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The bluestone quarry at Carn Goedog, almost 290km away from Stonehenge. (Source: UCL)

News
New discoveries shed light on Stonehenge mysteries

Excavations at two quarries in Wales provide new evidence of megalith quarrying 5000 years ago, according to a study led by London’s University College. Read more »
While he spent a lot of time wearing black, Peter’s fashion sense could also be quite colourful!

News
Peter Barro: An enduring legacy

In late 2018 the extractive industry lost one of its stalwarts and advocates at a relatively young age. John Mitas reflects on the life, work and passion of Peter Barro. Read more »
A map of Siberia and Alaska showing Beringia as the tan areas. Image courtesy of the US National Park Service.

Geology
Beringia: The Siberia to Alaska 'bridge'

An inquiry from a secondary school student about the impact of geology on humans has prompted Bill Langer to revisit the theory behind ‘Beringia’, the supposed ‘land bridge’ between Siberia and Alaska … 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 »
Two of Boral’s quarries – including its Dundowran site (pictured) – have this month received EPIQ status for their compliance and environmental programs in the past 12 months. Image courtesy of Google Maps.

News
Sites encouraged to nominate for reward scheme

Queensland’s Department of Environment and Science, in partnership with Cement Concrete and Aggregates Australia, has launched a reward scheme to recognise quarries that demonstrate good environmental performance. Read more »
Ancient Egyptian artisans lavishly decorated tombs with gold and gold objects, such as on Pharaoh Tutankhamun’s mask (front and rear). It is fashioned from two layers of high carat gold.

Geology
Celebrating a golden anniversary

Bill Langer this month commemorates a milestone in his personal life – but will his wife Pam accept his golden gift? Read more »
The Loadscan CVS is an above-belt lidar laser management system that scans any belt from 400mm to 2000mm wide.

Conveying
Volume scanner for measuring report on bulk material flow

Loadscan, a global leader in payload profiling systems, has released the conveyor volume scanner (CVS) – a high tech, easy to use tool that allows users to see how much material is moving across their conveyor belt. Read more »

Conveying
Integrated weighing solutions for excavators

A combination of a fleet management system (FMS) and hydraulic on-board weighing technology can transform quarry excavators into mobile control centres for increased productivity. Read more »
The Walrus and the Carpenter weep at the sight of such ‘quantities’ of sand.

Geology
Such quantities of sand, indeed

With the Australian summer – and beach weather – upon us, Bill Langer reflects on the industrial uses of silica sand and how it complies with rigorous standards … Read more »
Richard Featherstone’s skill and knowledge of ground engaging tools and castings made him welcome on quarry and supplier sites throughout Victoria.

Then & Now
Richard Featherstone: A 'character' among his peers

While not strictly a member of the Institute of Quarrying, Richard Featherstone will be familiar to many long-time members of the Institute and the Victorian extractive industry as a supplier. Read more »
Zhong Yin Group is proposing to transform the site of a former military training camp in Darley, Victoria into a sand quarry.

News
Sand mine operator tests community waters

There are plans to turn the site of a former Second World War training camp in Darley, Victoria, into a sand mine. Read more »

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Disruption, supply issues dominate CMIC 18

With its theme of ‘Building Tomorrow’s Australia’, CMIC 18 posed questions about the industry’s ability to deliver quality materials for future building demand – against a climate of rapid change and policy uncertainty. Damian Christie reports. Read more »
In Burton-upon-Trent, UK, brewers use water from springs with rocks containing gypsum (pictured).

Geology
The geology of beer

We all know geology – and quarrying – contributes enormously to our infrastructure and our lifestyles. As Bill Langer explains, geology also plays a crucial role in the fermentation of one of life’s other great “necessities” … Read more »
The geodesic biome domes at the Eden Project in Cornwall, UK. The project is at an old clay pit that was a working quarry for 160 years.

Case Studies
Bruce Harvey: Quarry repurposing and regeneration

While there are international examples of quarries succeeding in their post-working lives, Australia has generally been behind the curve. Bruce Harvey explains how extractive companies, regulators and communities can collaborate on innovative post-closure uses for extractive sites. 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 »

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