Inland Rail given northern NSW approval

The northern New South Wales section of the Melbourne to Brisbane Inland Rail project is set to ramp up after approval was given for the Narrabri to North Star Environmental Impact Statement.

Air decking and the environment

Air decking in blasting enables explosive energy to act repeatedly in separate pulses on the surrounding rock mass, rather than instantly, as in concentrated charge blasting. Varidrill director Steve Gilmartin reveals how air decking can reduce carbon emissions and provide other benefits in blasting.

Innovative walkway designs that improve safety

When it comes to plant design and maintenance, ensuring your equipment is in working order is vital. Equally as vital is the support structures around your crushing and screening plant. Have you given much thought to making your metal walkways as safe as possible?

Sandvik announces new rock processing business

Sandvik will in 2021 launch a new rock processing solutions business area, which will replace the current crushing and screening division.

Inland Rail given northern NSW approval

The northern New South Wales section of the Melbourne to Brisbane Inland Rail project is set to ramp up after approval was given for the Narrabri to North Star Environmental Impact Statement.

Adbri retains strong tendering pipeline, expects infrastructure spending to drive demand

Adbri is expecting the 2020 Federal Budget to improve demand for its product due to increased infrastructure spending.

Komatsu Australia MD to deliver live address on inclusion, diversity to IQs worldwide

The 2020 IQ Caernarfon Award recipient Sean Taylor will be presenting on his company's Say Again? campaign to all Institute of Quarrying branches across the globe in a live webinar on 9 November.

Engineering insights event anticipates future market outlook, materials demand

A wet processing symposium run by CDE Global featured speakers from BIS Oxford and Repurpose It. They provided insight into the challenges and expectations of Australia’s extractive industry moving forward.

Volvo predicts quarries will be early adopters of autonomous transport

Volvo Autonomous Solutions has predicted that quarries and light mining will implement automated transport first.

Topcon Positioning Systems updates pipe laser range

The new TP-L6 series of pipe lasers are available in red or green beam and include a shorter length for tight pits.

NT Government to use recycled asphalt for the first time

Two major Darwin roads will be paved with recycled asphalt in a first-ever initiative for the Territory.
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Record numbers for 2020 Women in Industry event



Water management in the extractive industries


Collision avoidance with ifm O3M sensor system




Delivering predictive maintenance for exploratory drilling with ifm technology

Cortex Intelligent Systems, a company engaged in automated exploratory drilling, is using ifm technology to remotely control the drill rigs under extremely harsh working conditions, with the collaboration resulting in considerable cost-savings for Cortex’s customers.

Radar level transmitters lead the way

The use of VEGA's radar level transmitters has increased due to their ability to provide non-contact measurement.

Ambiguities identified in Queensland’s industrial manslaughter laws

A law expert has pointed out several ambiguities in language used in the Queensland Government’s new industrial manslaughter laws that will make the prosecution of senior officers for health and safety negligence in the quarrying and mining sectors problematic.

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Expedition to uncover geological secrets of Macquarie Island

A voyage on the CSIRO’s research vessel RV Investigator is being conducted by MAS and ANU scientists to map the seafloor surrounding Macquarie Island.

Superheated underground rocks reveal earthquake clues

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Yellowstone National Park to be remapped by Montana State University

Researchers from Montana State University have started to update the geologic map of Yellowstone National Park in the United States.

DNA sequencing could find hidden mineral deposits

Analysing the DNA of soil microbes can be an effective mineral exploration technique, according to a study by Geoscience British Columbia.


Tier 2 quarry managers required to meet new criteria: NSW Resources Regulator

The transitional period for the New South Wales Resources Regulator’s three-tiered scheme for quarry managers has now ended, with new applicants to be assessed on new criteria.

Sandvik upskills employees for the future

More than 20 Sandvik employees across Australia have signed up for a new vocational course to enhance their Industry 4.0 expertise.

A modified version of the Trust Equation

Mike Cameron has previously discussed the Trust Equation, and how it plays a significant role in building an organisational culture of belief and confidence. He applies his own variation of the equation to Australian working conditions.

Key account planning: Establishing the profile of an ‘ideal’ customer

Achieving new sales of your business product or service solutions requires care and finesse, especially in lean times. Mike Cameron explains what makes a ‘good’ customer and how producers can use that profile to achieve mutually beneficial ends.

Holcim announces job vacancy for NSW/ACT General Manager of Aggregates

Holcim is seeking a candidate with strong experience in the aggregates industry to fill a the critical role as General Manager for the aggregates division in NSW/ACT.