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'Mohr' muscle, fragmentation, less emissions in Braeside trials

Blast trials at a southern Queensland quarry have delivered encouraging results for a potentially safer, environmentally friendlier explosive. Braeside Quarries owner Joanne Payne discusses the possible benefits of the award-winning crumbed rubber product for the extractive industry. Read more »
A blast at a Boral quarry in Victoria was recently described as a minor earthquake.

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Routine quarry blast mistaken for earthquake

A controlled blast at a basalt quarry in Ballarat, Victoria was recently mistaken for an earthquake by federal body Geoscience Australia. Read more »
Paul Wostov believes his technology could bore 10 times deeper than traditional drills. Image courtesy: Paul Rivenberg.

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This is not a drill: new tech “melts” rock

New technology that bores holes in rock by melting or vaporising it could one day provide an alternative to traditional drilling, according to researchers. Read more »
Ausrocks can help quarry operators with quarry design and geotechnical assessments.

Drill & Blast
Geotechnical surveys help with quarry design

Ausrocks provides specialised consultancy services to meet the changing needs of the quarrying, mining and tunnelling industries. Read more »
A chainsaw blade tipped with diamond cutting segments is one of the tools used to quarry Portland dimension stone. Image courtesy: <em>Dorset Echo.</em>

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Urban encroachment doesn’t stop quarry

An innovative underground quarry operation has allowed valuable dimension stone to be extracted while urban life continues above. Read more »
The new library features a drill core viewing area.

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New rock drill core library opens

A newly constructed, state of the art facility will soon provide access to more than 100 years of geological information. Read more »
Blasted rock at Boral Deer Park Quarry. Note finer material in worked face on left compared with coarser “crust” on right.

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Fragmentation analysis opens way for new plant design

A quarry plant replacement project in Melbourne’s western suburbs has cleared its first hurdle thanks to a proprietary fragmentation analysis software program developed by a blasting specialist. Graham Gordon reports. Read more »
USG’s Plaster City gypsum quarry was selected as the site of the Planetary Deep Drill’s first field tests.

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Space drill tested at gypsum quarry

A gypsum quarry has been used to test a prototype space drill that scientists hope will one day reveal the sub-surface secrets of other planets. Read more »
A stress magnitude of up to 20 MPa can be applied on a 100mm cube sample with the TTSC.

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Uni unveils hard rock drilling simulator

A new high speed drilling simulator is offering modelling and testing for drilling practices. Read more »
Prototypes for space use have been built based on a Cat 287 C skid steer loader.

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Caterpillar joins the space race

The reality of mining on asteroids is growing, with Caterpillar teaming up with NASA to develop it. Read more »
Blasting at Hutchison Quarries has been monitored, says manager Scott Hutchison.

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Quarry operator denies expansion will impact dam

Reports that blasting from a proposed quarry expansion next to Leslie Dam in southeast Queensland could damage the dam wall are an over-reaction, according to the quarry operator. Read more »
A new blast management plan is available.

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New template launched for blast management plans

WorkSafe Victoria has released a blast management plan template to assist shot firers to meet safety obligations as set out in the Dangerous Goods Regulations 2011 (Vic). Read more »


 

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