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The Barro Group has applied to extract more than one million tonnes of rock a year from Burrum Quarry on the Sunshine Coast. Image courtesy: Sunshine Coast Daily.

State-owned quarry awaits decision on expansion

A quarry owned and operated by the state of Queensland for more than 40 years has handed over the operational reigns to a local company that has requested permission to expand operations. Read more »
Mining company Adani has secured land to build multiple quarries leading up to its Carmichael coal mine project.

International mining company secures land for multiple quarries

Multinational miner Adani has recently secured land to develop up to six quarries that could provide construction materials for infrastructure at its central Queensland Carmichael mine and rail project. Read more »
Bowers Quarry is located in England’s southern coast and will host a monument dedicated to biodiversity. Image courtesy: Albion Stone.

Tourist attraction to open on active site

More than a decade after being approved, an innovative tourist monument is set to open at a stone quarry and mine site in 2020. Read more »
The idle Bridge Street Quarry is the site of the proposed Quarry Gardens in Toowoomba.

Quarry Gardens plan revived after decade in wilderness

Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has committed $250,000 towards a feasibility study to transform an idle quarry on the outskirts of Toowoomba into first-class parkland. Read more »
Figure 1. A drone’s-eye view of Winstone Aggregates’ Flatop Quarry, in Auckland, New Zealand.

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SmartConstruction in practice

The Komatsu SmartConstruction program unifies multiple technology platforms to provide customers with integrated product, service and support solutions across the life of a project. Aaron Marsh discusses some of the initial work done in the field. Subscription required. Read more »
Jenny Krasny (pictured in a session with Hastings Deering personnel) says her role is to foster a teaching environment for customers where opinions are valued and where every person feels their efforts are recognised and make a difference.

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The impact of cultural stigmas on safety

Jenny Krasny will be highlighting the cultural stigmas that exist in the workplace, how they affect organisations striving for zero incidents, and strategies for an effective culture of risk minimisation. Ahead of her presentation, Jenny kindly shares some of her insights. Subscription required. Read more »
Breakers operating at several hundred blows per minute can release energy of more than 10,000 joules.

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No mercy for oversize rocks

Glen Macdiarmid will present on how hydraulic breakers using variable speed technology can have significant cost savings on operators’ plant and equipment. Ahead of his presentation, he outlines the productivity gains for operators that use breakers on fractured and semi-fractured rock. Subscription required. Read more »

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Supplier offers innovation award for IQA members

IQA member has the opportunity to win a $5000 international study tour at the 2017 IQA Awards. The Trimble Loadrite Innovation Award will recognise an individual’s contribution to excellence and innovation in the quarrying industry. Subscription required. Read more »
Komatsu personnel recently undertook remote pilot licence training. From left: Ken Suzuki, Scott Jamieson, Ramesh Muruganandan, Aaron Marsh, Ralph Goad and Bart Genson.

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Earthmoving supplier takes an aerial view of site surveying

Six Komatsu Australia in-house pilots recently received their “wings” as certified drone operators, allowing them to provide aerial site surveying services over ground-based alternatives. Subscription required. Read more »
Komatsu’s Skycatch high precision drones are an economical alternative to ground-based surveys.

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Kiwi contractor, quarry benefit from complimentary drone survey

C&R Developments is a civil earthworks and bulk earthmoving contractor in Cambridge, in Waikato, New Zealand. Subscription required. Read more »
The PC210LCi-10’s longer undercarriage and heavier counterweight improves stability for the operator.

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Safety, productivity gains delivered by 'smart' excavator

The contractor using New Zealand’s first Komatsu Intelligent Machine Control (iMC) excavator is finding its fully integrated system is delivering significant productivity, safety and cost-saving benefits – even when compared with “bolt-on” GPS-based excavator indicate systems. Subscription required. Read more »

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Marketing lessons for the extractive industry

Sand and stone may be the ‘life blood’ of the Australian aggregates industry but the ways and means that these products are marketed to customers can be vital for growing enterprises. Aaron Savage and Ben Yong discuss some of the fundamental methods that are being ignored. Subscription required. Read more »


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