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Modern quarrying of Oya stone at Kanehon, Japan. Photo: Vicki L Beyer, japantoday.com

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Pumice the heart of Japanese construction

The world’s most famous quarries attract attention for their part in iconic landmarks, but few are as unique as a series of sites that have supplied centuries’ worth of pumice rock for Japanese construction. Read more »
The hippocampus, highlighted in blue, creates new cells throughout a person’s life. Illustration courtesy of Jay Leek, UC Davis.

Geology
Hey! Have you got rocks in your head?

Continuing his exploration of the periodic table, Bill Langer this month examines the mineral elements on which the brain relies for sustenance and growth … Read more »
The final vision for the Hornsby Quarry spoil management project (pictured), off Sydney's upper north shore. The quarry was operational for most of the 20th century.

News
New trends in managing mining liability

Some jurisdictions have introduced reforms to manage the liability of resource projects in the remediation phase – but there are concerns these reforms may unduly impact quarries with traditionally lower risk profiles than mines. Michael Cramer discusses his work in this field. Read more »
A Brim’s Bulk Transport truck at work. Any quarry that sub-contracts the transport of its aggregates can be liable within the supply chain.

News
Better understanding of the chain of responsibility

The National Heavy Vehicle Law administers uniform laws for heavy vehicles exceeding 4.5 gross vehicle mass across most states and territories. Simone Reinertsen explains what recent changes to the laws could potentially mean for the quarrying industry. Read more »
Tegra Australia’s Jugiong Quarry during the 2011 New South Wales floods. Until now, climate risk has been largely viewed as a physical phenomenon – but it could well pose financial problems as well.

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Addressing climate change risk in a resource context

Until now, climate change impacts have been largely described in physical terms. However, as Elisa de Wit argues, there are financial dimensions to climate risk, and if not suffi ciently addressed by industry over time, it could cause as much damage to an extractive business as the climate. Read more »

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Improving the regulatory space for the extractive industry

In recent years, the Victorian Government has made a concerted effort to improve earth resources and approvals processes. Anna Cronin, the Victorian Commissioner for Better Regulation, explains what these reforms are and how industry members can assist the regulator to fast-track approvals. Read more »

News
The national economic forecast to 2024

Robert Mellor will bring out his barometer at the IQA conference to discuss the national outlook in construction activity to 2024. While it might all seem ‘doom and gloom’, he predicts the picture beyond the horizon is bright – if the industry plans ahead. Read more »
Sean Taylor says developing an operational interface to machines – whether through a cab operator or remotely – is the key to making machines “sing”.

News
Sean Taylor: A firm voice for inclusion and diversity

Ahead of his address at the IQA’s annual conference, Komatsu CEO and managing director Sean Taylor speaks about the significance of promoting and fostering diversity and higher gender representation in the extractive industry – and how technology advances can reduce the barriers. Read more »

President's Desk
Members, suppliers embrace 'The Future of Quarrying'

Clayton Hill writes that the IQA conference in Geelong is a reflection of overwhelming feedback from IQA members and the sold out trade exhibition a vindication of the Institute and the industry's professional development objectives. Read more »

Editor's Desk
Resilient, provincial city shakes off its 'Sleepy Hollow' tag

Geelong - the venue of this month's IQA annual conference - is no lightweight when you consider its broader industrial and quarrying experience. As Damian Christie explains, the port city has overcome much adversity over more than a century to be a valuable contributor to the Victorian economy and disentangle itself from Melbourne's overbearing shadow. Read more »
For every 0.014g of gold in a smartphone, the amount of high grade ore needed is about 1.6kg.

Geology
So, what's in your smartphone?

‘Honey, I’ll put you on hold!’ Bill Langer takes a moment away from his ‘mineral-laden’ smartphone to explain how many fractions of minerals are present in the average unit and contribute to its functions … Read more »

President's Desk
Planning for the next phase of industry progression, growth

With the increased emphasis on safety and competency from within and outside the industry, Clayton Hill writes that the IQA's next strategic plan will reflect the future aspirations of its members and the broader industry. Read more »

Editor's Desk
Embracing sustainability today to avoid a costly tomorrow

The pledges by BHP, HeidelbergCement, LafargeHolcim and other companies to clean up their industrial emissions, is likely to raise expectations along the suppy chain on quarries to follow suit. However, as Damian Christie writes, rather than reacting to them as a threat, the industry should embrace today's climate challenges as an opportunity ... Read more »
Resembling a mosquito in shape, InSight is the new ‘guy’ on Mars!

Geology
Exploring the geology of Mars

For the past decade, NASA has had a series of roving robots exploring the Martian landscape for remote signs of life. Bill Langer discusses the work these robots have done for geology in the process. Read more »

President's Desk
Is our appetite for risk increasing?

In the light of recent fatalities in the Australian extractive industry, Clayton Hill queries whether quarries and mines are too concerned with abiding with - and not paying enough attention to the effective implementation of - the safety and risk prevention controls that are meant to protect workers. Read more »

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