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A Northern Rivers company has been blown away by the durability and performance of its new Epiroc rockbreaker.

SmartTech Australia has brought on rugby league royalty to bring its safety campaign over the try line.








PUGMILL PERFECTION A quarry is reaping the benefits of a Northern Irish innovation after taking delivery of a new pugmill to improve operations

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SMART SAFETY SmartTech Australia has brought on rugby league royalty to bring its safety campaign over the try line.





ROCK-SOLID ROCKBREAKER A Northern Rivers company has been blown away by the durability and performance of its new Epiroc rockbreaker.

PUGMILL PERFECTION A quarry is reaping the benefits of a Northern Irish innovation after taking delivery of a new pugmill to improve operations

COVER ADVERTISER: In the world of heavy machinery and mining operations, successful collaborations can be the key to achieving exceptional results. Tutt Bryant Equipment and Cross Verwijmeren’s partnership at the Talison Lithium project is a prime example of such synergy.






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hard day of work at a quarry can be extremely rewarding. It’s also not strange to feel exhausted afterwards. But fatigue is more than just a feeling of sleepiness or drowsiness. It’s a feeling of exhaustion that gets worse gradually. It’s often due to pushing your body beyond its mental and physical limits, day after day with no time to recover. You might not even realise how much it is affecting you. Fatigue can cause headaches and dizziness, reduce reaction times, lead to feelings of irritability, and poor short-term memory and concentration. In extreme cases, it can lead to nodding off and more near misses. On a quarry, where heavy machinery is involved, this can quickly lead to disaster. Poor sleep is one of the highest factors behind fatigue. If you’ve had less than 6 hours of sleep in the past 24 hours, or less than 12 hours in the past 48 hours, you might be at higher risk. Workers will often feel fatigue after 16 hours of being awake, especially if they have had to concentrate for a long period of

time, or have been exposed to extreme heat or cold. Stress, anxiety, depression and illnesses can also make matters worse. Any company conducting 24-hour operations, including shift work, on call duty cycles, call outs and incident response has an obligation to manage fatigue. An important thing to note is fatigue is a symptom, not a condition. For many people, it is caused by a combination of lifestyle, social, psychological, and mental wellbeing issues instead of an underlying medical condition. To find out what is causing fatigue, your doctor can provide an examination which may involve blood tests or imaging tests. If you feel fatigue, avoid working alone and speak to your friends, neighbours, and co-workers about checking in regularly. It can also be helpful to avoid driving home after the shift and instead make other arrangements (such as being picked up by family and friends) – it could save your life.

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s the end of the year comes closer, it provides us with an opportunity to reflect. This year the IQA has been focused on strengthening our education, to further bolster and ensure the competency of our workforce, as a competent workforce is essential for safe and effective quarrying operations. Our competency framework included five essential competency areas, relevant to all levels of the quarrying industry: Safety and risk management, leadership, emergency management, operations, and personal effectiveness. Over the past 11 months, the IQA has offered training and development pathways for our members to ensure they have the skills and knowledge areas relevant to their roles. This has involved both technical and soft skills. The framework provided us with an overview of the key skills and knowledge that the industry requires. It has helped to facilitate development planning and ensured that all required competency areas are addressed. The importance of these competencies is something the IQA

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has considered after examining various local and international industry bodies, as well feedback from a range of industry stakeholders, in the development of its framework. It has been great to see the industry taking advantage of the educational opportunities and online resources available. There is still time to get involved this year, especially when it comes to safety. Knowing how to identify potential hazards allow sites to assess and control them. Quarries are often filled with hazards, which can turn to incidents when not identified, managed, and monitored appropriately. Several workshops are available to upskill workplaces to manage risk and provide them with the skills to effectively lead for safety. We encourage you to get involved. Duncan Harris President Institute of Quarrying Australia

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MAKE AN IMPACT WITH KLEEMANN MOBILE IMPACT CRUSHERS Kleemann’s MOBIREX EVO2 series mobile impact crushers can be deployed universally and produce high quality product. The MOBIREX MR 110 EVO2 has a crusher inlet of 1100mm x 800mm and can achieve an impressive, cost-effective production rate. System widths are increased over the entire plant in the direction of material flow. This means that the material flow is not restricted, and material bridging can be effectively avoided. The continuous feed system makes the operator’s work easier, as the machine automatically regulates a homogeneous material flow, ensuring optimum loading of the crusher. Thanks to the optional double-deck post screening unit, two classified final products can be produced. The MOBIREX MR 130 EVO2 has a crusher inlet width of 1300mm x 900mm and achieves a production equivalent with considerably larger crushing plants. Fully hydraulic adjustment of the crushing gap allows the plant to adapt quickly to the material or the desired final grain size. Excellent efficiency and performance are achieved through a variety of technical highlights. Thanks to its compact design, the plants are easy to transport and quick to assemble and disassemble. Kleemann is continuing development on the MOBIREX mobile impact crushers, which includes the new MOBIREX MR 130 PRO which will be in Australia early 2024.

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CROSS COLLABORATION In the world of heavy machinery and mining operations, successful collaborations can be the key to achieving exceptional results. Tutt Bryant Equipment and Cross Verwijmeren’s partnership at the Talison Lithium project is a prime example of such synergy.


alison Lithium has been a stalwart producer and exporter of lithium materials from its Greenbushes site in Western Australia for over three decades. However, a new and ambitious crushing project at the Talison site aimed to expand freshwater and tailings ponds while producing substantial quantities of 40mm and 75mm fill material and specialised products like filter sand. Yet, the challenges posed by winter’s harsh conditions—wind, rain, and sticky wet materials—demanded the right equipment for the job. Recognising the need for precision and efficiency, Jim Cross, the visionary founder of Cross Verwijmeren, strategically acquired the Metso LT1213S impact crusher and the Metso S2.11 mobile scalper. He said

selecting the right equipment was pivotal for the project’s success. “The Metso LT1213S impact crusher and the Metso S2.11 mobile scalper offered the perfect combination of efficiency and adaptability to handle the challenging site conditions,” Cross said.

THE POWER OF METSO MACHINERY These two machines have already demonstrated their resilience and adaptability. The impact crusher’s dualslope screen, fuel-efficient engine, and automated process control enabled continuous and efficient production, even in adverse conditions. Simultaneously, the mobile scalper effectively separated and processed sticky materials without compromising productivity.

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Metso machinery is internationally renowned for providing versatile tools for quarry operators.

Metso machinery is internationally renowned for providing versatile tools for quarry operators. The LT1213S excels in road base production applications. Its adaptability and robustness make it an asset for achieving high-quality materials. With a generous 1320mm wide feed opening, it effortlessly handles oversize material, achieving production rates of up to 500 tonnes per hour (tph) while maintaining fuel efficiency. The S2.11 is a high-capacity reclaimer/ scalper screen that suits a broad spectrum of quarrying needs, including producing road base, ballast, and gabions. With an average production rate of up to 600tph, it’s an invaluable tool for processing wet feed material during the rainy season.

CROSS VERWIJMEREN’S EXPERTISE Cross’s expertise in geology, surveying, mining operations, and civil earthworks positions him to understand the challenges his clients face. Cross Verwijmeren caters to a broad spectrum of quarry products, from armour rock to precision-manufactured sand.

The decision to invest in Metso equipment stems from Cross Verwijmeren’s commitment to providing cost-effective, innovative earthmoving solutions. Their well-defined management structures ensure smooth project delivery.

THE ROLE OF TUTT BRYANT EQUIPMENT Supporting Cross Verwijmeren in the Talison Lithium project was Tutt Bryant Crushing and Screening, providing on-site commissioning, advice, and training with the new Metso equipment. The Tutt Bryant team ensured Cross Verwijmeren’s personnel were wellversed in operating the machinery, maximising the equipment’s advanced features and capabilities. Mark Reeves, area manager of Metso crushing and screening at Tutt Bryant, recounted the journey of collaboration between the two companies since 2017. He emphasised the evolving partnership’s shared goals of delivering top-notch solutions to the mining sector.

TUTT BRYANT EQUIPMENT’S COMMITMENT Tutt Bryant Equipment’s commitment to customer satisfaction extends beyond the initial sale. With a dedicated team of experts stationed across Australia, it ensures comprehensive support for customers, regardless of their geographical location. The success of the Metso machinery used on the Talison Lithium project underscores their versatility and durability in the Australian context. The partnership between Tutt Bryant Equipment and Cross Verwijmeren at the Talison Lithium project exemplifies the power of collaboration in the mining and quarrying industry. Quarrying professionals can draw inspiration from this success story and consider Metso equipment as a reliable solution for their diverse operational needs. Tutt Bryant Equipment’s dedication to customer support and a wide array of quarrying solutions ensures professionals can rely on them for tailored solutions to meet their needs.• For more information, visit tuttbryant.com.au

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LESS NOISE AND DUST To protect employees and the environment, Kleemann continuously develops its noise and dust-protection concepts.


xcessive noise and dust emissions can result in damage to health in the long term. To protect not only employees on quarry sites, but also human and animal life in the surrounding area, Kleemann is continuously developing new measures for reducing and efficiently containing noise and dust emissions. This is particularly important on sites in intra-urban areas, where surrounding areas can be exposed to noise emissions. To optimise noise protection for residents and the site team, in the past Kleemann has worked to reduce the noise and dust emissions of its plants. As a result, the basic versions of the current machines operate at sound power levels up to 6.2 dB lower than the predecessor models – the perceived noise is thus 75 per cent lower. Standard versions in the EVO2 generation of Kleemann machines operate at 87/88 decibels (dB) at the operator´s stand. For comparison, an average pneumatic drill reaches around 120 dB, while the noise from a vacuum cleaner is around 70 dB. Optional noise protection packages reduce

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the sound power level of the complete plant by a further 3 dB and halve the perceived noise level once again. Even the basic configuration of the mobile jaw crusher MOBICAT MC 110(i) EVO2 is very low-noise, due to the fan speed being regulated according to the load, ambient temperature, and the degree of cooler contamination. With the additional noise-protection package, the plant can be operated without noise-damping headsets – depending on the ambient conditions and local regulations. Even without the noise protection package, only 90 dB are measured directly at the machine.

