Denis Wagner, managing director of Toowoomba-based construction and logistics company Wagners, will be the keynote speaker at the upcoming Institute of Quarrying Australia (IQA) national conference, which will be held this week from 14 to 17 October in Adelaide.
Wagners has just completed a construction period for the first privately built and owned airport in Australia and the Brisbane West Wellcamp Airport, IQA general manager Paul Sutton said.
Wagner will share with our delegates the stories of building an airport from a grassed paddock in just 19 months and 11 days.Given the significant benefits the new airport offers the local region, it could be said that this year's keynote speaker embodies the 2015 conference theme: The Infrastructure Boom: Our Industry Building Communities.
According to the IQA, the theme reflects the positive outlook for quarrying in Australia. There will be a strong conference focus on the opportunities open to our industry during this challenging time, Sutton stated.
Over the three days of the conference speaker program, industry leaders and experts will broach a range of topics, including Australia's economic and infrastructure outlook, technology trends in international markets, and optimal plant design, among others.
The conference will also showcase, through live and static demonstrations, the latest innovations in quarrying practices and equipment during our site visit to the McLaren Vale quarry, Sutton added.
The educational speaker program will be complemented by several social networking events, hosted by major sponsors Hitachi, Komatsu and Caterpillar. The conference will conclude with an auction and brunch hosted by the Australian Institute of Quarrying Education Foundation.
For more information and to register, visit the conference website.