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Alec Northover finalists Chris Cooke (left) and Simon Ashman (right) with AIQEF chairman David Cilento.

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Award recognises today's and tomorrow's brightest, best

The Alec Northover Training Award honours the achievements of quarrying professionals that undertake vocational education. The award’s 2017 finalists – Chris Cooke, Simon Ashman and Jolin Evans – discuss how further education has assisted them in the field. Read more »
The letterbox-like ERSS (centre) provides a significantly safer, more portable alternative in combating small fires on mobile crushing and screening plants.

Case Studies
“Smallest of quarries” devises innovative, award-winning solution

A small quarry operation run by a medium-sized Australian aggregate company has received one of the IQA’s highest honours after it devised an innovative solution to a critical safety dilemma. IQA member Daniel Reed discusses the evolution of the Emergency Response and Safety Station. Read more »
Hy-Tec’s maintenance team at Yarrabee Road Quarry.

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A better way to loosen the nut: Liner changes made simple

Changing liners on a static crusher has in the past been a hazardous manual task for quarry workers. It was therefore a shock for participatory ergonomics trainer Kylie Newton when she observed that some workers still perform physically demanding tasks that can result in serious, sometimes career-ending injuries. Fortunately, there was a viable solution … Read more »
Gary Bashford at the site of an active volcano in Antarctica.

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Gary Basford: Between two worlds

Gary Basford’s working life was almost equally divided between first the public service and then private enterprise. In doing so, Gary became a successful, respected representative of both spheres. Doug Prosser delves into the background of this Queensland Fellow. Read more »
Gour Sen: From “mutinous” youth to esteemed mining professor.

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A narrative of perserverance

Major Miner, by Gour Sen (ISBN 978-81-8274-618-3). Available to download on iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch with iBooks and iTunes. RRP $USD29.95. Read more »
Geoff West: Mumbo-jumbo or not, hard-bitten quarry people will react just like everyone else.

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Neuroplasticity in the quarry

Can the latest brain research be applied in a basic industry like quarrying? Geoff West argues that the application of neuroscience research leadership is as relevant to quarrying as it is to any other profession. Read more »
In her youth, Miriam went on a safari to the Olduvai Gorge, which is recognised by some as the “cradle of civilisation”.

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Miriam Watters: The Lass from Tanganyika

When Doug Prosser first approached Miriam Watters for an interview, her immediate reaction was surprise, peppered with modest protests that there were many others in the quarry industry more worthy and interesting. Yet, as Doug explains, Miriam is herself a woman with a very worldly story. Read more »
Don Reed at Hassans Wall Lookout, the highest lookout in the Blue Mountains at 1100m above sea level.

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Know your rock and travel: The Don Reed story

Don Reed is a well known figure in the quarrying industry. He has spent half of his career to date working for major companies and the other half as a consultant. Doug Prosser spoke to Don at length about his work in the extractive industry, which spans nearly 40 years and numerous continents. Read more »
Figure 1. John Floyd’s graph of suggested delay intervals between rows.  (In: Floyd J. Blast Dynamics: presentation. 2005.)

Case Studies
A Few Timing Concepts

Timing has long been considered the “dark art” of the blasting process, even with the advent of computer timing and blast design packages. Brent Buffham explains why timing in some cases is still a misunderstood aspect of the blasting process and how to address timing gaps. Read more »
The Victorian Department of Primary Industries claims that mineral sand production is set to expand

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VIC mineral sands industry to grow

The state of Victoria needs to market itself as a leading producer of mineral sands and as a viable destination for exploration, reversing perceptions that it had little to offer in terms of exploration, says one highly-placed department official. Read more »

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Little known hero

Beaconsfield is now forever embedded in Australia's mining history – a tale of triumph and tragedy. However, little has been recorded about the man whose skills were critical in rescuing the two survivors. Read more »


 

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