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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.

News
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 »

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 »
Safety monitoring alerts quarry sites to slope instability or non-compliant berms.

Drill & Blast
How on-site innovations could attract the future workforce

The Australian construction sector appears set for a buoyant few years. Yet, according to a recent report, negative perceptions about the extractive industry could impede future growth and productivity. Carlos Gonzalez explains how industry innovation could overturn these perceptions. 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 quarry face demonstration area continued to be one of Hillhead’s biggest attractions.

News
Hillhead 2018: An industry showpiece

With 546 exhibitors and almost 20,000 trade visitors in attendance, Hillhead 2018 – one of the world’s largest outdoor trade exhibitions - broke plenty of records. Read more »
From right: Chris Hemsworth, Taika Waititi and Tessa Thompson at Oxenford Quarry.

News
Quarry’s cameo in comic book film

A quarry in Australia has been used to film scenes for the third film in Marvel Studio’s Thor franchise. Read more »
GAIN delegates paid a visit to Lafarge’s Tygerberg quarry in the Western Cape, South Arica.

Other
Global aggregates industry under the spotlight

A recent meeting of the best and brightest of international extractive industry associations in South Africa has painted a positive picture for the global aggregates sector. Read more »
The area inside red lines by land survey, the outside red lines by aerial survey.

Case Studies
Surveying techniques on show at Gippsland quarries

There are many different techniques that a surveyor may use to provide spatial data solutions for quarries. Several different surveying methodologies were employed on a project at two quarry sites in Tyers, Victoria earlier this year. Erik Birzulis reports. Read more »
In June this year, Landair Surveys measured stockpile volumes at a Brooklyn quarry.

Editor's Desk
Survey technology for volume determination

Recently there has been much discussion about new technologies for mapping and volume determination on quarry sites but how good are these technologies? Erik Birzulis explains the results of research his company conducted to test various technologies to determine stockpile volumes. Read more »
Aerial surveying using an RPAS offers reduced turnaround times, reduced cost, flexibility of scheduling and, in many applications, comparable quality and accuracy to manned aircraft surveys.

Other
Aerial surveying: taking a bird’s eye view

The earliest surveyors looked to the sun and stars to obtain latitude, longitude and orientation, and today modern surveying is once again taking to the skies. Clayton Hill explains how aerial surveying can be more accurate, cost-effective and time-efficient for quarry operations. Read more »

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