EFFECTIVE DUST CONTAINMENT Kleeman’s machinery also help to contain dust, protecting the users and residents – and, ultimately, helping to ensure greater acceptance of urban quarry sites. Kleemann, with a special belt cover and a water spraying concept, has developed two

Kleemann plants create less noise and dust for more sustainability.


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measures that contribute to dust reduction. Water pump systems can be connected to the intelligently positioned water spraying system so that, among other things, standing water bodies or tanks can be used. The cover means that the fine dust particles are no longer blown away but rather remain on the conveyor. The result is a clear reduction in dust emissions. • For more information, visit wirtgen-group.com

Kleemann plants with water spraying system in different positions.

NOISE LEVELS According to the US Centre of Disease Control, noise above 70 dB for prolonged periods of time can damage hearing. Loud noises above 120 dB can cause immediate harm. The dB scale is a logarithmic one, which means a 20db sound is 10 times louder than a 10 dB sound. Some example noises include: • Rustling paper (30dB) • Average office noise (70 dB) • City Traffic (85 dB) • A motorcycle (100 dB) • Rock concert (110 to 120 dB) • Gunshot (140 dB)


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WITHOUT COMPROMISE A Queensland company has found its niche in an increasingly globalised market competing for customers in the crushing space.


n the digitised age of Industry 4.0, companies compete against more than just Australian businesses but also overseas rivals. Quarries can purchase equipment at the press of a button or tap of a smartphone, creating new challenges for manufacturers. Quarry spoke to Precisionscreen’s chief executive officer, Jonny McMurtry, about the company’s mobile crushing portfolio and how it navigates a competitive marketplace. He said part of the company’s mobility is its willingness to turn its strengths into market advantages. The International Monetary Fund’s research shows lockdowns, labour shortages, and strains on logistics networks led to shipping cost increases and increased shipping times. While overseas manufacturers can struggle with lead times and shipping concerns,

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Precisionscreen sees an opportunity to serve the Australian market as a local manufacturer. Being based in Queensland allows Precisionscreen’s team to build crushing and screening equipment with shorter lead times and for Australian conditions. “Making those cost-effective options which are Australian designed and manufactured is where we find our strength in the market,” he said. “One of the big things from overseas is the lead times, logistics, and shipping times have been increasing significantly. “We’re in a space where a lot of competitors import a lot of products, but the pricing and importing charges and duties, certainly for the bigger equipment, there’s been a significant increase in the past two or three years. “We can offer the product at a comparable price with an improved lead time.”

FUTURE PLANNING Since it was established in its Brisbane base by Harold Herr in 1986, the company has withstood many changes in the quarrying industry. PrecisionScreen spent more than three decades producing an extensive range of crushing and screening equipment. In that time, the industry has moved towards mobile equipment as smaller and medium-term contracts have become more prevalent. There has been a spike in interest in modular or semi-mobile equipment. Crushing and screening gear has evolved from a simple plank across a plant’s tracks to a more complex space with constantly changing equipment. McMurtry said one of the fundamental changes is a shift in the definition of “mobile” equipment while a high demand remains for tracked equipment. As a small manufacturer with more than 40 personnel, Precisionscreen’s team have been working behind the scenes to research, design, and test products to be ready for the next market shift. “(The planning) is a big part of our business; we’re constantly trying to read where the industry is going and where our customer expectations are going,” McMurtry said. “We have a lot of conversations with key customers in the market, and sometimes it is a gut feel. We know what we’re good at and strong at and try to lean into that as well. “We use a lot of customer feedback, which also helps the constant improvement of machines. That focus of continually adapting is a key performance indicator for us across the company and sets us apart from the imported equipment from overseas.” McMurtry said the company is preparing to unveil a suite of secondary and tertiary crushers in 2024. The secondary and tertiary crushers can track-mounted frames with a diesel or hydraulic drive or skid-mounted or static framework with electric drives.

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The focus on secondary and tertiary crushers will take in the 3000-cone crusher range or options for the VSI crusher range. The company has designed the Trackcrush VSI range to be a solution for stage four aggregate crushing, powered by a Caterpillar C15 engine. It is built for Australian conditions with dust suppression, self-levelling features, and a hydraulically variable/adjustable crusher drive, which dedicates the 350kW drive to the rotor. McMurtry said the secondary and tertiary crushers are an example of how Precision Screen adapts to suit the needs of its quarry customers. “Part of our makeup is the mobility side of things and how we can make our products mobile for our key and core customer base,” he said. “We’ve worked on standardising the crusher framework that these would sit on, which allows us to reduce lead times.” McMurtry said with a plan for the future

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and extensive learnings from decades in the industry, the manufacturer is well-placed for the year ahead. “The ability to manufacture for Australian conditions and in Australia is a big plus; it allows us to offer

specialist adaptions for standard equipment,” he said. “After being in the industry for 39 years, we can offer different ideas and solutions to maximise their production cost-effectively.” • For more information, visit precisionscreen.com.au

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A Northern Rivers company has been blown away by the durability and performance of its new Epiroc rockbreaker. Epiroc’s MB1650 is a versatile rock breaker that can work across different environments.


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he Northern Rivers quarry industry is as busy as ever in recent years, with demand for quarrying products in high demand as part of the region’s restoration post the 2022 floods. Grant funding from the Federal and NSW governments has been announced to fix up damaged roads in the area. The region’s quarry producers need durable machines to get the tough jobs done, given the demand for material. Quarry spoke to Graham’s Quarry Ruthven quarry manager, Tom Carlton, and Epiroc’s Queensland dealer, BA Equipmentc Groups national sales manager , Nathan Parziani, about how their emerging partnership will help the Northern Rivers producer. Graham’s Quarry is a family-owned venture operated by Rodney and Karie Graham. The two grew their operations to include quarrying in 2015, which marked a significant expansion for a company that began solely in concrete. Graham’s Quarry operates six quarries across the Northern Rivers to provide a variety of materials to suit various needs. This includes four basalt pits at Cedar Point (Kyogle), Woodview (Casino), Ruthven (Coraki), Corndale (Bexhill), one sandstone pit (Woodburn) and one sand pit (Dyraaba). The variety in the company’s quarry sites is reflected in its production, which supplies local councils, local infrastructure projects and private developments with everything from roadbase to concreting sand and topsoil and drainage aggregate. Carlton said the company was one of the largest quarrying producers in the Northern Rivers and a supplier for Graham’s Concrete. Projects in the area have increased since the recovery work across the area has heightened after the 2022 floods, which affected large parts of the region, especially Lismore. In the years since councils have backed in local businesses to help fix roads left heavily damaged by the floods. When Graham’s Quarry was in the market for a rock-breaker, they knew they needed a versatile machine that would be durable across the quarries. “There’s been a lot of work for local projects, especially with councils needing to repair damaged roads and even private landowners,” Carlton said. “We knew we needed a rock-breaker that had versatility because we’ve been so busy since then, and we have a range of products that need to be covered, including the basalt and sandstone.”

Hydraulic rock-breakers have been on the market in the Australian quarrying industry for years. The first serial-manufactured rock breaker was produced in 1967, the same year Graham’s Concrete was established. In a competitive marketplace, Epiroc’s MB1650 stood out to Graham’s Quarry with its ability to work across different conditions and the aftersales service. “It was pretty clear that the BA Equipment Groups sales team knew their stuff and provided great support to us; we had two people on-site when they delivered it,” Carlton said. “They explained the process and how to use the attachment best; that experience was consistent with the feedback we got from other people who had used them. “Everyone we spoke to said Epiroc was the brand to go with, and it’s been a pretty good experience ever since.” Epiroc designed the MB1650 to have increased durability.

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The M1650 uses vibration-dampening tie rods and innovatively designed retainer bars – which create a reliable locking system – to enhance the machine’s durability. The machine has a self-priming lubrication pump and optional dust protector, which combines two independent wipers to handle coarse debris and fine dust and protect components. Parziani said the company designed these features to protect operators from expensive downtime and repairs, which can cost thousands. Epiroc designed the auto control feature to adjust the output balance automatically to maximise performance while the MB1650 operates. The MB1650’s energy recovery feature uses the piston’s recoil energy to reduce vibration and improve performance. Parziani said the MB1650’s level of performance made it ideal for blast-free primary rock excavation and secondary rock breaking across several types of quarries.



Carlton said he was initially sceptical, but a test demonstration of the MB1650 at the company’s sandstone pit impressed him. “I thought the breaker was going to take a while to get through it, but I was left being very impressed at how easy it was to use and the power in the machine,” he said. “It was easy to use and understand, and Epiroc’s dealer BA Equipment Groups support team that came down to help us set it up were brilliant with their advice. “It did the job perfectly, and it’s going to be a big part of our business going forward.”• For more information, visit epiroc.com

TECHNOLOGY The Volvo Co-Pilot system was designed with excavation and load-handling capabilities.



