New software that could significantly reduce mining maintenance costs has won the overall prize at the 2016 Curtin Commercial Innovation Awards. Its inventors, Associate Professor Ryan Loxton, Dr Reza Parand, Dr Yufei Sun, Mr Chongyi Liu and Mr Praveen Jayakumari were awarded $15,000 cash and $3,000 in IP services from Griffith Hack patent attorneys.
Associate Professor Loxton explained the software’s algorithm-based approach.
“Scheduling shutdowns is currently a time-consuming, manual process. These algorithms take just seconds to run and consider a range of factors such as activity workflow, plant access restrictions, safety regulations, and personnel and equipment availability with the aim of creating an optimal schedule that minimises maintenance downtime.”
The Curtin Commercial Innovation Awards recognise the work of Curtin researchers who have developed innovative technologies with real commercial potential.
Also in the winners’ circle were a cancer breakthrough related to natural protein; wireless earbud technology for digital audio; 3D digital reconstruction of wartime shipwrecks; biometric monitoring for market research; a novel approach to prolong the life of fruit and vegetables; and a ‘virtual home visits’ simulation to train health professionals.