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Editor's Desk
Are you prepared for the fourth industrial revolution?

The Internet of Things is becoming an all-pervasive part of business systems yet various industries seem unprepared for it - or understand how to use it. Damian Christie reflects on where the quarrying industry currently sits in relation to the IoT - fortunately it's not all that far behind, and it's not a platform to be feared or dismissed ... Read more »

President's Desk
Education pathways for workers in a demanding environment

With the quarrying industry competing for talent at a time when the current generation of the workforce is spoiled for choice, Clayton Hill outlines some of the IQA's initiatives for vocational and educational training - for new entrants and long-term industry members ... Read more »

Load & Haul
A holistic view of network connected quarry improvements

Under pressure to juggle productivity and improvements with cost-effectiveness and profitability, quarrying operators and managers are increasingly reliant on digital data capture and analytics tools via network-connected devices and web-based reporting to smoothly run their operations. Read more »

Heavy-duty dozer launched with machine control

Komatsu has released the D375Ai-8 “intelligent” dozer, the first heavy dozer incorporating the fully integrated intelligent Machine Control (iMC) system. Read more »

Load & Haul
What does tomorrow's construction fleet look like?

Subtle but significant changes are occurring in construction fleets - which will drive efficiency, safety and total cost of ownership. Read more »
Benedict Industries’ Geoff Johnston (left) and Rob Loiterton with the new Komatsu D475A-5EO bulldozer.

Case Studies
Bigger dozer's workload offsets operational costs

A homegrown operator has substantially increased productivity with the purchase of a larger dozer. Read more »
CJD personnel with members of family-owned Ravensthorpe Heavy Haulage during handover of the L260H.

Case Studies
Wheel loader boosts lithium production at WA mine

An earthmoving and haulage company is using a 35-tonne Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) wheel loader to assist with lithium production at Galaxy Resources mine in Ravensthorpe, Western Australia. Read more »

'Next generation' excavators, wheel loaders impress at trade show

A multinational manufacturer has launched a range of ‘next generation’ excavators and wheel loaders with new technologies and functionalities into the Australian market. Tim Robertson spoke to Caterpillar personnel about the benefits of these vehicles in the quarrying application. Read more »

Trial at 'emission-free quarry' declared an outstanding success

Having recorded encouraging results from a joint research project at Vikan Kross Quarry, near Gothenburg in Sweden, Volvo Construction Equipment has subsequently announced that all of its compact earthmoving machines produced from 2020 will feature electric engines. Read more »
With an operating weight of 90 tonnes, the R 976s are developed and produced at Liebherr-France SAS in Colmar, France.

Case Studies
Excavators prove their mettle in harsh African conditions

A pair of crawler excavators have demonstrated their reliability and economy in a South African coal mine. Read more »
The HD325-7 is equipped with an auto-braking system that allows the operator to set the downhill speed and travel at a constant pace.

Case Studies
Auto-braking system makes work easier, safer on steep downhill

The automatic engine braking system on Komatsu HD325-7 dump trucks is helping a New Zealand quarry safely and efficiently handle some of the steepest downhill haul roads in the business – even when fully loaded. Read more »
The TA400 is the largest articulated hauler that Terex Trucks manufactures. It weighs 10 tonnes more than the TA300.

Upgraded articulated hauler to roll into bauma 2019

Terex Trucks' recently updated TA300 articulated hauler will make its first international tradeshow appearance at bauma in Munich, Germany. Read more »
China’s Great Wall still stands intact today, thanks to a mortar mixture of sticky rice flour and slaked lime.

An ode to the ordinary

To achieve something today, it’s believed you have to think big and out of the ordinary. However, as Cecilia van der Merwe argues, innovations and solutions can be found in the tiniest and most mundane objects – and no thing can ever be considered “small” if it contributes to a greater whole. Read more »
While he spent a lot of time wearing black, Peter’s fashion sense could also be quite colourful!

Peter Barro: An enduring legacy

In late 2018 the extractive industry lost one of its stalwarts and advocates at a relatively young age. John Mitas reflects on the life, work and passion of Peter Barro. Read more »
A map of Siberia and Alaska showing Beringia as the tan areas. Image courtesy of the US National Park Service.

Beringia: The Siberia to Alaska 'bridge'

An inquiry from a secondary school student about the impact of geology on humans has prompted Bill Langer to revisit the theory behind ‘Beringia’, the supposed ‘land bridge’ between Siberia and Alaska … Read more »

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