Volvo Construction Equipment has moved to solve a gap in many quarries’ technical support systems to increase sustainability and safety.


he United Nations has recently voiced concern about its sustainable development goals (SDGs), with data showing slow progress against the milestones. The UN said that on 80 per cent of the SDGs, progress is “weak” or “stalled” or has “gone into reverse.” United Nations secretarygeneral Antonio Guterres has called on “governments, businesses, youth, activists and members of civil society” to think “big and be ambitious” to get the SDGs on track. Guterres said, “this is not the time for incrementalism; this is the time for transformation” within industries trying to decarbonise their operations. Technology could be essential for the quarrying industry to play its part. Quarry spoke to CJD Equipment’s national product manager Hayden Grant, about Volvo’s CoPilot system and how it can help quarries reduce emissions. The system has been on the market since 2016, but Volvo CE has continued delivering upgrades for operators and site managers. Grant said the Volvo Co-Pilot can help reduce fuel consumption, lowering emissions and diminishing the carbon footprint by automating tasks and optimising operations. The Volvo Co-Pilot system was designed with excavation and load-handling


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capabilities in mind. These features allow operators and site managers to minimise rework, conserve materials and cut waste. Operators and site managers can access data gathered from operators worldwide on safety, uptime, and fuel efficiency. This information can help guide companies to deliver environmentally responsible behaviours, including reducing fuel consumption and lower emissions. By using the Volvo Co-Pilot in this way and

streamlining Volvo machinery’s operators, it can deliver greater efficiency and enable sustainable machine operation. Volvo has a strong commitment to sciencebased targets, as it continues focusing on environmental care and driving industry transformation to combat climate change. CJD understands that working with quarry decision-makers is essential to explore new, sustainable ways of site management and is an important first step to driving the change.

Volvo’s Co-Pilot is the central command hub for Volvo’s Assist platforms.

The two companies have worked to deliver a suite of machinery that improves productivity, fuel efficiency and safety solutions to match Australia’s quarrying industry, which prizes productivity and performance. One of the critical pieces of this vision includes telematics, like the Volvo Co-Pilot, which has become a helpful productivity tool. Grant said the global recognition of Volvo CE stems from its production of top-notch, safe, high-quality, and technologically advanced machinery.

A SUITE OF FEATURES Volvo’s Co-Pilot is the central command hub for Volvo’s Assist platforms. The system allows operators and site managers to view onboard data and high-pressure sensors. The user interface allows operators to initiate projects and set job parameters. Access to the data and on-site enables quarries to achieve reduced completion

times and substantial enhancements in safety, uptime, and fuel efficiency. Grant said the system used state-of-the-art technology to ensure it worked across Volvo Assist’s programs like Dig Assist, Haul Assist and Load Assist. “The beauty of the Co-Pilot system is that you can load applications similarly to how you would download an app on a mobile phone. For example, it is possible to have both Trimble and Topcon in Dig Assist; you can switch between them once they have been set up,” he said. Volvo’s Co-Pilot system uses the display to alert operators with auditory and visual warnings to help maintain safety within the vehicle’s predetermined operational boundaries. The screen is strategically placed on Volvo machinery to reduce distractions and increase concentration. Grant said the safety functions - which eliminate the need for physical movement

The Volvo Co-Pilot screen is strategically placed on Volvo machinery to reduce distractions and increase concentration.

around the machinery - were aimed at lowering the likelihood of accidents and enhancing overall worksite safety. These features on the Volvo CE can help the Australian quarrying industry make strides in carbon emissions as well as safety. “The incremental improvements combine to deliver energy efficiencies across all types of Volvo Construction Equipment is a vital step forward in our ongoing journey towards a carbon-neutral, sustainable future,” Grant said • For more information, visit volvoce.com




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AUTONOMOUS UPDATE Steve Franklin, founder of Eltirus, explains why autonomous operation is important to the future of quarrying, who the market players are and actual progress in the field.


e recently had the Global Mining Group system safety for autonomous mining and implementation of autonomous systems in mining workshops in Brisbane – both of which were incredibly valuable for anyone with an interest in this area and looking to harness the potential of this technology. But why is autonomous operation relevant to quarrying? There are now large fleets of autonomous haultrucks in the mining industry with Caterpillar and Komatsu accounting for some 1100 of them alone. They are a proven technology with proven benefits in terms of improved safety and productivity and reduced costs. Touted figures (for diesel autonomous trucks) are some 20-30 per cent lower operating costs and from a safety perspective, lost time injury free to date.

AUTONOMOUS HAULAGE SYSTEM TYPES Autonomous haulage systems (AHS) are generally of two different types; miningcentric systems like Caterpillar MineStar Command and Komatsu AHS that are proprietary systems that rely heavily on a central control room and which conduct most of the control and ‘thinking’ from there and which run trucks that are ‘dumb’.


The second approach (Autonomy 2.0) tends to be both OEM and vehicle agnostic and can be retrofitted to existing fleets. These solutions utilise advanced sensor suites (LiDAR, radar, and cameras) and employ much more onboard computing power, relying less on network connections to a central control room and can allow for localised control by the loading tool operators. Good examples of this type of thinking are the Pronto.AI and SafeAI systems. It is worth your time to look at the Pronto site – they have an interesting page that talks about what it would take to get an autonomous system up and running on a quarry site.

CURRENT INDUSTRY PLAYERS Following is a list of the current industry players and a summary of their offering and known progress. It is by no means exhaustive. Volvo The Volvo TA15 gets a lot of press. It is a fully automated electric dumper developed by Volvo Autonomous Solutions (not Volvo Construction Equipment) and has a payload of 15t. It’s part of a complete autonomous haulage system called TARA, which includes support with all necessary site infrastructure,

from charging stations and safety systems to the operator interface. Ideal for replacing larger, diesel-powered vehicles, helping to cut emissions, increase efficiency, and optimise machine utilisation by operating as a ‘swarm’ of smaller trucks, it runs on a battery-electric drivetrain and uses Global navigation satellite system (GNSS), Lidar, Radar, and multiple sensors for positioning and navigation. Despite being announced as market ready in late 2020, the only quarry that I am aware of that is trialling this technology is the Holcim Gabenchopf quarry at Siggenthal in Switzerland which announced its trial in late 2021. Volvo also have a fleet of seven FH autonomous road trucks hauling limestone in the Brönnöy Kalk mine in Velfjord, Norway, which recently reached a major milestone through the removal of the safety driver from the system. Both these operations are limestone and so do not appear to have the sort of interaction with other vehicles that we would commonly see on an aggregate quarry. Caterpillar From 1994 to 1995, Caterpillar ran the first two prototype Cat 777C autonomous mining

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Autonomous Solutions (not Volvo Construction Equipment) and has a payload of 15t. It’s part of a complete autonomous haulage system called TARA.

trucks at a Texas limestone quarry, where they successfully hauled more than 5000 production loads over a 2.6-mile course. In late 2022, Caterpillar Inc. announced a collaboration with Luck Stone, the largest family-owned and operated producer of crushed stone, sand, and gravel in the USA, to deploy their autonomous solution at the Bull Run quarry in Chantilly, Virginia. This will be Caterpillar’s first autonomous deployment in the aggregates industry. Caterpillar plans to implement its existing Cat MineStar Command for Hauling system at the Bull Run quarry, on a fleet of 777G trucks in 2024. This will allow Caterpillar to

gain greater insights on quarry operations to tailor autonomous solutions specific to quarry and aggregate applications. Bull Run is a multi-million tonne per annum, operating quarry and should be an excellent proving ground for the technology – building on the proven MineStar system and at the same time also working with the well-known and reliable 777G haul truck. The only real variable in my mind is how cost effective MineStar will be for an operation this size.

Komatsu Komatsu has been at the forefront of autonomous haulage for more than a decade.

They have 579 Komatsu autonomous trucks operating at 19 sites in four countries, with some 406 of these trucks operating in Australia. Interestingly, given how active Komatsu Australia is in the technology space, there do not appear to be any public announcements of an autonomous quarry truck. Given they have recently announced a HD785 water truck, we may see this as a step to the quarry industry (Caterpillar had already introduced a 777G water truck before the trial with Luck Stone was announced). Watch this space. Scania Scania and Rio Tinto launched trials of their 40-tonne-payload autonomous mining truck (looks like a diesel powered cabover road truck) in April 2022 and quickly reached a key milestone of driverless operation in a simulated load and haul cycle environment. Rio Tinto’s Channar mine has become the first active partner site for Scania’s



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autonomous mining solution. The partnership also includes options for the future transition to electric-powered vehicles. No further details other than that initial trials appear successful. Pronto Pronto.ai delivers off-road AHS specifically engineered for a variety of rugged environments. The system uses camera and GNSS and offers the most affordable system on the market, saving on hardware expenses because the camera and GPS-based system does not depend on expensive equipment like lidar and radar. Pronto has been working closely with Bell Engineering (though it can also be fitted to other machines) for around 18 months to engineer and refine their hardware and software to produce and prove a self-drive Bell articulated dump truck which has been operating on several sites on the west coast in the USA. SafeAI SafeAI specialises in retrofitting machines with autonomous technology and can upgrade existing equipment, regardless of the manufacturer or vehicle type.


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SafeAI has partnered with MACA (now part of Thiess) to create their first autonomous vehicle in Australia – a 180-ton Hitachi haul truck. They also collaborated with Obayashi Corp to convert a 45-ton Caterpillar 725 articulated dump truck into the world’s first electric and autonomous heavy truck. Xtonomy Xtonomy offers AHS for mining and industrial applications which is OEM-agnostic and interoperable for true autonomy, offering robust radar-only perception for GNSSdenied and rough environments. Their AHS includes a traffic management system for multi-truck operation, which optimises dispatch and keeps operation safe even in an unstructured area without fixed routes. The supervision dashboard provides detailed information on the state of the autonomous haulage system, operational insights for monitoring and safety purposes, and a tool for route and map editing. EACON Eacon is focusing on autonomous haulage solutions using advanced AI technology which deeply integrates self-driving technology with on-site operational requirements.

