Date Posted: 21 November 2016
Strong economic development in South East Asia and India will underpin global coal demand, which is set to return to 2014 levels in the next four years, paving the way for Australia to increase its share of global trade.
Citing the World Energy Outlook (WEO) 2016 report by the International Energy Agency (IEA), the Minerals Council of Australia (MCA) said on Thursday that demand for coal in Asia would grow at 0.8% a year, with Indian demand for coal growing at 3.6% a year and Southeast Asia at 4.4% a year.
MCA CEO Brendan Pearson said the WEO confirmed the role that Australian coal would continue to play in providing baseload electricity for fast-developing Asian natio...
Date Posted: 25 September 2016
An Adelaide start-up is aiming to rouse a new manufacturing industry in South Australia while helping force down carbon emissions and, ultimately, re-employing hundreds of skilled workers from Holden.
Engineer Michael Smyth has spent his career developing specialised vehicles to solve problems.
During the late 1990s, his innovations in mining trucks helped substantially speed up the delivery of explosives – improving the efficiency of operations during the mining boom.
In his later work with Defence, he developed new technologies for armoured vehicles to protect soldiers during Australia’s deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan.
Now, Smyth is leading A...
Date Posted: 12 September 2016
Somewhere off the coast of Tasmania lies a small sensor. Its job is to measure the water level, salinity and temperature of the surrounding ocean. It sits faithfully in the cold, transmitting its readings into the cloud. But it isn't alone. There are many others like it, also transmitting their findings, creating a vast set of data.
Oysters are filter feeders - they pick up whatever is carried by the water in which they live. So if heavy rainfall brings too many toxins, they end up in the oysters, which are rendered unfit for consumption by humans. This costs the industry AU$34 million a year.
The network of sensors provides data which, in real time, m...
Date Posted: 5 September 2016
CNH Industrial revealed its concept for a self-driving tractor that farmers control via tablet or computer.
CNH Industrial unveiled an autonomous tractor concept at the 2016 Farm Progress Show in Iowa during the last week of August. Theses self-driving tractors would be able to work around the clock while also providing real-time data monitoring. Farmers would program the tractors to accomplish specific tasks. Then, instead of sweating in the fields, they could tend to livestock or even sit in an air-conditioned office and monitor the tractors from a tablet or computer....
Date Posted: 1 August 2016
Robots and computer automation will transform Australia's job sector within two decades if developments in the United States are anything to go by, says a visiting expert from Oxford University.
Associate Professor Michael Osbourne is in Brisbane this week to speak to students at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) about the future of work.
Professor Osbourne specialises in machine learning and is the co-author of a study published last month that concludes 47 per cent of jobs in the US were at high risk of being replaced by automation within a generation.
"Increasingly, algorithms are able to perform not just routine manual labour ...
Date Posted: 3 July 2016
Despite indications the poll would be close, the London financial community has been dumbfounded by the decision of a majority of British voters to leave the European Union (EU).
However, advocates of the ‘Remain Case’ were not dumbstruck. They hit out at the result by blaming excessive populism by the ‘Leave Case’ and excessive ignorance by the voters. Yet they ignored the genuine concerns of a majority of voters, in particular in regional parts of the UK, beyond Westminster and London.
Despite the initial market panic, the leaders of the successful ‘Leave’ campaign...
Author: Nigel Rowland Date Posted: 15 February 2016
Enclosures house and protect electronic and electrical components from the environment or from accidental contact. With an almost limitless variety of enclosures to choose from, this article will help guide you in the selection process to find the right enclosure for your application. Here are a few things you will need to consider.
What kind of environment does your enclosure need to withstand?
This is the most important question and will determine the longevity of your enclosure. Is there rain, salt water, and dust or wind storms. This will determine the IP Rating for the enclosure.