The advantage of company-led conferencing for productivity improvement and team-building

The University of Newcastle Research Associates (TUNRA) is driven by our core commitment to advancing industry through our provision of access to the latest researched solutions to industry issues. We leverage the research outputs of the University of Newcastle (UON) for the benefit of our commercial and industrial clients. We have been hosting conferences, seminars, and workshops, lead by subject matter experts including globally-recognised academic leaders, for more than 40 years.

By using an organisation-led format, company’s can provide teams with equitable exposure to the latest in technology, applied research and innovations that can improve a company’s production-line, performance, and safety. TUNRA conducts in-house training sessions and conferences that are designed to directly address industry needs and no two programs are ever the same. Our courses, presentations, and workshops can be developed according to the specific issues being faced by the company.

Our most recent offering was a collaborative learning and team conference day, hosted for resources company, Glencore at the UON Upper Hunter Tertiary Training Centre in Muswellbrook in September. In the lead-up to the Glencore conference TUNRA Bulk Solids Manager, Dr Tim Donohue worked closely with the Glencore team to identify their requirements and outcomes; how their time would be best spent with the TUNRA Bulk Solids consultants and engineers to best address service and productivity issues experienced on the ground. TUNRA’s research links to UON gives us a distinct advantage in formatting industry-leading education sessions.

The Glencore Conference included a keynote address from coal-mining industry thought leader, Professor Alan Broadfoot, Executive Director of Newcastle Institute for Energy and Resources (NIER). The agenda included presentations and workshops on a number of critical mining production-line issues such as:

  • Current materials handling issues
  • Material property investigations
  • Principles of mass flow, funnel flow and cohesive arching
  • Optimal wear liner selection for flow, minimal wear and minimal adhesion
  • Recent advancements in belt conveying
  • Opportunities for industry insight into future research priorities to continue to address global mining and processing issues.

RECAP: The commercial and industrial benefits of in-service training and tailored conferences include:

  • Consistent transfer of information regarding new technologies and research across the entire team
  • Opportunities to workshop performance fixes in real-time with experts on hand to provide advice and direction for resolution
  • Where more complex issues are presented, details can be discussed and distilled with a view to undertaking additional research into solutions, leveraging both TUNRA and UON research expertise
  • Strong value in that conferencing and in-services incur a set fee for a group of attendees, based on capacity and content required.

Your company might benefit from a tailored conference and team-building day. Get in touch to discuss your needs and how we can accommodate them.

The TUNRA Bulk Solids Engineering Team
Tailored workshop and in-service conferences for your whole team under one roof. An efficient way to upskill and expose your group to the latest research and industry innovations


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