They already have a number of large-scale implementations in play. The most relevant is a fleet of twenty, 60t electric autonomous trucks at the Fushan limestone quarry (cement industry) of Shandong Honghe Baili Mining with a further twenty trucks planned by the end of 2023. Interestingly, Eacon began commissioning its autonomous equipment in February 2023 and achieved ‘multi-fleet’ self-driving haulage without safety drivers on board in just two months – this is a remarkable achievement. If you have the time, do a web search for Electric AHS Vlog: one day of autonomous haulage operation – it is an interesting look at what is possible right now. Others Other trials (results unknown) are the Steer Tech trials in Romarheim’s stone quarry in Osterfjord (Norway) and Jaybridge Robotics trials with Luck Stone in the US (results also unknown). • If you have any questions or more information than that presented here, please contact me – I would welcome speaking to you – steve.franklin@eltirus.com


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The Lincom Group supplied one of the largest sand extraction companies in Townsville with a new McLanahan UltraSAND Plant.


hen Jeff Doyle purchased Townsville Graded Sands in 2013, he knew he needed to improve the efficiency of the production. Doyle is the managing director of the Mendi group, which was started by his father in 1959. It is still very much a family operation to this day, with Doyle’s wife and four children also working in the business. Townsville Graded Sands, located on the outskirts of Townsville, Queensland, is one of the largest producers of sand in the region. It provides specialty sands, soils, aggregate, gravel, road base and fills, and landscaping materials to the surrounding area.


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The processing plant was old, and it wasn’t generating a consistent product. Doyle said trying to create fine sand with tight specifications with that plant was difficult. He continued to run the antiquated plant for several years to discover where the inefficiencies could be improved. During this time, he was introduced to McLanahan and its wet processing equipment solutions through Lincom, McLanahan’s aggregate dealer in Australia. Doyle had a close relationship with Lincom, so when it recommended a McLanahan sand washing plant to help him meet his production efficiency goals, that’s what he decided to install.

“I didn’t research other manufacturers because Lincom is my supplier, and if they sell whatever, we deal with them,” Doyle said. “We knew they’d done their research on what was best.” A McLanahan UltraSAND Plant was installed at the Townsville Graded Sands site. The UltraSAND Plant is composed of hydrocyclones for washing and classifying the sand products and a Dewatering Screen for removing excess moisture from the final product. The system also includes a McLanahan Slurry Pump and Sump in a compact, modular design for ease of delivery, quick setup and a small site footprint.

A McLanahan UltraSAND Plant was installed at the Townsville Graded Sands site.

Before the UltraSAND Plant was due to arrive, Doyle prepared the concrete pads and civil works ahead of time to ensure the installation was as smooth as possible. “It was put together pretty well,” Doyle said. “We just lifted it into place with a couple of cranes. It took us a day to put it in place. The pipework took a bit longer, but it all went together pretty well.” The installation was simpler than he expected, especially with support from McLanahan and Lincom. “It wasn’t the task that I thought it would be,” Doyle said. “I thought it might have been a bit of a challenge, but it worked well, and we had the help from Lincom and McLanahan staff to help us do that.” Since installing the McLanahan UltraSAND Plant, the company has improved its production capabilities, including an increase in the amount of sand it can produce in a day.

Townsville Graded Sands has seen positive changes to its production capabilities since installing the plant.

“We installed the McLanahan wash plant and it’s just changed our productivity. We’re doing in an hour what we did in a day previous to now, and that’s not a lie either,” Doyle said. “We do in a day what we’d normally do in a week for sure.” In addition to improving Townsville Graded Sands’ efficiency through increased production, the McLanahan UltraSAND Plant has also improved efficiencies elsewhere in the operation – specifically, the sand supplied to the concrete side of Mendi Group’s business. “We’re producing sand that ordinarily you’d have to use a coarse and fine sand to get a concrete batch right, but we seem to be able to make this manufactured washed sand and we’re able to get away with the one type of sand in our concrete plant, so it’s given us an efficiency there as well,” Doyle said.

While that plant is only operated when supply demands, it meets expectations. “The plant itself does what I need it to do,” he said. “It serves the purpose, and I’m comfortable that it achieves every milestone we need it to with timing, its quality, its output and its safety. We’re big on safety in what we do. It’s a safe plant to be around, and we find that it is set up and structured well enough that I can put people out there and they won’t be in harm’s way, and I’ll get a good day’s work out of it.” Although there was a bit of a learning curve with the operation of the McLanahan UltraSAND Plant, Doyle and his team are well prepared for the future. “We’re looking forward to many years of serviceability out of the plant now,” he said.• For more information, visit lincom.com.au

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SERVICE THAT’S A BREEZE Quarry speaks with Adrian Attwood to learn how the ONTRAC high productivity XMOR bucket is especially easy to keep at peak performance.


epairing excavator buckets can be a painful ordeal, potentially taking equipment out of operation for days at a time. Without the bucket, moving material becomes all but impossible. And this is the main reason why ONTRAC Group places such importance on the after sales support of their Australian Made excavator buckets right from the get-go. Adrian Attwood, company owner at ONTRAC, told Quarry that while wear is an inescapable factor, there are ways to mitigate its effects. “There are certain features of the XMOR Bucket that work hand-in-hand with both minimising wear, and making wear more easy to deal with when it does occur.’’ The lightweight bucket is designed to improve productivity without sacrificing durability and has been built with wear in mind. Wear is directed towards the prominent

The bucket uses bolt on heel segments that can be replaced quickly and easily on site.


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ONTRAC provides regular onsite inspections of the buckets.

Whenever ONTRAC builds a bucket, it will also manufacture and hold replacement parts.

sections of the bucket, so the bolt on heel segments can be replaced quickly and easily on site. Attwood said the increased productivity from the lighter weight and decreased downtime is thanks in part to these replaceable components. “Using mechanical bolts instead of welds, not only requires less welding and hot work, but it also relieves stress applied to the bucket.” “Feedback has been great, our clients have remarked how easy it is to use their on-site maintenance crew rather than going through the hassles of the whole welding process,” he said. Whenever ONTRAC builds a bucket, it will also manufacture and hold replacement parts, called wear packs. Some of the company’s more proactive customers also

The lightweight bucket is designed to improve productivity without sacrificing durability.

hold spare parts on site, to cover them in case of an emergency. “What we want to do is address where pain points have been in the industry.” As a result of feedback from clients, ONTRAC is currently rolling out a hard-copy detailed bucket handbook for every new bucket over 50 tonne, which includes vital information like part numbers, components, diagrams, and more. “The idea is to make ordering a wear pack for you bucket a breeze,” Attwood said “Depending on your bucket, a wear pack might include, teeth, wing shrouds, heel segments, and other weareable components.” “Trying to find out who supplied the teeth, or when the teeth are expected to wear out, or who purchased a specific component, all of these things can be a hassle if something goes wrong and you need a solution straight away,” Attwood said. “The buckets have a modular design and will have all the parts listed out. It’s a simple process to send us an email or give us a call and we can start solving problems as soon as possible.” ONTRAC also provides regular onsite inspections of the buckets, going out into the field to ensure everything is working as it should be, and to listen to any customer feedback. Attwood said the support experience is almost more important than the initial sale. “Without a doubt – the XMOR bucket has easier to replace components built into it, but what’s most important to us is the way we uphold and maintain the product and who we are as a company,” he said. “That’s why we are always striving to continually improve and refine our after sales support for every ONTRAC customer.’’• For more information, visit ontracgroup.com.au


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IMS have added the new BP1200-48TB track electric twin power blender to its impressive collection of blenders and pugmills, the new BP1200-48TB has four separate feed hopper each five meters long holding 12m3 each. All feed hopper conveyors are fitted with belt scales and controlled by a PLC control and recording system that can be operated from an iPad or phone from its own Wi-Fi system from a loader or site office. A Cat C7 Generator powers the Nord electric motors all fitted with invertors offering variable speed to each feed hopper conveyor. The generator can be connected to mains power and could power an extra 24-meter radial stacker increasing the stockpile capacity.

A new IMS-PM1200-20TB Track Pugmill with twin 10m3 feed hoppers has just commissioned to Braeside Quarry on the New England Highway Warrick in Qld, the options the PM1200-20TB offered Braeside improved product management with the twin feed hoppers blending fines into roadbase to make spec or having two different products available ready for moisture control and CTB. The PLC control and recording system can be operated from an iPad in a loader managing all aspects of the operation including loading trucks and multiple trailers stopping when the required weight has been reached for each unit and recording the ID number of each load.

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TECH DRIVES DEERE John Deere has bolstered its commitment to technology to ensure quarries can provide workers with safe and sustainable job sites.


ohn Deere has announced updates to its board of directors and precision management tools as it continues to prioritise safety and sustainability. The American manufacturer has expanded its board of directors in a move chairman and chief executive officer John C. May said would “unlock more ways” for customers to be sustainable. After decades in the American technology and software industry, Neil Hunn has joined John Deere’s board. Hunn has been part of the crucial technology firm Roper Technologies since 2011 and its executive vice president and chief operating officer since 2018. He is also a member of the U.S. Business Council and the Business Roundtable. May said Hunn’s addition would support the company’s investment in providing leading technology solutions to its customers. “We are pleased to welcome a business leader of Neil’s stature to the Deere board,” May said. “He brings over two decades of software, technology, and business model transformation experience to our diverse, talented group of directors,” he said. “His background in innovative technologies and technology-enabled products will be of particular value as we carry out our Smart Industrial operating model and unlock

John Deere has introduced an obstacle intelligence system as part of its quarry and construction machines.


more ways to help our customers be more profitable and sustainable.”

