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Drones are measuring stockpiles, confirming clearance before blasts, monitoring traffic and road conditions, and providing real-time aerial footage.

Geology
A new age of robotics and automation

From a miniature robot championship in Texas, to the wide expanses of the Pilbara, to one day possibly the red landscape of Mars, Bill Langer discusses how robotics has become a staple of the extractive industries … Read more »
The outcrop of dolerite on the former Aboriginal quarry site, which was a valuable source for the production of stone axes.

News
Prized ancient quarry recognised

The site of a former quarry, once used by Aboriginals to make stone axes, has been found on agricultural land near the ACT/NSW 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.

News
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 »
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

News
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 »
The sand on Rainbow Beach, on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast, features a myriad of colours. Image courtesy of S Newrick, Wikimedia Commons.

Geology
Poop sand happens!

As winter sets in down under, Bill Langer and his wife are visiting east coast beaches in the US, where (to quote Lewis Carroll) there are “such quantities of sand, indeed” – and also lots of poop! Read more »
Figure 2. The cropped value cycle model.

Education
Management intelligence: A key to successful leadership

For quarries to succeed in today’s competitive world, a unilateral way of doing business is invalid. To get the best out of an operation and a workforce requires effective two-way communication. Mike Cameron explains the importance of management intelligence in the modern environment. Read more »
The Quarry Amphitheatre has significant value as the only former limestone quarry that has been adapted for re-use as a performance venue in Western Australia.

News
Theatrical venue to be heritage listed

Quarry Amphitheatre, a performance venue set in a former limestone quarry in City Beach, Western Australia, will be added to the State Register of Heritage Places. Read more »
A 1758-carat diamond was recovered in a Botswanan mine using TOMRA XRT sensor technology.

News
Cutting edge tech helps recover huge diamond

One of the largest diamonds in recorded history has recently been recovered in a Botswana mine, courtesy of innovative sorting sensor technology. Read more »
Granite from Stony Creek Quarry features prominently in the Statue of Liberty Museum. (Source: Shore Line Times)

News
Historic granite site comes full circle in new project

A quarry that famously supplied pink granite for the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty has been re-enlisted to supply the stone for a new museum honouring the monument. Read more »
The Wiradjuri Traditional Owners at the formal gazettal of the Bomen Axe Quarry in 2011.

News
Council seeks feedback on land bordering Indigenous quarry

Wagga Wagga Council is currently undertaking community consultation on proposed plans to develop an area of council-owned land adjacent to the Bomen Axe Quarry. Read more »
The clean-up effort following floods at Tegra’s Jugiong Quarry, near Gundagai, NSW, in 2010. Despite the disaster, Tegra was able to meet concrete demands.

Geology
Aggregates and seismic awareness

Bill Langer dispenses some advice for operations on being better prepared for seismic and other tumultuous events. Read more »

News
Historic site to become 'walkable' suburb

The former Cave Hill Quarry in Lilydale in Victoria’s Yarra Valley is being transformed into a new, vibrant suburb. Tim Robertson visited the site which is now into the second year of a 15-year development project. Read more »
Two versions of the KAMMP device (pictured) have been installed on conveyors 1 and 7 of Kulnura Quarry’s crushing, screening and conveying circuit.

Conveying
KAMMP: A simple yet effective conveyor belt solution

A quarrying operation devises a novel solution for detecting and removing tramp metal. Read more »
The panel discussion at the Queensland conference featured (L-R) Michelle Connelly (facilitator), Kelly Jury (Hastings Deering), Kartini Oei (NAWO), Alison Price (NAWIC) and Mary Thompson (McLeod Rail).

News
WIQ conferences go from strength to strength

The IQA has recently hosted two very successful Women in Quarrying conferences in New South Wales and Queensland. Read more »
Located in Leicestershire, Tarmac’s Mountsorrel Quarry supplies granite to major construction projects across the UK.

News
Site presents naturalist with granite keepsake

A quarry has paid the world’s foremost naturalist Sir David Attenborough the highest compliment after he recently professed his fondness for an igneous rock found in the English midlands. Read more »

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