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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 »
China’s Great Wall still stands intact today, thanks to a mortar mixture of sticky rice flour and slaked lime.

HR
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 »

Drill & Blast
To the power of six: Promoting a team-oriented approach to drilling, blasting

Anthony Konya discusses a steady management approach to drill and blast that encourages employee buy-in and a dedication to improved techniques and efficiency. This can assist operators with reducing expenses and achieving better fragmentation. Read more »

Drill & Blast
How fragmentation analysis can assist in blasting

Predicative models, photogrammetric techniques are proving vital to the optimisation of extractive operations. Read more »
Conveyor belt covers can minimise belt mistracking problems and reduce instances of injury to workers.

Conveying
Cover up: Dust covers, guards protect people, environment

In an age when quarries are being closely monitored for their dust and noise emissions, and attention to safety, Neil Kinder argues it is only logical that operations should consider dust covers for their conveyors. Read more »

Education
Assessing operational risk for market value purposes

Assessing a quarry’s operational risk is a key aspect of determining the market value of the operating business or its geological resource as an asset. Chartered surveyors Shaun Barry and Darren Herdman explain. Read more »

Education
The NEG: is it a viable energy policy?

It’s the policy that figuratively ended the career of another Prime Minister. But what was the National Energy Guarantee? Dr Kerry Schott spoke to Damian Christie about what the NEG could mean for the extractive industry. Read more »
Expert screening performance assessments are designed to partially address the regular problem of pegging in screen media.

Maintenance
Improving screening performance, productivity

On-site screening performance assessments are designed to help producers increase plant uptime, screening performance and productivity. Read more »
An Austroads study has recommended non-standard materials be used for rural roads.

News
Alternative materials for rural road construction

Road traffic peak body Austroads has published a report on the use of non-standard materials for rural roads. These alternative materials could lower pressures on the supply of virgin aggregate.
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According to the The Mining Matrix, the image of mining is one of the four core trends that can help restore pride in the industry.

News
Report urges mining to ditch its ‘dirty’ image

A think tank has called for the overhauling of the ‘dirty image’ in mining – and by extension quarrying – as a way out of the social impasse that is stifling growth and productivity. Read more »

Case Studies
The Digital Quarry: An integrated technical approach

Is a 20 per cent overall productivity improvement possible in a quarry, and if so how could it be brought about? Steve Franklin outlines how a Queensland quarry operation successfully implemented a series of technological advances that dramatically raised its productivity. Read more »
Natasha Reifschneider (left) in the field.

Case Studies
Pre-empting the challenges of the dual approvals process

In Victoria, and other jurisdictions around Australia, there is a dual approvals process that quarries must satisfy before they can begin works. Natasha Reifschneider explains how operators can pre-empt delays and mitigate the unnecessary duplication that can arise in council consent conditions. Read more »

Conveying
Minimising conveyor wear, damage and noise

How to ensure your conveyors remain in productive, working order without disrupting your neighbours - and without compromising your operation. Read more »

Screens & Feeders
Optimising screening performance through screen media design

The efficiency of screening processes is influenced by the choice of suitable screen media. The key to optimisation is the individual, process-orientated set-up of the screen media. Suppliers can offer this advice through a screen performance assessment and technical support. Read more »

Screens & Feeders
Feeders ensure continuous pre-crushed sandstone flow

How two heavy-duty vibratory feeders are quickly moving crushed sandstone out of an extractive operation. Read more »

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