INTELLIGENT SYSTEM John Deere’s commitment to employing technology in its operations extends beyond the boardroom. The company has introduced an obstacle intelligence system as part of its quarry and construction machines. The system features rear camera monitors for the back and sides of the machine as well as in-cab displays. These put everything in front of the operator, while the mirror-mounted cameras

background in “His innovative technologies and technologyenabled products will be of particular value as we carry out our Smart Industrial operating model and unlock more ways to help our customers be more profitable and sustainable.

Neil Hunn has joined John Deere’s board of directors in recent months.

provide an extra wide field of view greater than conventional mirrors. John Deere said it designed these features to minimise blind spots and protect worker’s safety. Using the combination of cameras, radar, and machine learning, the obstacle intelligence system can help protect workers close to the machine. The system is part of John Deere’s precision construction and quarrying offering, which also features grade management solutions and job site automation. John Deere has adapted these offerings across the years to match the needs of the Australian quarrying industry. The company understands that some of the critical concerns for the industry include downtime, over-grading, changes in work scope, understaffing and lack of time. Alongside unpredictable elements like long hours, bad weather, heavy materials, and labour shortages, quarries deal with a lot. This is why features like machine monitoring and connected support provide quarry managers and operators with real-time data on machine and fleet performance and job progress. John Deere said its grade-management tools are engineered to minimise rework or avoid it, which lets quarries boost productivity and the bottom line. The company is committed from the boardroom to the design team to improving its technological offering across the industry, where safety is the top priority. • For more information, visit deere.com



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DIGITAL DELIVERS New technological advances are helping quarry operators reduce waste and manage end-to-end material movement accurately.

Position Partners is Topcon’s exclusive Australian distributor.


ast legislation, such as the Chain of Responsibility (CoR) laws, have highlighted the importance of accurate reporting across the hauling cycle. These changes have seen Australian quarries, once a place of manual checks and balances, embrace technology, including telematics and digital scale solutions. Quarry spoke to Position Partners’ civil business executive manager, Josh Allan, about how a suite of digital platforms can help quarries make the change. Position Partners is Topcon’s exclusive Australian distributor that can provide quarries with access to platforms like the Loadmaster Alpha 100, the Sitelink 3D v2 and the Topcon Haul App. These three platforms can help quarry managers monitor their products and ensure every load is optimised and as profitable


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and efficient as possible with accurate digital reporting. Allan said advanced systems like the Loadmaster Alpha 100 could help quarries to safely load trucks, mitigate chain of responsibility risk, reduce machine wear and fuel consumption, and eliminate over- or under-loading. Truck operators can use the Topcon Haul app on their smartphones or tablets to eliminate paper-based records and manual clickers. The digital platform allows operators to conduct in-cabin payload logging in a hands-free way with easy-to-track digital records that are instantly linked to the Sitelink 3D v2 program. Quarry managers can set up sites and zones on the Sitelink platform. Utilising geofenced sites, operators can access tasks and load zones for projects hands-free.

Allan said the system meant the material was managed efficiently, including collection and dump information for every cycle with Global navigation satellite systems location recording and warnings when a driver is in the wrong designated area. This information allows managers to make data-backed decisions, including changing truck routes, optimising cycles, minimising delays, reducing bottlenecks. “Topcon’s Haul Truck app and web-based Sitelink3D solution makes keeping track of material and trucks simple and easy to manage,” Allan said. “When combined with data from Loadmaster loader and excavator scales, Sitelink3D v2 and the Haul Truck app give quarry managers a complete overview of load, haul and dump cycles to make informed decisions and increase productivity.”

The Sitelink platform can help quarry managers make data-informed decisions.

Allan said the company listened to customer feedback to shape upgrades to ensure the platforms suit the needs of the Australian quarrying industry. This includes reporting tools to compare real-time data against tendered costs and expected quantities of materials. It may seem a small change, but it provides quarry managers with live data to erase the need to quantify work completed days earlier.

“We listened to customer feedback on how we could enhance the benefits of the Sitelink platform even further,” Allan said. “The dashboard gives managers real-time information in easy-to-read dashboards that are part of our single sign-on web platform, enabling them to make informed decisions.” For quarries using other brands of loader scales, Sitelink3D v2 and the Haul Truck app can be used with the Topcon Loader app

to deliver the same material management benefits, regardless of technology brand. Using the ‘as measured’ weights of loaded material from the on-board loader scale system, the operator simply enters the data for the truck he’s loaded, and the system will keep track of the material from there. Allan said Position Partners’ nationwide presence means they’re well-positioned to help the quarry industry. “Topcon and Position Partners recognise that most sites have a mix of machines and technology, which makes open architecture solutions so important to deliver meaningful results for our customers,” he said. “With this new material management platform and upcoming releases such as our new belt scale solution, Position Partners is here to support the industry with reliable systems that are tried and tested nationally.”• For more information, visit positionpartners.com.au

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An Australian company has brought on rugby league royalty to help bring its safety awareness campaign over the try line.


ormer Australian rugby league star Shane Webcke has become the driving force behind SmartTech Australia’s safety awareness campaign. The campaign, featuring a YouTube series called Best on Ground: Site Safety with Shane Webcke, highlights how quarries adapt to changing safety conditions with procedures, rules, and technology. Webcke’s on-field exploits as a talented prop for the Brisbane Broncos’ dynasty years and the Queensland Maroons in the late ’90s and early 2000s are well-known, but his offfield experiences have fuelled his passion for workplace safety. Webcke’s father died in 1994 from a workplace safety incident. After the incident, Webcke made his professional rugby debut and grew his passion to ensure workers get home to their families safely daily. The four-time premiership player and Ron McAuliffe medallist told Quarry that safety had always been a critical focus for him on and off the field and now, in the quarry. “When they asked me, it was an easy thing for a number of reasons. Obviously, I am into the workplace health and safety, which is completely aligned with SmartTech’s business, but I am also a farm boy, and I love machinery,” he said.

“We’re a good fit together because I am always banging on about how workplace safety is aided and abetted by procedures, rules and technology.” SmartTech Australia General Manager Dan Barry said Webcke has already significantly impacted the company through his work with the Best on Ground series, which highlighted the Chevallum Quarry. “We’ve been lucky enough to engage one of the greats of the rugby league fraternity but also one of the greats in workplace health and safety in Shane,” Barry said. “At the end of the day, we’re trying to highlight that there is never going to be a substitute for a better safety culture and an operator who understands safety and the need to prioritise better decisions based on safety. “What we focused on with the Chevallum guys is the loading of trucks because we’ve seen how the industry has changed around that in our view with our customers and how they operate. “Since that, Chain of Responsibility has come into power and, what we’re talking about with customers now is how they can adapt and use the Loadrite as a safety tool as well as productivity tool.”

Chevallum Quarry is one of the Sunshine Coast’s essential sand-producing sites.


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The Loadrite scales can be applied to most quarry machinery and equipment.

LOAD RIGHT AND BE SAFE The Chevallum Quarry is one of the Sunshine Coast’s essential sand-producing sites. The site is owned and operated by Cordwell Resources, which has developed a reputation for high-quality products as a family-run business. The company has supplied the Sunshine Coast’s construction industry, civil contractors, local councils and landscape supplies with aggregates, sand, and quarry products for more than 50 years. In recent years, the company invested in on-site safety through its partnership with SmartTech Australia and the Loadrite system. Like many quarry operations across Australia, Cordwell Concrete has had to adapt to the Chain of Responsibility (CoR) legislation. The National Heavy Vehicle Regulator (NHVR) introduced the legislation more than five years ago to ensure that anyone with control over the transport task, not just the driver or operator of the heavy vehicle, can be held responsible for breaches of road laws. The changes to the CoR ensured the legislation aligned more closely with workplace health and safety provisions. All parties in the chain must reduce risks in transport tasks and ensure they have optimised safety. This legislation has paved the way for technological aids like the Loadrite system to ease the load on quarry workers. Loadrite scales can be applied to most quarry machinery, including excavators, loaders, conveyor belts and haul tracks. The system uses a rotary position sensor to monitor multiple measurement points This method enables accurate reporting by



averaging weight variations or discarding them if they are outside tolerance levels. This means quarries can use the data knowing the Loadrite systems have accounted for potential errors, including inexperienced operators or rough terrain on site. SmartTech’s staff are highly trained and can provide tailored solutions and calibration. They can help quarries optimise load capacities, minimise downtime, and ensure compliance with CoR regulations. As an authorised Loadrite dealer, the company can help quarries achieve solutions which are solidified with exceptional end-toend service. Barry said SmartTech’s trained staff could collaborate with clients to deliver improved safety solutions. “That operator might be very diligent on site for a certain element of that safety awareness, but there might be an element where they could be better,” he said. “It gives us a chance to collaborate a bit more, and you can actually see the impact of

Former Brisbane Broncos star Shane Webcke and SmartTech Australia general manager Dan Barry went to Chevallum Quarry.

that and say, ‘maybe this person doesn’t see they’re going close to a hazard every day,” Webcke said the Loadrite system would complement a strong safety culture. “Nothing replaces the diligence of the operator; you can engineer all you like, but you can’t engineer the danger out of a dangerous

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WITH CAT® 988 GC WHEEL LOADER Caterpillar has taken on client feedback to build a wheel loader that will allow quarries to move more materials at lower costs.


aintenance and fuel costs can stack up, adding to increased prices at a time where the cost of living is ever increasing. These significant expenses can hurt a quarry’s bottom line. This is the feedback Caterpillar heard from its quarry clients Reduced maintenance was vital to help keep the Cat® 988 GC wheel loader’s operational costs low. Caterpillar designed the machine with maintenance in mind to enable increased uptime. The Cat 988 GC Wheel Loader features an advanced filtration and hydraulic system for performance. The design team has incorporated centralised ground-level grease points, ground-level sight gauges, and access doors on the engine compartment for easy serviceability.

