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Is this the end of the road for roads as we know them?

Road infrastructure has been vital to the way we live – and to the quarrying industry in particular. Now, as the Industrial Internet of Things ushers in a wave of innovative technologies, Anton Hartman explains that roads themselves will be transformed … Read more »
China’s Great Wall still stands intact today, thanks to a mortar mixture of sticky rice flour and slaked lime.

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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 »
Boral’s Giovanna Romeo (left) and Seertech Solutions’ Dylan Rowe receive awards from the Brandon Hall Group for their collaboration on the iLearning Plus suite for Boral employees across more than 430 sites nationally.

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Boral learning tool receives commendation

Boral has received an award for its use of specialist learning technology designed to improve capability and compliance and, ultimately, make workplaces safer. Read more »
New IQA CEO Kylie Fahey (second from right) with President Clayton Hill (far right) at the presentation of members' certificates at the Women in Quarrying conference in Perth on 26 October.

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New CEO spells out education vision

Kylie Fahey, the new IQA CEO, says she is focused on enhancing member engagement, and broadening access to education within the Institute and connectivity in the extractive industry. Read more »
The debate team were uproarious. L-R: Martin Reid, Clayton Hill, Jen Dainer, Keith George and Leanne Parker.

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Women in Quarrying conference full of ‘fizz’, verve

The 2018 SA Women in Quarrying Conference was a grand success – with a combination of personal and technical presentations, offset by bouts of good humour. Read more »
Adrian Hart, associate director, BIS Oxford Economics.

Education
Construction market trends: What does it mean for the quarrying, concrete and cement industries?

As eastern Australia enjoys an ‘infrastructure boom’, economist Adrian Hart discusses the capacity and capability challenges for the construction materials industry over the next five to 10 years. Read more »

Education
Shaping tomorrow: Robots, digital and virtual reality

Andrew Harris is an expert in disruptive innovation, with a keen interest in concepts such as the Internet of Things, robotics and automation, digital, augmented and virtual reality, and artificial intelligence. He discusses how these ideas will assist the construction materials industry. Read more »

Case Studies
Snowy 2.0: Transitioning to a decarbonised economy

Snowy 2.0 is a pumped hydro expansion of the iconic Snowy Hydro Scheme that could power up to 500,000 homes through a new network of tunnels and power stations. Snowy Hydro’s Gordon Wymer spoke to Quarry about the scheme ahead of his presentation at CMIC 18. Read more »
Boral chairman Kathryn Fagg is the keynote speaker.

Education
Kathryn Fagg: Time for courageous leadership

Ahead of her keynote address at CMIC 18, Boral’s chairman Kathryn Fagg spoke to Quarry about the challenges for the construction materials industry in a period of monumental change and disruption – and the need for courageous leadership in an ever-changing world. Read more »
Chris Riddell has always been interested in how humans are changing and adapting to high speed change.

Education
Tomorrow's world: What does the future hold?

Chris Riddell is a global futurist whose interests are in emerging trends in a hyper-connected world. In the run-up to CMIC 18, Chris discusses the benefits of technology in business practice and why construction materials companies should embrace the exciting opportunities ahead. Read more »
The first Responsible Mining Index report identifies areas in which large mining companies can improve. Image courtesy: <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/astrid/37929475034/" target="_blank">Astrid Westvang</a>

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Responsible Mining Index goes online

A report that details how some of the world’s largest companies meet environmental, social and economic expectations has been released. Read more »
The number of quarry professionals commencing courses in surface extraction operations rose 1.4 per cent.

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Increase in extractive industry apprentices, trainees

The latest insights into how apprentice and trainee activity is faring across Australia shows an increase in trade commencements. Read more »
A new report states the extractive industries need to continue focusing on gender gap initiatives.

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Gender equality progress mapped in new report

A new report challenges quarrying and mining employers to evaluate whether they are “leading, lagging or losing out” in workplace gender diversity progress. Read more »
Quarry operators are currently one of the most sought after skills, particularly in Victoria. Image courtesy: <a href="https://www.hays.com.au/mining/index.htm" target="_blank">Hays</a>

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Operators in hot demand, new report states

A shortage of machinery operators in Victoria is just one employment trend in the resources industry that is set to dominate the first half of 2018, a report by recruiting firm Hays suggests. Read more »

Editor's Desk
Stamping out negative attitudes, practices in the 'fair go' era

The IQA conference in Toowoomba in October highlighted the great strides that the IQA and the extractive industry is taking to encourage more women and young people into the sector. However, as Damian Christie remarks, there are still concerning signs that the safety of all workers risks being compromised so long as old, ingrained attitudes and lack of workplace flexibility linger. Read more »

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