was to ensure that it delivers significant economic, environmental and social benefits to Australia. CRC ORE aims to transform the minerals sector by deploying innovative world-class technology to effect a step change in value across the whole-of-mine system. It assisted to ‘Optimise Resource Extraction’ through site implementation of innovative technology and applied research to improve overall productivity.

Its prime directive was to identify and implement innovative solutions that can improve operational value and reverse the marked trend of declining productivity over the last decade. CRCORE achieved this through applied innovation, technology development and technology transfer focus rather than undertaking fundamental research. This was based on the view that there is abundant existing and latent technology already available which had not been integrated on mining sites or could be accessed from other sectors.

CRC ORE was focused on radically improving the productivity, energy and water signatures of our mining operations. It was also dedicated to reversing the ‘conventional wisdom’ of grade decline through new gangue rejection techniques. CRC ORE research projects investigated all elements of the mining process, seeking opportunities to optimise the system through better understanding of the processes and the synergies between processes. This included ore body characterisation, geometallurgy, blasting, comminution, mine planning and economic evaluation.

CRC ORE commenced in mid-2010 and after its initial 5-year funding term, was awarded a further 6-years of funding until July 2021. CRC ORE achieved support of over $160m in investment to achieve critical mass and capacity. This includes $34.4m in federal funding, with the remaining investment through Mining Companies, Mining Engineering Technology Suppliers (METS) and Research participants.


In November 2020, global multidisciplinary management, engineering and development consultancy Hatch was awarded an exclusive licence to commercialise Grade Engineering® Consulting Services.

For all enquiries regarding Grade Engineering consulting services, please contact Hugh Sherman, Process Engineer, Mining and Minerals Processing, Hatch: hugh.sherman@hatch.com 

Participants: Mining Companies, Mining Engineering Technology Suppliers (METS), Research Organisations, METS Associates

CRC ORE: Staff, Students


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