Providing easy access to simplify crucial daily service checks was essential to extending the wheel loader’s performance. The operator can also access onboard diagnostics alerts and machine information via an app or website. These features might seem small but would help quarries achieve advanced preventative maintenance and servicing efficiency.

RELIABLE AND EFFICIENT According to Caterpillar, the 988 GC wheel loader can achieve up to five per cent less fuel consumption and up to 15 per cent lower maintenance costs than the Cat 988K. This has allowed the 988 GC to deliver production within six per cent of the 988K in truck-loading applications. With these features, quarries can maximise life-cycle

value in moderate production applications. It also features a specially designed advanced power electronic control strategy for the quarrying industry. The transmission neutraliser pedal extends service brake life and allows full power during stationary loading. The transmission system is one of the best-in-class performance with consistent, smooth shifting, productivity, and efficiency improvements. A vital part of the 988 GC wheel loader design is the torque converter with standard lock-up clutch eliminates losses, lowers system heat, improves travel times, and reduces cycle times in loadand-carry operations, improving service life and serviceability. The 988 GC’s cooling package offers higher heat rejection with an on-demand The Cat 988 GC Wheel Loader can help move more materials at a lower cost.




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The 988 GC Wheel Loader can achieve up to five per cent less fuel consumption than the Cat 988K.

fan strategy and two available fan speed settings for standard and high-ambienttemperature configurations. Load-sensing hydraulics with direct hydraulic flow is also implemented when needed to optimise the machine’s performance efficiency. For load-and-carry applications an optional ride control system is available adding an auxiliary accumulator to the lift circuit for a smoother ride.

EASY, COMFORTABLE OPERATION Improving the operator experience was another important design consideration, with Steering and Integrated Control steering featuring low interior sound levels of 72 dB(A). Other key features for operators include cab isolation mounts, seat air suspension, a simplified interface, touch screen display, easy-to-use soft detent implement controls and an optional air-cooled and heated seat.

The 988 GC comes with standard rear Cat vision and can be equipped with Cat Detect technology. These features help enhance the awareness of the working environment and allow for safe and confident operation. These features are designed to reduce operator fatigue, which research shows is a significant impediment on site. According to data from the Commissioner for Resources and Safety and Health, approximately 2.5 per cent of all reported notifiable incidents included fatigue as a factor, and 80 per cent of all fatigue-related incidents in Queensland mines involved vehicles, with 85 per cent of vehicular fatigue-related incidents occurring in heavy vehicles. By incorporating these technologies, Caterpillar aims to help quarry operators move more material at a lower cost per hour for a faster return on their investment.• For more information, visit cat.com

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MAKING THE INVISIBLE VISIBLE Occupational hygienists from around the nation (and the globe) will converge on Melbourne from December 4–6 for the Australian Institute of Occupational Hygienists (AIOH) 40th Annual Scientific Conference and Exhibition. Quarry finds out how occupational hygienists can support the resources industry.


orking on a quarry site carries many risks that must be managed properly to ensure everyone remains safe and healthy. The risks associated with safety hazards, like working around heavy machinery and working at heights, are often obvious and have immediately consequences. Other hazards may not hurt our workers straight away and may not be visible. Occupational hygiene considers many of these longer-term hazards, including noise, heat, and dust. Samantha Clarke, an AIOH media ambassador, said the quarrying industry needs to incorporate effective dust controls, to manage worker’s exposure to silica, coal, and metal dusts, at the same level they manage safety risks. This includes the implementation of ventilation systems and respiratory protection to manage worker’s exposures to respiratory hazards. “Because their impact may take years to result in irreversible health effects, like cancer or noise induced hearing loss, these risks do not tend to demand the attention they deserve,” she told Quarry. “Like safety hazards, occupational hygienists use the hierarchy of controls when advising ways to manage these risks.” Clarke has been a hygienist for more than 20 years, predominantly working in the aluminium industry. She has decades of experience assisting the resource industry


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with understanding exposure to asbestos, silica, noise, and mould. As an occupational hygienist, Clarke has helped quarries and mines understand their exposure risks, often starting with a walkthrough survey to understand the site processes and the controls in place. This includes speaking to workers, as they typically understand their workplaces best, including the problems and possible solutions. Workplace monitoring can be undertaken to measure what levels of dust or noise workers may be exposed to. This can be compared to workplace exposure standards to understand health risks, to inform an ongoing strategy to prioritise and minimise risks. “Measurement is important even when exposure levels are low. Respirable crystalline silica, for example, can be hazardous at very low concentrations, so exposure risks may not be obvious” she said. This data informs the solution options required to manage these risks, including dust collectors, dust suppression, ventilation, and remote monitoring. “Exposure data can support a business case for large exposure reduction projects. Having a quantitative baseline can also verify the effectiveness of these investments, by demonstrating a reduction in worker exposures,” she said. However, occupational hygiene also has great potential for the quarrying industry,

which is why the AIOH is encouraging quarry operators to attend its annual scientific conference and exhibition on 4 to 6 December in Melbourne. Clarke said the event’s theme is based around being future ready, and will showcase how the industry is, and will need to continue to be, transformative, innovative, and relevant. “The event will host speakers from around the world to share advances in health knowledge, monitoring technologies, research, communication, and leadership. We welcome safety professionals, allied health professionals and site operators to gain an insight into our field,” she said. “It will also feature our biggest ever exhibition, where equipment suppliers, laboratories, consultants, software providers and universities share the latest technologies, tools and services on the market.” “Our goal is to promote healthy workplaces, by providing opportunities for our members to continuously improve their technical and influencing skills. This enables us to engage with and support industries, including quarrying, to understand and effectively manage their health risks, and ultimately reduce the risk of their worker’s experiencing disabling diseases.” • AIOH 2023 Annual Scientific Conference & Exhibition, December 4 – 6th, at Melbourne’s Crown Promenade. Register at aioh.org.au.

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LAUNCHES TOTHINK EQUIPMENT ToThink engineering director, Darren Toth, tells Quarry about how the company has evolved into an equipment and parts/hardware supplier.

The trading name ToThink Equipment is registered under its parent company ToThink Engineering.


elbourne-based ToThink Engineering has been supplying screens and feeders to the quarry, recycling, and mining industries for several years. Darren Toth founded the business in 2016, after previously working for a major crushing and screening equipment supplier since 2004. The company started off assisting sites with equipment that wasn’t running as originally intended or expected. It soon became obvious that there was an opportunity to design and build ToThink’s own range of products locally and provide customers with quality equipment accompanied by the kind of technical support where they can speak to the engineers who actually designed the machine. “I am passionate about locally made products, local jobs and local customer support so 100 per cent of our design,


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assembly and the majority of our parts are manufactured locally,” Toth said. As the company evolved into an equipment and parts/hardware supplier Toth wanted to be able to promote the machine side of the business with a name that better described it, hence the creation of ‘ToThink Equipment’. The trading name ToThink Equipment is registered under its parent company ToThink Engineering. Its product range continues to grow and includes a range of inclined screens, dewatering screens, scalping screens, pan feeders and apron feeders. “We have a range of standard machines and, due to our in-house design skills, we also have the ability to supply equipment suitable for more challenging applications,” Toth said. “Another one of our strengths enables us to manufacture equipment where a customer simply wants to replace an existing machine

without having to modify the structure and chute work around it. We can help with that too,” Toth said. ToThink has supplied equipment into several Australian states and its staff are proud to be adding to this list whilst growing their product range. “We have sold machines that have been direct replacements for other makes of equipment,” Toth said. “We have also partnered with some of Australia’s key project companies who have given us the opportunity to supply machines for new plant and also upgrades. We know we have something to offer to the industry and we know our brand is not yet known Australia wide. We are heading into very exciting times for ToThink Equipment”. • For more information, visit tothink.com.au


PUGMILL PERFECTION A Queensland quarry is reaping the benefits of a Northern Irish innovation after taking delivery of a new pugmill to improve operations.


raeside Quarries, located on the New England Highway near Warrick in Queensland, is far from Northern Ireland. However, distance has not stopped the two companies from forming a successful partnership. Quarry spoke to IMS (Irish Manufacturing Services) Australian distributor Crusher Screen Sales and Hire (CSSH) manager John Andersen about its collaboration with Northern Ireland company and how both organisations work together to deliver new innovative products for the Australian market. A key innovation is the new pugmill/blender, which has recently been delivered to the Braeside Quarries in Queensland.

BRAESIDE’S BENEFITS Braeside Quarries was established almost two decades ago in 2007 as a small producer to supply the local construction scene with hard rock aggregate, including hornfels and granite. Since its establishment, Braeside has developed into a medium-scale producer. Braeside’s client list includes diverse users, including local council, state government projects and private developments.

