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Lam Tei Quarry is the last active site in Hong Kong.

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Study tour provides new insights into sustainability, repurposing

In 2017 Stephen Raines received the IQA’s Excellence in Innovation Award. This entitled him to further his professional development abroad. Raines recalls the highlights of his study tour earlier this year – from the last working site in Hong Kong to Shanghai’s ‘groundscraper’ hotel. Read more »
Pope Francis brought a message of hope for many of the impoverished workers of a stone quarry in the Madagascar capital.

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Pope conducts mass in Madagascar quarry

A vast granite pit above the capital of Madagascar has become a beacon of hope for many of that nation’s impoverished population, after an unlikely visit from Pope Francis. Read more »
Boral Limited has announced its full year financial results for 2019.

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Boral braces for headwinds before infrastructure boom

Boral Limited has warned a lethargic residential construction market will impact profits in the coming year but it is poised to capitalise on an infrastructure boom beyond mid-2020. Read more »
Australia Square was the tallest reinforced concrete structure in the world when it was conceived by Harry Seidler in 1967.

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Nation’s top 10 public concrete buildings unveiled

Australia’s most important and distinctive concrete architectural landmarks have been revealed to mark the 90th anniversary since the inception of the CCAA. Read more »

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‘The future of quarrying’ – it’s in your hands!

A combination of instructive and motivating presentations, and site visits, will underline the IQA’s national conference next month. Read more »
Engineered wetlands (foreground) near the former Baldwin’s Quarry site (background) protect the Whangamarino Heritage Wetlands (right) from industrial run-off.

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Commitment to protected wetland nets prestigious award

A Kiwi quarry operator who engineered a wetland filtration system to prevent run-off in his quarry polluting an adjacent world heritage conservation site has received the Institute of Quarrying’s most prestigious award. Read more »
Hanson Australia currently operates 73 quarries nationwide, including the former Rocla Quarry Products site at Calga, NSW.

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Hanson parent balances economic, environmental targets

Following record sales and profit figures, global aggregates producer HeidelbergCement has moved to prioritise climate protection by committing to ambitious emission reduction targets. Read more »
A Second World War guard post today conceals the entrance to the limestone cave discovered at Forbes Quarry in 1848.

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DNA test unlocks Neanderthal mysteries at Forbes Quarry

New DNA testing methods have revealed fresh details about some of the first Neanderthal remains ever found at a European quarry 170 years ago. Read more »
Buzz Aldrin beside the ‘passive seismic experiment package’, with the Eagle lunar module in the background.

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Geological significance of Apollo 11 mission lives on

As the world marvels at the engineering feat that was Apollo 11, the ensuing five decades have shown the mission played an equally important role in advancing geological science. Read more »
The Structural Dynamics Lab’s facility manager David Friberg instructs Ottawa Citizen reporter Tom Spears on the ins-and-outs of the vehicle vibrations facility.

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High tech simulator replicates wear and tear within minutes

The Canadian Government has built a state of the art heavy vehicle-testing simulator that can replicate 30 years of vehicle deterioration in a matter of weeks. Read more »
An Outotec sand processing plant in Australia. Outotec and Metso have announced a merger, to be completed in the second quarter of 2020.

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Finnish rivals Metso and Outotec to merge

Metso is merging with Finnish compatriot and rival mineral sector manufacturer Outotec, forming a new global producer of technology and equipment for the resource processing sectors. Read more »
Plant and equipment at work before the quarry was shut down. Image courtesy of Frontier.

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Quarry on ice stalls highway upgrade

The exclusion of a foreign-owned quarrying operation from a major road project is having knock-on effects for communities and threatening an uneasy peace in a region near the Myanmar/Thailand border. Read more »
Many of the quarries in and around Caen are well-preserved time capsules, filled with traces of the civilians who hid there and their ordeals during the D-Day offensive.

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The sites that provided refuge on D-Day

To mark the 75th anniversary of D-Day, a quarry in northern France that sheltered thousands of civilians is being ‘preserved’ by 3-D modelling and will be able to be ‘toured’ as soon as next year. Read more »
The former Puketutu Island quarry will be filled with 4.4 million tonnes of biosolids.

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From quarry to human dung hole

A former quarry on a sacred Maori island in New Zealand is being rehabilitated in a world first biosolids project – using treated human faeces. Read more »
Manod Quarry today. There is little sign now (as then) that it was once housed some of Britain’s national treasures. Image courtesy of bbc.co.uk

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Unassuming Welsh site’s vital wartime role

Quarries have been repurposed for the most unusual of assignments, but few in history can match the importance of Manod Quarry in north Wales. Read more »

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