A new Russian-Australian laboratory at St. Petersburg Mining University
A new educational and research laboratory of techniques and simulation of blasting operations has started work at St. Petersburg Mining University. Rector Vladimir Litvinenko, Ambassador of Australia to Russia Mr. Peter Tesch and ORICA Head of Marketing Europe, Africa & Asia Mr. Eden Paki attended the opening ceremony.
The project was implemented within the framework of a cooperation agreement between the university and ORICA. Its goal is to improve the training of mining engineers, develop research activities, and conduct professional refresher courses in the new laboratory for those working for vocation-related companies.
The new laboratory consists of a simulation and design classroom, as well as the specialized room of technology and blasting safety. The following unique equipment was provided by the Australian partners: state-of-the-art personal computers with installed software systems for explosion systems management, research and analysis of rocks based on video and photo images, a virtual training stand for training firemen for open cast mining, a model of a charging machine, showing the sequence and logical connection of the interaction of its blocks, and models of Exel primers.
Vladimir Litvinenko, Rector of St. Petersburg Mining University:
Today we are creating an environment so that the laboratory could be used not only as classrooms where students and graduate students are taught and research is carried out, but also professional career enhancement programs are developed. Creating a system of continuous education is vital to ensure that our mining companies use the best technology that will allow them to increase the effectiveness of the operations and reduce accident rate. I am sure that this laboratory will become an accreditation center, where staff will undergo training and experts in the field of blasting will acquire new knowledge.
Peter Tesch, Australian Ambassador to Russia:
I am pleased that an Australian company starts cooperation with the world leader in the field of science and education - St. Petersburg Mining University. ORICA is also the world leader in the production of explosives and blasting operations. Therefore, this partnership is a very important initiative for both parties. I am positive that it will be the foundation on which cooperation between Russia and Australia in other areas will be built.
Eden Paki, ORICA, Head of Marketing Europe, Africa & Asia:
St. Petersburg Mining University is known for its reputation in the scientific world. Besides, it supplies personnel for our company. Graduates of the university have been successfully working with us, demonstrating a high level of competence. The University has impressive facilities, which shows the intent for further development. Therefore, we had no doubt in choosing a partner, St. Petersburg Mining University is ideal for co-operation regarding the perfecting of education and research.
During the visit, timed to coincide with the opening of a new laboratory, Ambassador of Australia to Russia, Mr. Peter Tesch and ORICA Head of Marketing Europe, Africa & Asia Mr. Eden Paki were shown the University facilities and the unique collections of the Mining Museum. The guests also conducted negotiations with Rector Vladimir Litvinenko on the prospects of cooperation between universities, research groups, professional communities of Russia and the Green Continent.
ORICA is a public company whose shares are traded on the Australian Stock Exchange. For financial performance, the company is among the top 50 largest companies on the continent, one of the largest providers of commercial explosives and blasting systems to the mining and infrastructure markets. It operates in more than fifty countries worldwide and serves customers in more than a hundred. The volume of supplied bulk explosives reaches 4 million tons per year. In addition to the supply of products for blasting operations, ORICA is also a global leader in the provision of ground support in mining and tunneling.