Braeside was looking for a pugmill that could blend two products at once to improve its product management and quality control. CSSH provides nationwide service with specialisation in the sales and hire of pugmills and blending equipment. Based in Yatala, Queensland, the Australian company offers turn-key solutions for pugmills and blenders with Australian-designed and serviced computer programming. With Braeside’s objectives, CSSH commissioned a new PM1200-20TB pugmill with an IMS mobile 45-tonne silo. Andersen said the pugmill and silo would allow for accurate blends due to the twin feeder hoppers and PLC control and recording system. It comes after the regulation requirements tightened up on material product specifications for the industry in recent years. Andersen said the key advantage of this setup was that Braeside could have confidence in its compliance for its customers. “They know have certainty that correct percentage of fines are being added to their road base with moisture control and the option of CTB or in one process reducing

costs and reports to confirm the batch percentages,” he said. “The other advantage is they can have separate products in the two feed hoppers waiting for trucks to arrive and remoting start the correct hopper for moisture control loading directly into the truck and trailers. “All this adds confidence to Braeside Quarry clients that their product is compliant and will not cause downstream problems on roads and construction sites.” The PM1200-20TB pugmill follows on from IMS’ PM1050-16TB Track pugmill, used throughout Australia in quarries, major construction sites and remediation projects. A Braeside representative said the company had been impressed by the new plant which offered several advantages compared to its previous set-up. According to IMS, the new PM1200-20TB pugmill has several design tweaks that improve past designs. The PM1200-20TB has two five-metre-long feed hoppers holding 10m2 each with separate feed hopper conveyors, both fitted with belt scales. The scales can be controlled by a PLC updated control and recording system and operated by an iPad in the loader or office.

The new blender features the same updated PLC system as the PM1200-20TB pugmill.


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“The pugbox has been extended due to increased power percentages of products such as roller compacted concrete (RCC) and has the option of two powder hoppers with load cells and rotary valves for blending two powders at once on site,” Andersen said. “This avoids the cost of premix bulk blending or having two silos with different powders ready for mixing different powder blends. “The other options are vibrating hydraulic tipping grids and the ability to add two liquids at the same time; the plant is powered by a CAT C7 motor.”

COLLABORATION LEADS TO INNOVATION IMS and CSSH have been busy working on new designs to bring to market for the quarry, mining, and soil remediation industries. IMS unveiled a new electric four-hopper track blender in the BP1200-48TB. According to Andersen, the BP1200-48TB adds to IMS’ extensive product portfolio, including electric modular pugmills offering

CSSH commissioned a new PM1200-20TB pugmill with an IMS mobile 45-tonne silo.

up to four feed hoppers, electric and hydraulic wheel and track conveyors, single feed hopper blenders, and screening plants. The new blender features the same updated PLC control and recording system as the PM1200-20TB pugmill. All four feed hoppers hold 12m3 with separated feed hopper conveyors fitted with belt scales. A CAT C7 generator powers the BP120048TB, which can also be connected to mains

power and drive a 24-metre radial stacker for extra stockpile capacity. “The Nord electric gear drive motors allow for a wide range of accurate speeds to suit low percentage blends,” Andersen said. “The blender can be incorporated with the IMS pugmills and controlled by a common PLC control and recording system and has the option of adding vibrating tipping grids as well.”• For more information, visit crusherscreen.com



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Questions remain over the major industrial relations bill, which has been left in limbo until next year as the Senate investigates significant changes to workers.


nions and politicians have voiced their thoughts after the Federal Government’s major Industrial Relations bill, which would have significant changes for workers, was delayed. The bill includes provisions to provide minimum conditions to gig economy workers, criminalise wage theft, improve the right to secure permanent casuals and introduce “same job, same pay” measures for labourhire workers as directly employed workers doing the same job. It would also re-establish the multi-factorial test to determine


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whether a person is an employee or contractor. Legal experts, like Landers and Rogers, have expressed it would impact “almost every worker and business in Australia”. Industrial Relations minister Tony Burke said the changes for the bill would be “life changing”. “This year’s legislation is about closing the loopholes that undermine job security and wages – including the labour-hire loophole,” Burke said in a statement. “Our reform will not stop employers from rewarding their

employees for their skills, qualifications, and hard work.” However, the bill will be in limbo until at least February next year. Opposition workplace relations spokesperson Michaelia Cash gained the critical support of David Pocock, Jacqui Lambie and One Nation to set the deadline for the Senate’s report into the bill for February next year. According to the Australian Financial Review, the 284-page ‘Close the Loopholes Bill’ has a 500-page explanatory memorandum that caused concern for crossbenchers.

Cash explained to AFR that parliament needed more time to consider the bill, given it impacted key issues including labour hire, the gig economy, casuals and wage theft. “If you were given 800 pages of complex legislation that was going to affect your business, would you not ask the government to actually give this chamber the opportunity to properly scrutinise it?” she told the Senate at the time. According to reports, Burke said the delay held up potential pay rises for those in the mining and associated industries. Before the vote, several associations had publicly expressed their opposition to the bill. Master Builders chief executive officer Denita Wawn said the bill was far from “simple” in a media release. “Over the past few weeks, we have seen comments from Minister Burke that this legislation is simply about ‘closing loopholes’ and the impact will be minimal. However, we now know that is simply not the case,” she said. “There is nothing simple about adding hundreds of pages to the Fair Work Act

and expecting businesses of all sizes and independent contractors to try and navigate it. “The bill is not about ‘closing loopholes’ but ties a rope around the hands of tradies and creates loopholes for the union movement to increase their stranglehold of the building and construction industry. “The legislation is completely inconsistent with the long-held concepts that underpin the workplace relations system.” The Victorian Chamber of Commerce shared the sentiment and said the bill should be rejected before the vote. VCC chief executive officer Paul Guerra said delaying the Senate report was a good move. “The Bill should be postponed until the Government has adequately addressed concerns, undertaken genuine consultation and made clear how the Bill impacts employers and employees,” he said. “Proposed changes to multi-employer bargaining risks implicating small, medium and family businesses, who need support to recover from the

pandemic and get through harsh economic conditions, not more ambiguity and compliance. “A one-size-fits-all approach to wages undermines business flexibility and productivity.” Some unions and advocacy bodies have supported parts of the IR bill. HIA managing director Jocelyn Martin said there were significant wins for contractors. “Protecting the rights of independent contractors is critical,” she said. “Under the proposed laws, a worker must be operating via a digital platform and be ‘employee-like’ to become subject to the Fair Work Commission’s proposed new powers to set minimum standards. Claims that the Commission will be able to force independent contractors to become employees don’t appear to hold much weight. “In a further win… apprentice and training arrangements have been expressly excluded from measures targeted at labourhire providers.” The bill will return next year to the Senate after the deadline was announced.•

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DELIVERING THE GOODS Two Australian producers have become among the best in their states after investing in a partnership with dealer Finlay.


hile distance separates Clay and Mineral and Nitro Crushing, their journeys to become high-volume producers have distinct parallels. A vital part of the companies’ strategy was their decision to invest in a partnership with prominent dealer Finlay. Quarry spoke to Clay and Mineral’s operations manager, Domenic Trimboli, and Nitro Crushing director Trent Marino, about how Finlay stands out.

DELIVERING IN FAR NORTH QUEENSLAND Nitro Crushing and Finlay have been strong partners for the best part of a decade.

Marino’s Nitro Crushing is the largest owner of Finlay’s C1540RS machine in the Southern Hemisphere. For Marino – who has tried and tested several other crusher brands – Finlay’s C1540RS gives him vast versatility across several types of aggregate. It was the first Finlay machine he purchased and has since become his bread and butter. It’s even part of Nitro Crushing’s logo. The machine comes with an independent pre-screen, which allows him to bypass fines to increase production. The cone is a hydrostatic drive, which means less maintenance and enables Marino to adjust

the speed of the cone to create more fines production or shape material. The C1540RS has a Cat C13 engine that runs at low RPM while maintaining a consistent power level. Marino said he can make two calibrated products simultaneously with the 12 x 5 screen and recirculate the oversized material back to the cone for further reduction. While some crushers only allow operators to put rock in and tighten, Finlay has options for pre-screening, speed adjustments of the cone, and feed and recirculation available to the operator. After spending years working with the Finlay C1540RS, Marino is confident he’d use no other machine instead. “The machines are incredibly well thought out; I think they’re brilliant,” Marino said.

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Nitro Crushing is the biggest owner of Finlay’s C1540RS machine in the Southern Hemisphere.

“When we started, I had every brand of crusher and was testing all of them, but none came close to what Finlay’s crusher could do,” he said.

“We have so many more options with Finlay on how we crush, which has allowed us to be creative and reinvent how we make the product.”

All of Marino’s crushing machinery is from Finlay to take advantage of its integrated nature in a train set-up, which sometimes allows them to be two machines in one. Nitro Crushing has grown into one of Far North Queensland’s prolific aggregate producers. The family-owned company has grown from two employees to 40, and from a Fleet of Three Crushers to over 20 Finlay machines comprising of jaws, cones, impactors, screens and stackers, focusing on quality quarrying and mining production. Finlay has bolstered its presence with local service support in Far North Queensland. Alongside that, the company has employed a suite of trained staff across Australia who can provide phone call support to get machines back into operation. While it may seem small, when there are thousands of kilometres between Nitro Crushing’s projects, Marino said it counted for a lot to reduce downtime and maintain the family-owned business.








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“We’ve built a relationship with Finlay, and that’s gone both ways as well; they’ve built a relationship with us, and we’ve grown together,” he said. “The service guys will do anything for us; they’ve raced parts urgently to the airport for us, and all the parts we need are in stock; they never falter in their service for us. “If one of our crushing machines went down, it’s big dollars per hour, and we run solely on reputation; every job we get is from our reputation for quality. “Finlay and their aftersales service have been a big part of that for us because when your machinery looks good, produces well, and doesn’t have downtime, that reputation has grown.” The Far North Queensland company have worked exclusively with Finlay for crushing equipment since 2016 after making the first purchase in 2012. Finlay has relied on Nitro’s feedback to improve its crushing range. Finlay’s Queensland sales manager, Justin Guilfoyle, said the partnership with Nitro Crushing showcased how much the company cared for its customers. “It is very much a two-way street between us, and it is vital to us to have this relationship,” he said. “If we’re not innovating, we’re going to be left behind, so their feedback has been critical to the business.”

