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Educating, connecting our extractive industry

Strategic planning is critical for the success of any organisation, including not-for-profit organisations like the IQA, according to John Mitas.  Read more >>
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A permeable paver demonstration, in Austin’s Ferry, Tasmania. Image courtesy: JJ Harrison.

Geology
Aggregate and the environment

Some fortuitous breakfast conversation, courtesy of his wife Pam, has Bill Langer now chomping at the bit (in horseracing parlance!) to vent about the benefits of aggregate for the environment … Read more >>
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Editor's Desk
Mill stalemate suggests it’s time to rein in the bureaucrats

It seems easily forgotten that Australia was born off the proverbial ‘sheep’s back’, Damian Christie discovers. Read more >>
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Editor's Desk
Pedal-powered innovation opens the mind to other possibilities

The quarrying and sailing spheres are literally worlds apart - yet as Damian Christie explains, bold ideas in one shouldn't discount creativity or innovation in the other ... Read more >>
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President's Desk
Promoting “green” quarrying practices

For the quarrying industry to maintain its social licence, demonstrating its green credentials is vital, John Mitas argues. Read more >>
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Just your average, common or garden, boring quarry pit … Bill Langer begs to differ!

Geology
Is your quarry an unappreciated geologic wonderland?

From the Škocjan Caves to the Mendenhall Glacier, from the Egerszalók Travertine to our very own Glass Mountains, Bill Langer has discussed some fascinating geological wonders in the past 12 months. Now he turns his attention to one last wonder – and it may actually be in your own backyard … Read more >>
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The disused quarry site lies underneath the city of Paris. Image courtesy: The Guardian.

News
New life in ‘dead’ underground quarries

According to reports, 300km of underground tunnels and disused quarries could play a significant role in Paris’s re-development plans. Read more >>
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Editor's Desk
Will 2017 be the “crunch” year for construction activity?

Although there are some signs 2017 is 'crunch time' for the industry, Damian Christie says stakeholders need to get on board.  Read more >>
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President's Desk
The year ahead and beyond

IQA President John Mitas encourages the industry to look into the Institute's professional development programs in the new year.  Read more >>
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A view of the Milky Way towards the constellation Sagittarius (including the galactic centre), as seen from the Black Rock Desert, Nevada. Image courtesy: Steve Jurvetson.

Geology
The Milky Way: A galactic wonder

After charting many of the world’s geological curiosities in the past year, Bill Langer turns his attention this month to the heavens – and heartily recommends you get out into the great outdoors this summer … Read more >>
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Editor's Desk
Trump upset victory not a defeat for Aussie innovation

CMIC16 considered possible futures where knowledge work is digitised and automation replaces traditional labour. Damian Christie reflects on how such changes will impact the extractive industry in years to come, and why Australia, in the aftermath of the US presidential election, shouldn't turn its back on innovation. Read more >>
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John Mitas

President's Desk
CMIC16 a great success

President John Mitas reflects on the success of this years' Construction Materials Industry Conference (CMIC) in Melbourne. Read more >>
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