Improving processes. Instilling expertise: Sandvik Construction and Dyno Nobel Quarry Academy in North America is an enormous success Sandvik Construction and Dyno Nobel held another highly successful Quarry Academy in San Antonio, Texas. From November 13-15, nearly 100 people participated, all eager to hear about the very latest developments in quarrying, participate in workshops, listen to guest speakers, and find out how they could improve their processes through instilled expertise. The latest Sandvik/Dyno Nobel Quarry Academy was recently held in San Antonio, Texas, and continued the excellent work that began in the USA over seven years ago. The Quarry Academy was developed in order to provide information to for the quarrying professional concerning improving the total value chain in quarry operations. This continues the Sandvik/Dyno Nobel operational focus of working with quarrying companies to help ensure that world class knowledge is made available, produces the right products/equipment for the right application, all with the features that provide the highest levels of productivity, but the lowest levels of overall operational cost. The latest Quarry Academy was held at both the Omni La Mansion del Rio Hotel and at Martin Marietta’s Beckman quarry. Nearly 100 participants from differing backgrounds — ranging from global concerns, large scale and smaller quarrying operations to distributors and sales professionals — came from across North America to learn about the very latest in quarrying, lean processes and safety. The Quarry Academy pro-
gram was conducted by Sandvik Construction and Dyno Nobel specialists possessing expert knowledge, as well as guest speakers from Volvo, Friedman and South West Research, with all topics being guided by the principle — “Improving processes. Instilling expertise.” In order to provide integrated coverage, the Quarry Academy program is comprised of two sections, with an initial lecture being given on the concept of the quarrying processes examined. To ensure that attendees get the most from the program, a great deal of thought and planning goes into creating an itinerary that provides the maximum benefit, and is of interest to the assembled quarrying professionals. In addition, the subject matter is reviewed annually using attendee feedback to focus on those areas of most interest to those attending. Thus, specific subjects included lean processes, drilling, blasting, fines and boulder management, load and haul, fleet and transportation issues, crushing and screening, the quarrying process, quarry management and unit operation efficiency. The second component of the program consists of in-depth workshop sessions where the faculty experts discuss specific process improvements in smaller, highly interactive groups. To further enlighten and enhance the learning, Quarry Academy also includes a site visit which, this year, was Martin Marietta’s Beckman quarry where product demonstrations and explanations were given to the attendees.
In addition to a formal program of events and seminars, a special guest speaker, former astronaut Mike Mullane, shared his insights, specifically with regard to operational safety. Mike’s “Countdown to Safety” presentation delivered a powerful message centered on the individual’s role in keeping themselves and their teams safe in hazardous environments. Mike’s talk proved to be inspirational and set the focus for the final day of the program as well as providing the audience with a unique perspective on both space travel and safe operations. As with previous programs Quarry Academy was successful, as it not only addressed critical processes within the quarry environment, but it also provided focus on the relationship between each processes, how they systematically interact with one another, and how the processes may be linked in order to achieve overall operational improvement. All participants found the Quarry Academy to be highly informative and entertaining as well as enjoying Sandvik/Dyno Nobel’s excellent evening hospitality. Sandvik is a global industrial group with advanced products and world leading positions in selected areas — tools for metal cutting, equipment and tools for the mining and construction industries, stainless materials, special alloys, metallic and ceramic resistance materials as well as process systems. In 2011 the Group had about 50,000 employees and representation in 130 countries. Sandvik Construction is a business
From selling iron to saving lives Did you know that besides founding and owning Michigan Aggregate Machinery, Bill Horan leads one of the world’s largest humanitarian charities? Bill was raised in the sand and gravel industry, and for many years, managed a gravel pit owned by his family near Detroit. In 1985, Bill and his wife Laura founded Michigan Aggregate Machinery, a company that specializes in used and reconditioned crushing, screening and washing equipment. Over the years they built a clientele in all
50 states and 33 countries. In early 2002, while on vacation in the Cayman Islands, Bill met Pat Robertson (founder of The Christian Broadcasting Network) who was there on a short vacation. The Horans and Robertsons went out to dinner where Bill and Pat hit it off and soon became friends. A few weeks later Pat asked Bill to run Operation Blessing International (OBI), a global humanitarian charity that Pat founded in 1978. Bill was astounded by the of-
fer and says he had serious doubts if he was up to the task, but accepted, thinking that he would “help out for a year or two.” Eleven years later, OBI has grown into one of the world’s largest and fiscally efficient humanitarian relief organizations. Bill credits the dramatic growth to his management team and hard working staff. He says, “I don’t run the plays, I just sit on the bench and yell a lot.” Headquartered in Virginia
area within the Sandvik Group providing solutions for virtually any construction industry application encompassing such diverse businesses as surface rock quarrying, tunneling, excavation, demolition, road building, recycling and civil engineering. The range of products includes rock tools, drilling rigs, breakers, bulk materials handling and crushing and screening machinery. In 2011 sales amounted to more than 9,000 MSEK, with approximately 2,600 employees (pro forma rounded numbers). Customers in the mining, quarry, construction, pipeline and geophysical exploration industries choose Dyno Nobel (www.dynonobel.com) for our quality products, reliable service and technical expertise as well as for our rich history of practical product and technology innovation. Dyno Nobel has an extensive global manufacturing and distribution footprint that is unmatched in the industry and is the market leader in North America — the largest explosives market in the world. We also operate in Australia, Canada, the U.S., Indonesia, Mexico, South America, South Africa, Turkey and Papua New Guinea. Dyno Nobel is renowned as a provider of innovative explosive products and services which, together, deliver groundbreaking performance for our customers. We apply cutting edge technologies (including DigiShot® Electronic Initiation System and TITAN® Bulk Emulsions) around the world as well as ‘Value In Use’ solutions through our consulting division, DynoConsult.
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As with previous programs Quarry Academy was successful, as it not only addressed critical processes within the quarry environment, but it also provided focus on the relationship between each processes, how they systematically interact with one another, and how the processes may be linked in order to achieve overall operational improvement.
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