Marino says using Finlay machines, like the C1540RS, has created many avenues for Nitro Crushing. “I can do things with Finlay’s machines that people say I can’t do, but because they’re so well thought out and set up, I can, and it makes working enjoyable,” he said. “It is a phenomenal machine and has only improved over the years.”

ASSURED WITH SAND Clay and Mineral are just as satisfied with Finlay’s equipment. The South Australian company is a high-volume sand producer and supplier with more than six decades in the business. The company was in the market for a new screening plant to revitalise its older fleet. But, unlike the other salespeople who came to Trimboli’s door, Finlay’s South Australian sales manager, Han Alam, was confident Finlay’s machine was the best fit for them. After an interstate road trip test of the machine, Clay and Mineral shared the confidence. “In this industry, you can get a salesperson or sometimes two coming to see you every day, and I don’t really sit down with too many of them,” Trimboli said. “Finlay equipment can sell itself to an extent, but Han was respectful with us, and it came across that he was selling something he believed would be good for our business.

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“It is a good quality product, but Han’s belief in that product stood out.” Clay and Mineral’s Finlay fleet includes four 693+ Supertrak screens and two smaller Finlay 683 machines. The Finlay 693 +is an 8m3 hopper featuring a 20x5ft two-deck screen powered by a Cat C 4.4 engine. Alam said the machine is a versatile all-rounder and can work as a standalone machine or part of a train set-up across the sand, road base or aggregate production. The machine’s versatility has enabled Clay and Mineral to position themselves for the future by working on several solar projects, including Bungala near Port Augusta. “We have several applications, and some need a rigorous and aggressive manufacturing process,” Trimboli said. “We knew that Finlay has been around for a long time and has a good name primarily for how they are designed. “Its ability to process material longer and harder for us, with what we wanted to do, was a good thing, especially for some of our sites. “It has allowed us to maximise what we can sell and pass onto the market.” Clay and Mineral have relied on Finlay’s aftersales service to keep its expansive operations going like their Finlay counterparts in Far North Queensland. It has 30 to 40 campaign operating sites across South Australia, with large distances in between. In the sand producer’s work on the remote solar projects, Trimboli said good manufacturer service was crucial for harnessing the company’s new fleet. “The relationship has always been pretty friendly, and Han and the team are always around to help us,” Trimboli said. “The salesperson can sell you the first machine, but the aftersales service and support will sell you the ones after that, and we get that with Finlay. “We have a good line to the guys in the workshop, or they send people down from the head office in Queensland; I couldn’t speak higher of them, and it’s been a great relationship.” While Clay and Mineral first bought Finlay equipment in 2021, they’ve become committed customers of Finlay’s machinery. “It’s been the perfect machine for us. It is a big machine that can still be moved around, so it is the perfect size,” he said. “As a sand machine, it is ideal for us and our settings and applications.” • For more information, visit finlay.com.au


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YOUNG MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: DYLAN NAGLE Quarry Magazine spoke with Dylan Nagle, general manager of Hunter Quarries and member of the IQA Young Member Network What are the main benefits to joining the YMN and engaging with others in the industry through the YMN? It has been a terrific opportunity to grow my network. There have been many shared learnings taken from site visits and discussions with other site personnel that have been invaluable to my personal development. In addition, the training seminars and workshops run by the IQA have helped my transition from a concrete and project management background to working in the quarry industry.

What upcoming events are you most excited about from the IQA? The current YMN to the Hunter region will be a great event to showcase the local Hunter Quarries. Have you made any long-lasting connections through the YMN? I’m new to YMN so none as yet but it has been great to meet lots of positive and

enthusiastic professionals. Is there anything you would like to share to help people join the YMN? All the training seminars and workshops account towards Certificate of Competencies for Quarry Management tickets as well as provide greater professional development opportunities so get involved!•

As a representative of your Sub-Branch what is some advice that you can share with the young people in and around the quarrying industry? My advice would be to jump in head first. The industry is crying out for enthusiastic young people who are willing to roll their sleeves up and get passionate about the industry. What role do the younger generations have to play when it comes to representing the industry? The younger generation have the ability to shape the industry and the workplace they inherit. Therefore, if you get involved from the ground up you can help shape it sooner.


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VICTORIAN SUB-BRANCH NETWORKING DINNER & ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING The IQA’s Victorian Sub-Branch Networking Dinner and Annual General Meeting was held at Radcliffe’s in Echuca on Thursday 5th October 2023. The event started with the Sub-Branch Chair, Adrian Bourke, providing an overview of the last financial year with a run-down of events held and sponsors before the new committee for 2023-24 was elected. Our guest presenter at the event was the recently appointed CEO of the IQA, Clare Murray. Clare’s presentation included an overview of the revised IQA Strategic Plan

for 2023-2026 after the recently completed external review. She also provided an outline of the vision for the IQA, as well discussion on how key stakeholders, branches, members, and associates can ensure that the IQA continues to be relevant and serve our industry. Radcliffe’s provided a great setting for a wonderful night of networking and formalities. We thank all IQA members, non-members and associates that attended.

NSW GRADUATION DINNER On the 14th of September the IQA NSW Branch Graduation Dinner was held at the

IQA NEWS Mercure Kooindah Waters Resort at Wyong, to acknowledge and celebrate the academic achievements of the 2018–2023 Industry Graduates. Congratulations to those graduates in completing their Diplomas and Certificate Courses in Surface Operations Management, Laboratory Technology, Work Health and Safety and Surface Extraction Operations. You are the industry’s future leaders, representing Boral, Hanson Australia, Holcim Australia, Hunter Quarries and Newcastle Sand. It was a great evening, where guests had the opportunity to meet IQA CEO Clare Murray, IQA Director James Collings, MIQ, General Manager – Quarries (NSW/ACT) Boral Construction Materials, & NSW Branch Chair, Scott Whittaker AIQ, Supply Chain Manager Aggregates ER, Hanson Australia as well as members of the NSW Branch Committee. It was inspiring to hear from motivational speaker Tony Mowbray on ‘The Power of Commitment’ – a reminder to never give up,

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trust your instincts, stay committed and you can do anything. Thanks so much Tony. Thank you to Scott Tipping AIQ, Regional General Manager, Eastern Region Hanson (Australia) and Community Ambassador for RU OK? for sharing a personalised presentation to recognise RU OK Day, connecting the room and reminding us to all check in with our colleagues,

mates and families. Thank you to the NSW Branch Committee for all their time and commitment spent to make events like these happen. And lastly, a very big thank you to the event sponsors – Komatsu Australia, Hanson Australia, WesTrac, and to everyone that came out to celebrate the evening.





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Renowned personality David Attenborough featured the Hills Quarry site in a TV documentary.

A mammoth graveyard featured in David Attenborough’s documentary is set for further exploration next year.


ills Quarry site, located around Swindon in England, has announced its location will be subject to further research in 2024 as part of an effort to uncover more mammoth fossils. Hills Quarry has been an aggregate supplier for the area since its establishment in 1900. It is known for its aggregate supply and ready-mix cement from its quarry site before it changed in recent years. In 2017, amateur fossil hunters Sally and Neville Hollingworth uncovered a mammoth tusk. The discovery, made in a quarry in Swindon rather than Siberia, captured the


Quarry November 2023

attention of Sir David Attenborough and university academics. Sir David Attenborough’s documentary premiered in 2021 as the legendary TV personality joined a team of professors, including Professor Ben Garrod, to examine the quarry site. Garrod told BBC Science Focus about how he came to get David Attenborough involved in the project. “I showed him a series of photos when we were at a conference together, and it wasn’t hard to hook him on such an amazing project,” he said in 2021.

“For me, to work with David on such a big project was always going to be amazing, but what is most lovely about this project is that it showcases the science. “We don’t do that enough in media, unfortunately. It’s often just the end product that’s shown. This shows the process going on behind the scenes, like those 10-minute ‘How we filmed…’ shorts at the end of the big, glossy shows David usually does. This is really seeing who’s involved, what they’re doing, how the discoveries have been made.” A 200,000-year-old mammoth graveyard was found in 2019 and 2021. The remains of steppe mammoth tusks, a pygmy mammoth tooth, several bison vertebrae, a rib and jawbone, wild horse ribs and a partially complete tooth from a cave or brown bear have been uncovered at the site. The tusk from the 2019 dig can be seen at the Bristol History Museum. Hills Quarry Products group director Peter Andrew said it was important for Hills to be involved in work like this. “Quarrying is fundamental in recreating biodiverse habitats, wet woodlands and enhancing nature,” he said in a statement. “Whilst this is not always seen, it highlights the scientific importance of this site and how cooperation can benefit both the quarrying and scientific industries.” All the new material will be conserved at Yorkshire Natural History Museum. The further investigation, called Mammoth 2.0, aims to uncover more mammoth bones. This will help researchers and archaeologists know more about their herds’ size and social structure and how this compares to modern elephants. The excavation involved dewatering the area using water pumps. After the investigation, the area was restored as a temporary lake. “It was a true pleasure to meet Mike Hill and the team at Hills. If it wasn’t for their support and shared vision of the scientific importance of this site, this multidisciplinary systematic excavation would not have been possible,” Neo Jurassica director James Hogg said. Andrew said the company was excited for the next stage of the excavation to start next year. “It is a fantastic site, and it just keeps on giving. We are looking forward to next year when we will welcome more teams of experts to carry out the next part of the excavation.”•

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