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A “mum and dad” operation that provides a truckload of bank-run sand and gravel to a customer may not care about aggregate reserves – but a buyer for the same site would want to thoroughly understand them.

Geology Talk
How much are your reserves worth?

A mere 18 years after he wrote a column for this publication about the geologist’s role in the valuation of aggregate reserves, Bill Langer now revisits the topic and re-evaluates … Read more »

President's Desk
Innovative initiatives for growing the membership

Clayton Hill discusses some of the initiatives being proposed to meet the IQA's ambitious 2019 membership target and shares good news about the Australian Academy of Quarrying. Read more »

Editor's Desk
Infrastructure development: A small price to pay

When it comes to upgrading congested and ageing infrastructure, Damian Christie talks about the things most people take for granted - the importance of quarries and construction materials. Read more »

Global aggregates production: 1998-2017

Nineteen years to the month that he began his long association with this publication, Bill Langer reflects on the performance of global aggregate production in this period – and how it was impacted by the global downturn of the past decade. Read more »
Sarah Bellman says she always had a passion for big machines and the great outdoors.

Soap Box
Sarah Bellman: Striving for sustainable, exciting, innovative work environments

Sarah Bellman joined the extractive industry in 2007 as a graduate management trainee at Hanson Construction Materials. Now, as Hanson’s quarry operations manager for South Australia, Sarah shares her insights of the industry. Read more »

President's Desk
New year's resolutions and the value of membership

Clayton Hill shares his new year's resolution and explains the value of membership in hopes of encouraging others to join and realise the advantages of being a member of the IQA. Read more »

Editor's Desk
New infrastructure wave highlights industry challenges

Damian Christie talks about the prevailing economic conditions and what they mean for the aggregates industry in the next 12 months. Read more »
The surface of Abu Dhabi’s Yas Marina Circuit for its F1 Grand Prix derives from the same greywacke aggregate being studied to understand how life could occur on other planets.

Formula One aggregates point to life on Mars

Rocks that originated from a quarry in England’s south-west are currently being studied to help scientists understand how life could occur on other planets. Read more »
Quarries, such as this pit in Tamil Nadu, India, can be suitable storage places for city water supplies.

In my back yard - please!

This year Bill Langer has discussed some of the environmentally friendly uses of aggregate. This month he describes sustainable options for the use of the voids left behind after gravel is mined ... Read more »

Soap Box
Cathy Giblin: On the road less travelled

Cathy Giblin is co-ordinator of the IQA’s Women in Quarrying (WIQ) network in South Australia. She recalls life before quarrying, her enthusiasm for the environment, her diverse experiences in the industry and what the WIQ means for her. Read more »

President's Desk
Growing, enhancing the Institute and its people

Clayton Hill wholeheartedly embraces this opportunity and expresses how he feels to be the new president of IQA. Read more »

Editor's Desk
What the Dickens does quarrying have to do with Christmas?

Damian Christie discusses the importance of quarrying/geology and cites links related to this coming holiday season and new year. Read more »


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