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The iMC antenna on the top of the cab excepted (inset), the PC210LCi-10 is largely indistinguishable in appearance from Komatsu’s standard excavator.

Load & Haul
Machine control promotes efficiency, accuracy

An international plant manufacturer has launched a new machine control system that focuses on the efficient movement of aggregates while potentially solving skills shortages in the extractive and construction industries. Damian Christie spoke to Komatsu Australia’s Aaron Marsh about the benefits of intelligent machine control. Subscription required. Read more »
Aggregate operators that apply best practices and next generation technology now will experience the long-term benefits of production efficiency, machine productivity and personal safety.

Conveying
Industry 4.0: What it means to the aggregates industry

The Industrial Internet of Things is being hailed as the next ‘industrial revolution’. But what is it – and how can it help producers now and into the future? Sören Schramm discusses the exciting possibilities for aggregate operations. Subscription required. Read more »

Tips & Advice
Assessing the “value at risk” of a quarry operation

When it comes to determining the net present value of a quarrying operation, it is recommended that valuers use an appropriate risk analysis tool. Shaun Berry and Darren Herdman explain why the Monte Carlo simulation model is highly recommended. Subscription required. Read more »
Cyber liability is extremely important for providing business interruption cover when businesses are attacked by ransomware. Without it, how long would it take your business to run again at 100 per cent efficiency?

Other Products
The risks hidden in plain sight

In society today, the need to use insurance is increasing, and the risks involved in quarrying exceed what’s happening in the foreground. Dale Mackney discusses the insurance policies of which we are less aware, but that are vital to the smooth running of any operation. Subscription required. Read more »
IQA members will visit the historic Welsh Slate Quarry (pictured a century ago) in Penrhyn, Wales, this month.

News
IQA study tour marks 100th anniversary

To mark the centenary anniversary of the Institute of Quarrying, an IQA delegation has embarked on a 12-day study tour of the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland. Read more »
Some of the event speakers (l-r): Amanda Croker, Linda Davidson, Wayne Scott, Leanne Parker, Megan Davis, Michelle Connelly and Paul Sutton.

News
Inaugural Women in Quarrying conference provides new insights

The inaugural Women in Quarrying Conference opened on 21 March at the Glen Hotel in Brisbane. Delegates arrived early in anticipation of the event, with some visitors hailing from as far away as New South Wales and Western Australia. Subscription required. Read more »
Some of the event speakers (l-r): Amanda Croker, Linda MacDonald, Wayne Scott, Leanne Parker, Megan Davis, Michelle Connelly and Paul Sutton.

News
Women in quarrying conference provides new insights

More than 85 women and men attended Brisbane’s Women in Quarrying (WIQ) conference, to promote and acknowledge women’s contributions to the aggregates industry. 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 »
The IQA tour gathered delegates from all over Australia to visit numerous supplier factories, including CDE headquarters.

News
Centenary study tour provides new insights

Following a tour of the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland to mark the centenary anniversary of the Institute of Quarrying, IQA delegates have hailed the tour a “great success”. Read more »
(L-R) John Stark (Wagners), Paul Sutton (IQA), André Henare and Gearoid Connolly (Wagners, André’s mentor) on-site at the Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport quarry.

Education
André Henare and Wagners: Linking university with industry

André Henare is a 20-year-old university student studying engineering at The University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba. By day, he is a barista at one of the best cafés in town. By night, he is a student struggling to decide the best course of action to ensure a happy and successful future. Subscription required. Read more »
The Newnes Junction Project will utilise rail transport for cartage of end product off-site.

News
Iconic sandstone quarries on the market

From this month, a sandstone quarry in Queensland is set to go under the hammer while expressions of interest are sought for investment in one of New South Wales’ largest sand mining projects. Read more »
Drill and blast specialists are currently one of Australia’s most sought after skills.

News
Report highlights Australia’s skills trends

Geologists, drill and blast specialists and metallurgists are three of the skills in hot demand this quarter, according to a new report by recruiting firm Hays. Read more »

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