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From right: Chris Hemsworth, Taika Waititi and Tessa Thompson at Oxenford Quarry.

Quarry’s cameo in comic book film

A quarry in Australia has been used to film scenes for the third film in Marvel Studio’s Thor franchise. Read more »
GAIN delegates paid a visit to Lafarge’s Tygerberg quarry in the Western Cape, South Arica.

Global aggregates industry under the spotlight

A recent meeting of the best and brightest of international extractive industry associations in South Africa has painted a positive picture for the global aggregates sector. Read more »
The area inside red lines by land survey, the outside red lines by aerial survey.

Case Studies
Surveying techniques on show at Gippsland quarries

There are many different techniques that a surveyor may use to provide spatial data solutions for quarries. Several different surveying methodologies were employed on a project at two quarry sites in Tyers, Victoria earlier this year. Erik Birzulis reports. Read more »
In June this year, Landair Surveys measured stockpile volumes at a Brooklyn quarry.

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Survey technology for volume determination

Recently there has been much discussion about new technologies for mapping and volume determination on quarry sites but how good are these technologies? Erik Birzulis explains the results of research his company conducted to test various technologies to determine stockpile volumes. Read more »
Aerial surveying using an RPAS offers reduced turnaround times, reduced cost, flexibility of scheduling and, in many applications, comparable quality and accuracy to manned aircraft surveys.

Aerial surveying: taking a bird’s eye view

The earliest surveyors looked to the sun and stars to obtain latitude, longitude and orientation, and today modern surveying is once again taking to the skies. Clayton Hill explains how aerial surveying can be more accurate, cost-effective and time-efficient for quarry operations. Read more »
Doug Prosser at the Pushkar Camel Fair in Rajasthan, India.

Doug Prosser: A humble man doing extraordinary things

Over the years Doug Prosser has written for Quarry about many talented individuals in the quarry industry. When he was invited to tell his own story, Doug himself was a reluctant participant – much like the subjects of his interviews. However, at the urging of IQA members, Doug has finally relented – and here is his story, as told to Jim Hankins. Read more »
Lake Illawarra covers a catchment area of 238km2.

The Conservation of Lake Illawara

Lake Illawarra is situated on the NSW south coast, within the Wollongong and Shellharbour local government areas. Read more »
Richard Sharp’s grandfather William Sharp working on one of New Zealand’s early roads, circa 1866.

Family’s quarrying history runs in the blood

There are some families in the quarry industry whose history runs deep. For one family, its involvement spans two growing countries and more than 100 years. Richard Sharp spoke to Mandy Parry-Jones about his family’s contribution to quarrying and the development of the industry in that time. Read more »
Innovation has been the biggest factor in productivity improvements for the Australian oil and gas industry.

Raising productivity: What’s the solution?

Business and industry groups have long lamented Australia’s declining productivity performance. As John Steen argues, the key to restoring productivity is improvising and innovating. Read more »
The Great Hall at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Brisbane the perfect stage for building productivity

Next month, the Australian construction materials industry will convene in Brisbane for the biennial Construction Materials Industry Conference – CMIC14. Read more »
A young Danny in field dress in (to quote Danny) “a not so regimental pose” at the Officer Cadet School in Portsea, Victoria.

Danny Duke: From serviceman to quarryman

Danny Duke is an ever popular member of the quarrying industry and has left an indelible mark on the IQA over many years. He spoke with Doug Prosser about how he found his way into the industry and how the military mindset is just as applicable to quarrying as it is to the Army. Read more »
Portable plant set-up in the past was a cumbersome, time-consuming operation.

Ensuring quick, safe and easy mobile plant set-up

The beauty of mobile crushing and screening plant, versus its static cousins, is that it is easily transportable, whether that be closer to the face or elsewhere in the pit – or even to another pit entirely. Three US-based plant experts give their thoughts on how you should move your equipment quickly, safely and efficiently. Read more »


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